Peace One Day was launched in 1999 by British filmmaker Jeremy Gilley to document his journey to establish an annual ceasefire/non-violence day with a fixed date. Jeremy travelled the world to build case for the day, winning the backing of world figures such as Kofi Annan and His Holiness the Dalai Lama along the way.
In 2001, his efforts were rewarded when 192 member states of the United Nations unanimously adopted 21 September as the first-ever day of global ceasefire and non-violence: Peace Day. With the day in place, Peace One Day is now committed to raising global awareness of its existence and encouraging the global community to take action on Peace Day.
How Peace Day makes a difference
Already, many incredible things have been achieved on Peace Day. For example, on Peace Day in 2007/8/9, Peace One Day helped to secure conditions in which 4.5 million children in some of the most remote areas of Afghanistan could be given polio vaccinations. In 2008, the United Nations Department for Safety and Security recorded a 70 per cent reduction in violent incidents in Afghanistan on Peace Day.
Peace One Day and education
Peace One Day Education aims to advance active learning in the areas of conflict resolution, global citizenship, human rights and the link between sustainability and peace, using Peace Day 21 September as a focus. The ultimate goal is to provide free resource materials to every school on earth, inspiring a generation to become the driving force behind the vision of a united and sustainable world.
How we're supporting Peace One Day
There are currently almost 10,000 educators registered and using Peace One Day education materials in 172 countries, and we're proud to underwrite Peace One Day's UK Citizenship Resource for secondary schools (Key Stages 3 & 4). This comprises 22 interactive, student-centred lesson plans exploring issues such as Global Truce 2012, Ending Bullying, Conflict Resolution, the United Nations, Intercultural Cooperation, Great Peacemakers, Football, Art, Music and much more.
Find out more about Peace One Day
We hope that you will be inspired to learn more about this incredible organisation. To find out how you can help to make 21 September an annual day of global unity, please visit www.peaceoneday.org, or become a fan on Facebook.