Peace One Day
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|Key people||Jeremy Gilley, Founder|
|Focus(es)||Peace day, World peace, Non-violence, Conflict resolution, International community|
|Method(s)||Activism, Education, Non-violence, Ceasefires, Life-saving|
Peace One Day is a non-profit organisation with the objective to raise awareness of the International Day of Peace that occurs on 21 September each year. The objective of the organisation is to foster Peace Day as "a day for wide-scale community action, and a day for the United Nations agencies and aid organisations to safely carry out life-saving work."
Founded in 1999 by the British documentary filmmaker and actor Jeremy Gilley. Unanimously approved by all members States the resolution also invites organisations and individuals to commemorate the International Day of Peace through education and public awareness, and to cooperate with the United Nations in the establishment of the global ceasefire.
In 1998 Jeremy Gilley conceived the idea of a single day when all countries vowed not to wage war; a worldwide ceasefire and day of non-violence. Later that year, Gilley established Peace One Day and began meeting students, peace negotiators, NGOs, government representatives, heads of state, and United Nations officials in order to initiate the Peace Day campaign. Those contacted included: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, Secretary General of the League of Arab States Amre Moussa, Peace Laureate and former Israeli President Shimon Peres, former Costa Rican President and Nobel Peace Laureate - Oscar Arias Sanchez, Nelson Mandela and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.
The UN holds many international observances and had already declared the third Tuesday of September the International Day of Peace, Peace One Day aimed to resolve the confusion on which calendar day it fell and extend the International Day of Peace beyond its essential symbolism, urging for a more robust resolution. On 7 September 2001, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution, sponsored by the UK and Costa Rica, formally establishing the UN International Day of Peace an annual Peace Day of global ceasefire and non-violence on a fixed calendar date 21 September. This process was recorded by Gilley who consequently created the documentary film "Peace One Day".
The former UK ambassador to the United Nations, Jeremy Greenstock, credited Peace One Day's campaign with playing a central role in the new resolutions processes and commented that "the need for such an enhanced approach was originally brought to our attention by a United Kingdom-based non-governmental organization, Peace One Day".
The first Peace Days passed relatively uneventfully, and it was not until 2006 that "life-saving activities" began to take place on the 21st. On Peace Day 2006 the World Food Programme delivered 30 tonnes of food to Southern Sudan, Star Syringe Ltd. carried out immunization programs in nine countries, and the International Rescue Committee reunited a former child soldier with her family.
In 2007, Peace One Day focused on Afghanistan to help develop and document preparations for life-saving activities across the country for Peace Day. A 21 September ceasefire allowed UN agencies and the Afghan government to give polio vaccines to 1.4 million children in areas of southern and eastern Afghanistan. Gilley and Peace One Day Ambassador Jude Law traveled to Afghanistan to videotape the impact of the 2007 Peace Day in Afghanistan for Gilley's documentary "The Day After Peace", meeting with Afghan Minister of Education Mohammad Atmar, UN Special Representative to Afghanistan Tom Koenigs, the head of the Afghan Red Crescent Society Fatima Gailani, and many others.
As a result of this work, since 2007, Peace Day agreements by all parties to conflict in the region have resulted in the immunisation against polio of 4.5 million children in areas hitherto unreachable or hard to reach due to conflict.
On Peace Day 2008 the UN announced a 70% reduction in violent incidents in Afghanistan.
Global Truce 2012
At the Peace Day O2 Arena concert in 2011, Peace One Day announced a 365 day countdown to a Global Truce in 2012, to take place on the forthcoming Peace Day. The concert promoted the London 2012's Olympic Truce programme and marked the International Day of Peace. With successful negotiations for consecutive ceasefires on Peace Day between 2008 to 2010 in Afghanistan and the humanitarian work that was achieved there, demonstrating in one of the most difficult conflicts, the day could work and lives can be saved. This inspired Jeremy Gilley which lead to the ambitious and unprecedented announcement, of a new international campaign called Global Truce 2012. Peace One Day monitored the day's impact with measurable results and hoped that it would become a world record, in conjunction with the Guinness World Records.
The aims of Global Truce 2012:
- The largest reduction in global violence in recorded history, both domestically and internationally.
- The largest ever gathering of individuals in the name of peace.
To involve communities and individuals in action on the day, Peace One Day is involved in grassroots initiatives and has organised international coalitions with non-governmental organisations and student unions in every continent of the world, that support the campaign to mobilise mass participation on Peace Day. The campaign also highlights domestic violence and bullying in society, that the campaign sees equally important to reduce as armed conflict.
