David Evennett, Member of Parliament for Bexleyheath and Crayford, showed his support for the non-profit organisation Peace One Day (POD) and the UN International Day of Peace at Parliament on Monday 31 January.
Mr Evennett attended an event where guests heard Peace One Day founder Jeremy Gilley and Peace One Day Ambassador Jude Law speak about the organisation and what they could do to help spread the word in their own constituencies.
Filmmaker Jeremy Gilley launched the non-profit organisation Peace One Day in 1999 to document his campaign to establish an annual day of ceasefire and non-violence with a fixed date. In 2001 Peace One Day’s efforts were rewarded when the member states of the United Nations unanimously adopted the first ever day of global ceasefire and non-violence on 21 September annually – Peace Day.
With the day in place, Peace One Day’s objective is to institutionalise Peace Day around the world, making it self-sustaining. Mr Gilley’s goal is to reach 3 billion people with the message of Peace Day by September 2012.
In the lead up to September 2012, Peace One Day is teaming up with the Cultural Olympiad. The relationship pivots around three major music-driven events for international broadcast, with the theme of Truce; the first of these will take place at the O2 Arena London on Peace Day 21 September 2011, the 365-day countdown to the first ever Global Truce on Peace Day 2012 – what is hoped will be the largest reduction in global violence in recorded history – for which POD is engaged in an extensive communications campaign.
David Evennett MP said: “I was impressed to hear of the impact of Peace One Day and the passion that both Jeremy Gilley and Jude Law have for this important cause. I am pleased to endorse Peace One Day and hope that everyone will support Peace Day on 21 September.”
Peace One Day founder Jeremy Gilley said today: “Today’s event was a very special moment for Peace One Day. To have David’s support in taking the message of Peace Day to the people of Bexleyheath and Crayford is incredibly exciting. Peace Day 21 September is a day of ceasefire and non-violence; it applies to violence in our homes, our schools and local communities as much as it does to violence in areas of conflict. It’s a day that can inspire people, particularly young people, that they can make a difference. Peace Day provides a focus for their efforts towards a more peaceful and sustainable world.”
Peace One Day ambassador Jude Law said: “I’ve been closely involved with Peace One Day for over four years. I travelled to Afghanistan with Jeremy to let as many people as possible know that the day exists and to invite everyone in the region to honour the day. The results have been incredible. Over 4.5 million children vaccinated in the region because of Peace Day agreements by all parties.”
Peace One Day has also created a free, online education resource for UK schools, which teachers can download at http://www.peaceoneday.org. The resource supports young people to explore issues of peace, non-violence, conflict resolution, intercultural cooperation and much more, using Peace Day 21 September as a focus.