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On 11th September 2001, two things happened in New York. One, you're unfortunately probably very familiar with and have been hearing about related things all day. The other was the announcement of an international day of peace, that would occur annually on 21st September.
The idea behind it was to try and work towards world peace, starting with one day of worldwide peace and ceasefire. Now, even one day of world peace doesn't seem very likely to occur, but maybe if everyone works towards it a step at a time it could happen one day and then maybe after that continual world peace won't seem so far away.

I found out about the whole peace day thing from a documentary I happened to catch on tv one night about this one guy's attempt to get an international day of peace recognised by the UN and his subsequent realisation that just having a day of peace declared wasn't enough and that people have to actually do something towards bringing about peace in any of its forms, even if it's just on that day and even if it's just something small.

" Documentaries sometimes document incredible things and I think our film did that because the creation of the Day came four days before 9/11. It was a beautiful moment and probably the greatest day of my life. Then to be outside the United Nations on the morning of 11 September and have the cameras running and for the planes to hit the buildings, words can't really describe it. It was unbelievable. But as I say in the film I think it makes it all the more poignant. This is why we've got to come together. We've got to stand together as one. As Ahmad Fawzi from the UN says at the end of the film, we can't sit around in our armchairs and expect peace to come, because it won't.. "
- Jeremy Gilley, peace one day founder


Peace One Day website
Article from the times.
my lj entry on last year's Peace Day

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Mar. 30th, 2006 06:13 pm
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Welcome to the Peace One Day community, a community set up to bring together people interested in the Peace One Day project.

For more information on Peace One Day, take a look at the official website.

From the website:
"The Peace One Day (POD) film project began as the vision of one man, British filmmaker, Jeremy Gilley. Launched in September 1999, POD gained active support from all sectors of society, from governments through to individuals. In September 2001, POD 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 all UN member states, formally establishing an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on the UN International Day of Peace or Peace Day, fixed in the global calendar on 21 September. All sectors of society are being asked to honour and celebrate the Day on 21 September. The vision of the Day extends far beyond the cessation of violent conflict and represents an opportunity for individuals to join in a moment of global unity."

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