Organization Spotlight ~ Peace One Day
Peace One Day, launched by Jeremy Gilley, resulted in an initiative to establish the first ever annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence. This initiative was “unanimously” adopted by the United Nations, declaring September 21st as Peace Day. Those behind Peace One Day are hopeful that it will be “the largest global reduction of violence ever recorded on one day”.
Peace Day in 2008 resulted in a 70% reduction in violent incidents in Afghanistan and in 2010 on Peace Day over 50,000 women and children in Kabul received life saving vaccinations.
Peace One Day is viewed as an opportunity to facilitate change. Each year activities geared toward “peace building, development and aid” occur. And, it is on this day UN agencies and humanitarian organizations can come together and address their “life saving activities” on a global scale.
According to their website, “It is mass participation by people from all over the world that will provide the leverage needed to inspire governments to follow. It is all our efforts combined that will contribute to the success of the “Global Truce 2012 campaign.”
Peace One Day is about celebrating and spreading peace your way. Using avenues such as music, art or organized activities, it is a chance to bring together others in order to bring about peace within the community.
Peace One Day has invited each of us to join them and become a member of Global Truce 2012 and unite with others September 21, 2012 all in the name of Peace. If the world can come together for just one day and say no to violence, people will be inspired and future days in which a state of peace is the norm just might occur.
A request for world peace might seem like a tall order when looking at it on a larger scale but by simply starting with one day and one act no matter how small, and suddenly the impossible begins to seem quite possible.