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Peace One Day

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How September 21 Became World Peace Day

Proof that one person can make a difference. One day, a lightbulb went off in Jeremy Gilley's head: there should be one day each year when the world stops fighting and celebrates peace. And he did much more than just think about it.

He traveled the globe, meeting with leaders such as Kofi Annan, Amre Moussa, Shimon Peres, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Jeremy's enthusiasm and tireless efforts convinced the governments of the world to change the UN International Day of Peace from a day that moved each year and didn't actually require anyone to stop fighting into a cease-fire day of nonviolence that would fall on September 21 every year.

This amazing story touches on the causes of war, what would happen on a cease-fire day, ways to promote peace on September 21, and most important, how a single person can make a difference in the world.

Dimensions: 0.47"x 11.54"x 9.24"
Details: Hardcover, 48 pages
Author: Jeremy Gilley

About Jeremy Gilley

Born in 1969, Gilley spent his early years in Southampton, England. He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company at 17. Following a decade of professional acting, Gilley started P.U.R.E. Productions in 1994 to make his own films.

Disturbed by the images of violence and destruction in every day life, Gilley began to ponder questions such as, "Is humankind fundamentally evil?" He had read that the media has a duty to initiate positive change, and felt a desire to use his skills as a film-maker in such a way. Then, at the Womad music festival in 1998, Gilley had an idea: What if there was one day when the world stopped fighting? A worldwide ceasefire — a non-violence day? A Peace Day? He decided to find out if that was possible, and to document his efforts along the way. He was aware that if he failed, it would at the very least make an interesting film, showing a world unwilling to change.

In 1998, Gilley began to make the Peace One Day documentary. He spoke to students, peace negotiators, NGOs, government representatives, heads of state, United Nations' officials, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, Secretary General of the League of Arab States Amre Moussa, Nobel Peace Laureate Shimon Peres, former Costa Rican President and Nobel Peace Laureate Oscar Arias Sanchez, Nelson Mandela and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. Through all of his talks and meetings, Gilley realized that the best way to achieve an annual Peace Day was to obtain a UN resolution.

With help from family and friends, he was able to send thousands of letters, make hundreds of phone calls and travel the equivalent of 7 times around the world. In 2001, Gilley achieved his goal: a UN GA resolution (A/Res/55/282), put forward by the UK and Costa Rican Governments, was unanimously adopted to establish the first ever day of global ceasefire and non-violence fixed in the calendar as 21 September annually.

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