Humane: Do Some Good
Let There Be Peace
If you could make peace with someone who would it be? You’ve got a couple of months to think about this. September 21, 2014 is your chance. That’s when Peace One Day, an initiative to bring a global truce, will coordinate the whole world to stop fighting for one day and allow peace to prevail - and I’m not just talking about warfare - peace deserves a place in every facet of our lives. What? Peace for one whole day? How can that be possible? Because one man took to heart what so many have said for centuries, “Let there be peace.”
About Peace One Day
Founded in 1999 by filmmaker Jeremy Gilley, the non-profit organisation Peace One Day drove the initiative that led to the unanimous adoption by the United Nations member states of an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on 21 September – Peace Day.
Not only has Peace Day been proved to be a catalyst for broad-ranging civil society action by individuals and groups in every country of the world, but also for life-saving activities: notably, in 2007, Jeremy Gilley, his film crew and Peace One Day Ambassador Jude Law travelled to Afghanistan to help develop and document preparations for life-saving activities across the country for Peace Day. 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. The United Nations Department for Safety and Security, which monitors security related incidents, recorded a 70% reduction in violent incidents on Peace Day 2008 in Afghanistan. Since then, Peace One Day has launched a series of Peace Day coalitions and runs a number of campaigns to further awareness and engagement on Peace Day.
With the day well-established, Peace One Day’s objective is to institutionalise Peace Day around the world, making it self-sustaining. A report supported by Mckinsey & Company estimated that 280 million people were aware of Peace Day 2012, with approximately 5.6 million people behaving more peacefully as a result. With further support from McKinsey & Company, Peace One Day believes that around half a billion people were aware of Peace Day in 2013, with around 8 million behaving more peacefully as a result of being involved in activities on the day. Peace One Day's target for 2014 is to reach 1.5 billion people with the message of Peace Day, and 3 billion people by Peace Day 2016. Thanks to support from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, over the next three years Peace One Day is focusing significant resources on the DRC and Great Lakes region of Africa.
“The formal establishment of the global ceasefire day represented the culmination of two years of work by the British filmmaker Jeremy Gilley, who launched the project, known as Peace One Day, in September 1999.” - Campaign
“Two years later Jeremy had gained support from world leaders on every continent and a resolution for a day of peace was passed unanimously by the United Nations on 7 September 2001.” - The London Magazine
“When you build a house, you start with one brick. If we want to build peace, we should start with one day. That has arrived.” - Jeremy Gilley, Dallas Morning News
Peace One Day’s focus between 2014 and 2016 is a major campaign in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Great Lakes region of Africa (focusing on Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania), made possible by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. The campaign seeks to engage with all sectors of society in the region, encouraging all parties and coalitions to stand together in the name of peace, so that a significant level of non-violence and ceasefire (in conflict-affected areas) can be achieved on Peace Day by 2016 at the latest.
Here are links to more about Peace One Day and how you can organize an event in your community:
Very energetic talk on T.E.D. by Jeremy Gilley, Founder of Peace One Day:
And the films: