Today I am inspired by the story of filmmaker Jeremy Gilley. In 1999, preoccupied with questions about the fundamental nature of humanity and the most pressing issues of our time, he launched Peace One Day and set out to find a starting point for peace. He had a mission: to document his efforts to establish the first ever annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence with a fixed calendar date.
Remarkably, two years on, he achieved his primary objective when the 192 member states of the United Nations unanimously adopted 21 September as an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on the UN International Day of Peace. He calls that day Peace Day.
The UN International Day of Peace on 21 September every year is not only about creating peace between nations, it’s about non-violence in our homes, communities and schools. Therefore Peace Day is relevant to every human being on the planet.
Now the next major objective is to introduce 3 billion people to Peace Day by 2012. To do it, all people regardless of age, race, nationality, religion or gender; people who are willing to stand up for peace are needed.
So today, to celebrate the day, check out the website and consider making your own personal commitment to peace one day for you, your family, your friends, your world.