By Julie Mandoyan | June 13, 2012 - 15:00 GMT
The NGO coalition for Global Truce Day campaign was launched yesterday (12th of June) in London. It groups a number of NGOs and key international peace figures who seek to make September 21st, World Peace Day, a global day of truce.
Initiated by Peace One Day and Interpeace, the 2012 Coalition reinstated their commitments to mark Peace Day through their work. Peace One Day founder, filmmaker Jeremy Gilley, and Interpeace Director, Scott Weber, are pleading for NGOs to join their commitment to make the 2012 edition of Peace One Day the largest reduction of violence observable in a day.
While Interpeace is working on long-term solutions for peacebuilding through a variety of programs around the globe, its director explained the stakes of promoting Gilley’s initiatives are high. “ In order to have peace everyday, we need to show that peace is possible on one day” said he. He added that expanding the peacebuilding-oriented NGO coalition would be the means to create the “largest footprint possible through their work, their programs and their network”.
According to the UN department for Safety and Security, previous recorded achievements in violence reduction on that day include a notable drop by 70 percent in Afghanistan for the 2008 edition.
(Photo © Peace One Day)
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