In 1999, Jeremy [Gilley] founded Peace One Day, a non-profit organisation, and in 2001 Peace One Day’s efforts were rewarded when the member states of the United Nations unanimously adopted the first ever annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on 21 September – Peace Day.
Peace One Day’s objective is to institutionalise Peace Day 21 September, making it a day that is self-sustaining, an annual day of global unity, a day of intercultural cooperation on a scale that humanity has never known.
The above quote is taken from the Peace One Day official website.
Earlier today, founder of Peace One Day Jeremy Gilley came together with various representatives from UN organizations and important political and cultural figures in the Democratic Republic of the Congo at a press conference on the meaning and implications of Peace Day (21st September) in DRC and around the world.
They were joined by Akon, the musician who will be headlining the Peace Day concert in Goma, and went on to answer questions on Peace Day 2014’s mission.
For a long time, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been a source of absolute fascination to me, with its turbulent political and conflict history mixed in with its wealth of natural resources and unequalled beauty. This deep-rooted personal interest has since played a significant role in the direction of my academic and professional pursuits. The nomination of Goma as the centre of this year’s Peace Day concert is certainly a positive move for the DRC, a country that seems to receive only negative media attention (and then not much of that, relative to the scale and impact of the reported events). That said, it is important to remember that the day’s events do not stop in the Congo – Peace Day is a global movement.
The press conference was held in an effort to publicise the upcoming Peace Day and the motivation behind it, to make known the importance of this hope-filled day and the progress that needs to be made, not just on the 21st of September but every day. I suppose this is my small effort to help spread the word.
…For your further perusal, Jeremy Gilley’s TED talk in 2011 on his experience as a founder Peace One Day, what led him there and what sustains his enthusiasm and hope: