Who will you make peace with?
Posted on September 20th, 2013 by Martin in Tybed
The 21st September is known as World Peace 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 UN member states of an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on 21 September – Peace Day. Since then Peace Day been proved as a catalyst for broad-ranging civil society action by individuals and groups in every country of the world, but also for life-saving activities. Inspired by a 70% recorded reduction in violent incidents on Peace Day in Afghanistan (source: United Nations Department of Safety and Security), and in order to build a strong foundation for 2012, other campaigns were started: the Global Truce campaign that involved the creation of a series of Peace One Day coalitions, each with a lead partner: the Global Truce NGO Coalition; the Global Truce ‘Reducing Domestic Violence’ Coalition; the Global Truce Student Coalition; and the Global Truce Schools’ Network.
In its first year, these coalitions and networks saw membership grow to thousands of organisations that carried out Peace Day activities all over the world, making 21 September 2012 the largest participation on Peace Day to date.
For Peace Day 21 September 2013, Peace One Day is calling for and working towards a day of ceasefire and non-violence around the theme Who Will You Make Peace With?
Peace is not only about stopping wars in other countries. It is about recognising the conflict in our own lives and committing to take the first action towards peaceful dialogue and reconciliation. Peace Day 21 September is the ideal starting point. Individual stories of resolution spread, inspiring others, communities, even nations. By working together there will be Peace One Day.
To find out more about Peace One Day, please visit their website: www.peaceoneday.org
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