About Peace One Day
Founded in 1999 by filmmaker Jeremy Gilley, the non-profit organisation Peace One Day 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. In 2007, Jeremy Gilley 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 in the region have resulted in the immunisation against polio of 4.5 million children.
With the day well-established, Peace One Day’s objective is to institutionalise Peace Day around the world, making it self-sustaining. A 2015 report supported by McKinsey & Company estimated that 1.5 billion people have been exposed to the Peace Day message. Further to this, 709 million people are now aware of the day, with around 13 million behaving more peacefully as a result of being involved in activities on the day. Peace One Day's target for 2016 is to share the message of Peace Day with 3 billion people.
Thanks to the generous support of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, Peace One Day is focusing its resources on the Great Lakes region of Africa. We intend to bring local, regional and international attention to on-going peace efforts in the region and engage all sectors of society in a campaign with renewed focus on community engagement, education and humanitarian activity.”
To find out more about Peace one Day please visit www.peaceoneday.org