One Month Countdown to Peace Day – Peace One Day and Interpeace Rally in Support

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21 August marks four weeks to go until the International Day of Peace – a day of ceasefire and non-violence. Over 240 organisations from around the world have already signed up to the NGO Coalition in support of Peace One Day’s Global Truce 2012 campaign. The organisations are planning activities for Peace Day in more than 100 countries.

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“We are delighted that peacebuilding, humanitarian and development NGOs are all united to bring people together on Peace Day 21 September 2012 in support of Peace One Day’s Global Truce 2012 campaign,” said Jeremy Gilley, founder of Peace One Day.

Peace Day 21 September 2012

“We are delighted that peacebuilding, humanitarian and development NGOs are all united to bring people together on Peace Day 21 September 2012 in support of Peace One Day’s Global Truce 2012 campaign,” said Jeremy Gilley, founder of Peace One Day.

Peace Day on 21 September has proven to be an annual opportunity for individuals and organisations across the world to carry out life-saving activities. In mid-June the Global Truce 2012 NGO Coalition was launched alongside Accord, BRAC, MAG (Mines Advisory Group), Mercy Corps, War Child and Viva Rio.

At the Global Truce 2012 NGO Coalition launch event in June, Scott M. Weber, Director-General of Interpeace, highlighted, “this is an exciting line up of leading organisations. It is a clear demonstration of just how important peace is for all of us to do our work and achieve our goals.”

Scott explains, "Interpeace has partnered with Peace One Day to grow this coalition and work towards a day of ceasefire and non-violence on 21 September 2012. In order to have peace every day, we need to show peace is possible on one day. That is why we are so proud to be supporting Jeremy and his team."

“Together we can decrease the level of violence, raise awareness of our activities and save lives around the world. The impact of a day of global ceasefire and non-violence cannot be underestimated,” adds Jeremy.

NGO Coalition

The growth of this coalition has been rapid. Starting with 120 NGOs in mid-June the Coalition has already doubled in numbers, with organisations from Colombia to Timor-Leste, Sweden to South Africa. This is the first year of the Global Truce Coalitions and the achievements on 21 September 2012 will not only set an important marker for future Peace Days, but will also reinforce the value of this annual day as a foundation for long-term sustainable peace.

“If the full spectrum of NGOs that are out there combine efforts, our power will be greater than the sum of our parts. That’s the approach and the founding principle of the NGO Coalition. It is this ‘coalition’ oriented approach that will turn Jeremy’s efforts from a ‘Global Truce’ campaign into a true movement for peace,” emphasised Scott.

Ramping up to 21 September 2012

All 240 NGOs have added their names to the coalition to support the need for peace. Many are now busy making plans as to how they will mark this special day. Across Interpeace, plans are being developed to mark Peace Day with Global Truce 2012 activities, sporting events, conferences, walks and much more.

A Peace One Day flagship event will be headlined by Elton John and his band to celebrate the Global Truce 2012 on Peace Day, 21 September 2012. There will also be contributions from Peace One Day founder Jeremy Gilley and Peace One Day ambassador, Jude Law.

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ABOUT PEACE ONE DAY

http://www.peaceoneday.org

Twitter: @PeaceOneDay

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PeaceOneDay

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 the United Nations 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, since 2007, Peace Day agreements by all parties to conflict in the region have resulted in the immunisation against polio of 4.5 million children in areas hitherto unreachable or hard to reach due to conflict. The United Nations Department for Safety and Security, which monitors security related incidents, recorded a 70% reduction in violent incidents on Peace Day 2008 in Afghanistan; it is this recorded reduction in violent incidents that has prompted Jeremy to launch the Global Truce 2012 campaign.

For Peace Day 21 September 2012, Peace One Day is calling for and working towards a day of ceasefire and non-violence – the Global Truce 2012 campaign, what is hoped will be the largest ever reduction of violence on one day – a world record – and the largest ever gathering of individuals in the name of peace.

ABOUT INTERPEACE

http://www.interpeace.org

Twitter: @InterpeaceTweet

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Interpeace
Interpeace is an international peacebuilding organization headquartered in Switzerland with programmes in 16 conflict-affected countries. It was created by the United Nations in 1994 to work with societies divided by violent conflict to build sustainable peace. It became independent in 2000 and today has an innovative operational partnership with the United Nations.

Interpeace currently supports 300 peacebuilders in programmes in Burundi, Cyprus, Guinea-Bissau, Israel, Liberia, Palestine, Rwanda, the Somali Region, Timor-Leste Central America (Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Belize), and has a thematic programme on post-conflict constitution-making.

ABOUT THE SPOKESPEOPLE

About Jeremy Gilley – Founder of Peace One Day

After a successful career acting in film and television, Jeremy Gilley began making his own films in 1995 and in 1999 founded the non-profit film project Peace One Day to document his efforts to establish the first ever day of global ceasefire and non-violence. In September 2001, as a result of Jeremy’s efforts, a General Assembly resolution was unanimously adopted by United Nations member states, formally establishing 21 September as an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on the United Nations International Day of Peace - Peace Day. Under Jeremy's leadership, Peace One Day's overarching objectives are to institutionalise Peace Day throughout the world, making it a day that is self-sustaining, and to engage all sectors of society in the peaceful observance of 21 September in accordance with the United Nations resolution.

About Scott M. Weber – Director-General of Interpeace

Scott M. Weber is the Director-General of Interpeace, an international peacebuilding organisation and a strategic partner of the United Nations. Scott was appointed to his position in 2005 by the then-Chairman (2000-2009) of the Interpeace Governing Council, 2008 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former President Martti Ahtisaari. In recognition of his record of professional accomplishments, his commitment to society and his potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world through his inspiring leadership, Scott was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2009. Each year the Forum recognises "the 200 most distinguished young leaders below the age of 40 from around the world."

In 2010, Scott was nominated by the Governing Council, chaired by former President of Ghana, John A. Kufuor, for a second 5-year term as Director-General.

Scott began his career in the United Nations, first in disaster reduction and then in political affairs. Scott is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organisation (YPO), The Chatham House (UK), the Steering Committee of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform. He is also a member of the Advisory Boards of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and the Center for the Democratic Control of the Armed Forces (DCAF). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, Economics and Russian from Georgetown University. Scott is French and American.

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