This 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.