Peace One Day

Bonnie Johnson's PostThis Monday, September 21st, marks the annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on the UN International Day of Peace.  The resolution was unanimously adopted in the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York in September 2001.

By 2007, the UN estimated that over 100 million people from all walks of life actively supported Peace Day around the world.  That same year, Peace One Day was instrumental in securing the conditions by which mass polio vaccinations could be carried out in Afghanistan on Peace Day; 1.4 million children were vaccinated in some of the most remote areas of the country.  And in 2008, an additional 1.6 million were treated.  That’s an estimated 3 million children in Afghanistan alone – on Peace Day.

The mission behind Peace One Day 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.

I believe very strongly that what we give our attention to is what we create, so why not give our full attention to peace for a whole day as a start at least.  Let’s all allow our thoughts of peace to ripple outward and see how many can be effected.

This is the second year that I’ve left my pledge for Peace One Day on the website of the same name.  This year my pledge was to focus on peace and the hope of lasting peace on the 21st of September.  I urge you to go and explore the website for yourself.  Founder and chairman, Jeremy Gilley has done an amazing job through his dedication and dream for peace one day.  He writes “We want to reach 3 billion people with the message of Peace Day by 2012, and we are working with governments, the UN system, non-governmental organizations, schools and corporations to achieve that; but ultimately it is your support that will help make it a reality.”

I’m in!  How about you?

Please note: Some clips at the start of this video may be disturbing to some.

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4 thoughts on “Peace One Day

  1. Great information Bonnie, although the video is hard to watch it’s real and we have to keep that in mind if change is going to be made. Sometimes we need to see things to be moved enough to help change. I joined Peace One Day last year as well and I pledged to “live authentically with Peace in mind”. You can join Peace Day on Facebook too if your interested it is a great way to stay connected with the site. Jeremy Gilley, now there is a guy I would love to meet. Incredible person !!

  2. What a beautiful goal ~ Peace One Day.
    Imagine all the fantastic things we could accomplish like figuring out how to end world hunger, creating magnificent buildings, funding school programs properly if we didn’t have to spend so much money on defense and the military. Just a thought. I just joined up on the website and will add my wishes for a peaceful world. Svaha and peace to everyone!

  3. What truly struck me about Peace Day initiatives in the video was that it highlighted what was being achieved on that day. Rather than just promoting peace on that one day, they are achieving other things which would not otherwise be possible. For example, vaccine campaigns, dropping humanitarian aid which otherwise would not get to those in need if the fighting was continuing.

    What is also amazing that this one man set out to create Peace Day and he did! Gandhi once said “You may never know what results come of your action but if you do nothing there will be no results”

    • Powerfully true Lozz! They focus on the peace and what can be achieved by it rather than the lack of peace and that is why I believe they are successful.

      That Gandhi was truly a wise wise man! I feel so inspired by Jeremy Gilley and what he has been able to accomplish too.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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