Posted by: Regina | November 25, 2007

Peace One Day

This is a link to the video above. For some reason it doesn’t play in Netscape from WordPress. However, with the IE browser it plays just fine. If you want to view it and can’t you can either click the link, switch to IE or click over to the Peace One Day site which I’ve linked below.

Peace One Day is an annual event I just found out about when I was watching CNN International. Richard Quest is doing a special show called Quest for Peace. He showed part of a piece he did on British film maker Jeremy Gilley who heads up Peace One Day.

In the piece Quest asked if idealism is the way to go? Peace One Day is most certainly idealistic and optimistic, but really, I think that idealism and optimism are needed in a world that can bring you down just by watching the news.

Here is a letter from Gilley explaining Peace One Day.

July 2007

Dear Friends

I founded Peace One Day in 1999 to document my efforts to create an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence with a fixed calendar date. In 2001, POD achieved its primary objective. United Nations General Assembly resolution (A/Res/55/282) was unanimously adopted by UN member states, formally establishing an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on the UN International Day of Peace, fixed in the global calendar on 21 September – Peace Day.

With the Day in place, POD’s main aim is to raise awareness of Peace Day 21 September. POD is a non-profit organisation, impartial and independent of any government, political persuasion, corporation or religious creed.

Last year on 21 September, 27.6 million people from 200 countries did something for Peace Day. I hope you’ll make your own commitment for Peace Day and log it on this website. By working together there will be Peace One Day. We look forward to hearing from you.

With thanks and best wishes

In peace

Jeremy Gilley

A lot of celebrities have participated in Peace One Day events. This year there was a concert at Royal Albert Hall. The concert was headlined by Annie Lennox but many other musicians contributed: Corinne Bailey Rae, James Morrison, Beth Orton, Marc Almond and others. Also, Jude Law is a friend of Gilley’s and has taken on the cause as a spokesperson.

Here is more information on Peace One Day from this year’s concert press release (this is an Adobe Acrobat Reader document – .pdf):

Notes on Peace One Day:

Peace One Day began life as a film project, the vision of one man, British filmmaker, Jeremy Gilley. Launched in September 1999, Peace One Day has gained active support from governments through to individuals the world over. In September 2001, Peace One Day achieved its primary objective: a United Nations General Assembly Resolution (A/Res/55/282), put forward by the UK and Costa Rican governments, was unanimously adopted by UN member states formally establishing an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on the UN International Day of Peace – Peace Day – fixed in the global calendar on 21 September.

Jeremy Gilley and Peace One Day continue the journey to inform the world’s people of the Day’s existence, engaging them in the Day’s observance in accordance with UN GA Resolution 55/282. The finished feature-length documentary Peace One Day has played all over the world and has become a powerful tool in the awareness raising process.

In 2006, for the first time in the Day’s history, Peace One Day successfully drove the initiative to instigate commitments to Peace Day in 200 countries, including all 192 UN member states, directly involving 27.6 million people. On 21 September 2006 there were life-saving activities by humanitarian organisations in southern Sudan and the DRC with immunisation campaigns in a further nine countries worldwide; there were peace marches, festivals, music events, multi-faith celebrations, sports events, debates, parties, dance events, and the Song for Peace initiative, which involved 2.2 million young people in over 6,000 schools across the UK.

Peace One Day’s Flickr page.

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