(www.peaceoneday.org) To some it’s just a single day. But to us, 21 September is a 24 hour-long platform for life-saving activities around the world and an opportunity for individuals – particularly young people – to become involved in the peace process. 21 September is the UN International Day of Peace, a day of global ceasefire and non-violence: Peace Day.
In 2009, millions of people were active on Peace Day, in all 192 UN member states. There were life-saving activities focused on Peace Day in 18 countries. In Afghanistan Peace One Day spearheaded a campaign, which over three consecutive years (2007/8/9) has resulted in the immunisation against polio of over 4 million children as a result of Peace Day agreements by all parties.
On Peace Day 2008 in Afghanistan the United Nations Department for Safety and Security, which monitors security related incidents, recorded a 70 per cent reduction in violent incidents on the day itself.
Why one day matters
The short films below are testimonials from leading figures and supporters of Peace One Day on the importance of Peace Day, 21 September, and why people from all four corners of the globe must commit to taking action on the day. Watch them and then use the site to commit to taking action on Peace Day yourself.
What will you do to make peace on 21 September?
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