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Video: United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon – Peace Day 2013 Statement


With the Peace Day Resolution UN/A/RES/55/282 of September 7 2001, the UN General Assembly decided that International Day of Peace shall be observed on September 21 each year.

The General Assembly also declared that September 21 “shall be observed as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, an invitation to all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the day.”


The Resolution invites all UN Member States, organizations of the United Nations system, regional and non-governmental organizations and individual citizens to “…commemorate, in an appropriate manner, the International Day of Peace, including through education and public awareness, and to cooperate with the United Nations in the establishment of the global ceasefire.”


Jeremy Gilley and the U.K. based nonprofit Peace One Day played a key role in that resolution, having successfully made a case for the life saving and enhancing benefits of a Peace Day, defined as a day of “ceasefire and non-violence,” with a fixed calendar date. 

VIDEO: Jeremy Gilley talks about Global Truce 2012 and Coalition Building:

Enjoy the longer version below of Gilley's arduous and passionate journey to have the UN  establish a fixed calendar date, September 21,  for Peace Day — and to dedicate that day to a global truce, a day of nonviolence.

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