“It is the peoples of this world who can create peace.” Ahmad Fawzi In 1999 film maker Jeremy Gilley started Peace One Day with the mission to ‘establish the first ever annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence with a fixed calendar date’. And guess what? He succeeded with 192 member nations of the UN unanimously voting in September 21 as Peace Day. Peace Day is not just about creating peace between nations but also within homes, schools and communities. Every person on the planet is relevant and necessary if there is to be on true day of peace on earth a year. Through film (Jeremy’s latest documentary is called The Day After Peace,) education, football and other live events (last year there was a concert at the Royal Albert Hall that hosted by Jude Law featuring musicians like Annie Lennox, Lenny Kravitz and John Legend) the message is getting out there.

“If there is a cessation for a day, then it gives us an opportunity to move supplies safely through places that are otherwise difficult.” Marcus Thompson, South Asia Programme Advisor, Oxfam To help spread awareness (the aim is to have 3 billion people aware by 2012) about the day a local Greenwich musician, Kareem Khodeir, wrote the song Peace One Day (see the link below). Kareem’s now working with a team on a project to invite musicians from across the work to reproduce the song with the same lyrics and melody, though in their own language and music style to help reach mainstream consciousness about the day on a global level.

For more information on how you can get involved visit Peaceoneday.org and watch the film and song above.