The Peace One Day Celebration and concert on Peace Day 2012, the day of Global Truce, was held at Wembley Arena, with headline acts including Elton John, James Morrison and 2Cellos. Jeremy Gilley intends the Global Truce campaign to continue after 2012 and be renamed with each approaching year, building more partnerships and action on Peace Day.
For 21 September every year Peace One Day leads a global campaign of widespread community action and celebration in every continent. Peace One Day encourages people to organise their own events and activities in their local community and join their family and friends in action on Peace Day. Past years such events have included Peace Day walks, discussions, poetry readings, assemblies, concerts, art and photography exhibitions, sport events and screenings of Peace One Day films. The project aims to institutionalise Peace Day and generate grassroots activity in all 193 member states of the United Nations. In 2007 the director of United Nations News and Media Department, Ahmad Fawzisaw stated: "over 100 million people, in over 100 countries are marking the day, today [September 21] in many different ways,"
Peace One Day concerts
As part of their continuing plan to raise awareness of Peace Day they have arranged numerous concerts with the support of celebrities and musicians like Annie Lennox, Angelina Jolie, Joseph Fiennes, Sir Richard Branson, and the late Mo Mowlam. The first concert was held in 2002 at the Brixton Academy in London, and it was so successful that a second concert was held there again in 2003.
In 2007, Peace One Day organised a third concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London, headlining Annie Lennox with Yusuf Islam, Corinne Bailey Rae, James Morrison, Kate Nash, and Marc Almond. The concert also included specially filmed pieces from Jude Law, David Beckham, and Lord David Puttnam. A second concert was held at the Royal Albert Hall in 2008, and it was broadcast in 93 countries.
The 2011 concert at the O2 Arena announced a new Peace One Day initiative Global Truce 2012, Razorlight and Eliza Doolittle headlined. On 21 June 2012 a Peace One Day concert at Derry, in the spirit of the Olympic Truce marked the start of the London 2012 Festival and was also a three month countdown to Global Truce 2012, some of the musicians that performed were Pixie Lott, Newton Faulkner and Imelda May.
The Peace One Day Celebration annual concert on Peace Day 21 September 2012, the day of Global Truce was held at Wembley Arena in London, with musicians Elton John, James Morrison and 2Cellos, introductions were made by Jude Law, Lily Cole and other special guests. The results of the Global Truce 2012 were announced.
Peace One Day launched its first educational resource, the Peace One Day Citizenship Resource Pack in May 2006. Since then, the team has gone on to create an education resource that is available free online to those who have registered with the website. The resource is meant to be used in schools to teach children in grades 6-12 about conflict resolution, global citizenship, human rights, and the link between sustainability and peace; there are currently 5,000 users and by 2010 the organization hopes to have 20,000 educators utilizing the resource. In 2010, with the help of Skype, Peace One Day launched the resource in the six official languages of the UN (Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish), all also available free online. The new online resource contains an extra lesson, "Intercultural Cooperation", that allows students to connect with students from other countries through Skype.
Peace One Day films
The first documentary Peace One Day (2004) shows the real-life results of Peace Day 21 September around the world, including life-saving initiatives by leading humanitarian organizations. The film was used to encourage the members of the United Nations General Assembly to adopt 21 September as the day of global ceasefire and nonviolence, and includes footage of Kofi Annan, the Dalai Lama, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, and Alan Rickman.
Gilley completed a second feature documentary, The Day After Peace, in 2008. The film includes footage of the visit to Afghanistan by Jeremy and Jude Law and has won numerous awards, including the Cinèma Vérité Award in Paris and Geneva and the Best Documentary Award at the Zimbabwe International Film Festival. It was premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on 19 May 2008 and was shown on 21 September 2008, at a Gala screening at the Royal Albert Hall, London. It was also shown on 20 September 2008 on BBC Four as part of the Storyville strand and on BBC Two on 27 September 2008. In August 2008 free screenings of the film were offered in Afghanistan. This was part of a promotional tour with Peace One Day Ambassador Jude Law, to encourage all citizens of Afghanistan to celebrate Peace Day.
In 2010, Gilley completed a third feature documentary, entitled Peace One Day Part Three. Produced by Gilley and Jude Law, it received its premiere broadcasts on 18/19 September 2010 on BBC World, with a reach of 306 million households in over 200 countries.
In 2010, Peace One Day launched a new division, POD Productions. POD Productions now provides film production services for third parties. All revenue goes into the Education and Life-Saving campaigns.
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