For Peace Day 21 September 2012, Peace One Day (POD) is calling for and working towards a day of ceasefire and non-violence: a Global Truce. POD hopes that this will be the largest reduction in global violence in recorded history, both domestically and internationally.
Through our partnership with Social Media Week this September 19-23, we want communities to show their support for Global Truce 2012 through their meetups on Peace Day 21 September 2011. By holding meetups on Peace Day 2011, communities all over the world will help Peace One Day launch the 365-day countdown to a Global Truce on Peace Day 2012. Meetup communities can help make Peace Day an annual day of global unity. Do what you love at your meetups - play sport, hold a film screening, organise a walk for peace, bring family and friends together for a meal. Further ideas for meetups can be found here: http://www.peaceoneday.org/en/action/what-can-i-do-on-pea...
About Peace One Day:
Founded in 1999 by filmmaker Jeremy Gilley, the non-profit organisation Peace One Day (POD) 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. With the day in place, POD's objective is to institutionalise Peace Day around the world, making it self-sustaining.
Not only has 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: in 2007, Jeremy Gilley, his film crew and Peace One Day Ambassador Jude Law travelled to Afghanistan to help develop and document preparations for life-saving activities across the country for Peace Day. As a result of this work, over three consecutive years, Peace Day agreements by all parties to conflict in the region have enabled the immunisation against polio of 4.5 million children in areas hitherto unreachable or hard to reach due to conflict. The UN Department for Safety and Security, which monitors security related incidents, recorded a 70% reduction in violent incidents on Peace Day 2008 in Afghanistan. In 2010, Peace One Day instigated a total of 88 life-saving / humanitarian activities by 28 organisations in 31 countries. Peace Day is working.