By Julie Mandoyan | September 21, 2012 - 19:00 GMT
Since 2001, Peace One Day has arranged a yearly day of ‘Global Truce’ for International Peace Day (21 September). In 2012, thanks to a partnership with the Geneva-based peacebuilding NGO Interpeace, and to a successful outreach campaign, the organization has been joined in this initiative by over 300 NGOs, as well as numerous officials, companies and individuals in what is expected to be the greatest day of violence reduction ever seen. Peace One Day’s plan is ambitious, and its impact could be huge.
More than an idealistic idea, Peace One Day has focused on genuine possibilities for dialogue in environments that have traditionally been considered too violent for such activities. In addition, violence reduction projects have enabled humanitarian actors to access areas usually off limits due to security concerns. In 2007 for instance, successful Peace Day campaigns in Afghanistan enabled temporary ceasefires in what were otherwise conflict zones, allowing humanitarian agencies to reach out to over 4 million children for tuberculosis vaccines. This year, with an increased participation on all continents, the cumulative impact is expected to be much higher.
To cap activities globally, Peace One Day and its partners have organized a concert in London featuring artists that support the cause as well as coverage of celebrations being held throughout the world.
Peace One Day Presents the Peace One Day Celebration - 'Global Truce 2012' live on YouTube, September 21 at 7.30pm London time.
The Global Journal is part of the Global Truce network. Join us with Peace One Day, Interpeace and many others for a concert at Webley Arena in London. If you cannot attend, watch the live stream here.>
Join the conversation on Twitter: hashtag #PeaceDay and #GlobalTruce2012
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