Peace One Day

Jude Law and Jeremy Gilley launch countdown to Global Truce with concert at the O2 Arena London, 21st September 2011

Tickets are now on sale for the Peace One Day O2 Arena show. Speakers will include Jude law and Peace One Day founder and filmmaker Jeremy Gilley.

The O2 Arena concert is the biggest event yet for Gilley’s Peace One Day campaign, which in 2001 led a process that resulted in the unanimous adoption by UN member states of the first ever annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence. This day is now fixed in the global calendar every year: 21 September is Peace Day. As well as being the biggest Peace One Day event to date, the concert on 21 September 2011 will launch a year-long countdown to a Global Truce on Peace Day 2012.

Jeremy Gilley said: “Peace One Day is calling for and working towards a Global Truce on Peace Day 2012. We have a clear strategy and we hope this will be the largest reduction in global violence in recorded history, both domestically and internationally. This day is as much about non-violence in our schools, our homes, workplace and local communities as it is about ceasefire on the international stage.


“Everyone has a role to play. The O2 Arena show launches a 365-day countdown. I’m so grateful to all the artists for giving their time to help Peace One Day take this message to the people of the world.

The second show – in Derry-Londonderry on 21 June 2012 – is the opening event of the London 2012 Festival and marks the three-month countdown to the Global Truce. The third show will take place on the day of Global Truce itself, Peace Day 21 September 2012.  Information about all consecutive shows including ticket sales and line-up will be available from the Peace One Day website

Since the adoption of the Peace Day resolution in 2001, activities on 21 September have enabled families to be reunited, mosquito nets and food aid to be delivered and children to be vaccinated all over the world, as this ceasefire and non-violence day creates a window of opportunity for humanitarian efforts.

In 2007, Jeremy Gilley and Jude Law travelled to Afghanistan to spearhead an initiative that has resulted in the vaccination against polio of 4.5 million children following Peace Day agreements by all parties in the region in 2007/8/9. This work forms the culmination of Gilley’s feature documentary The Day After Peace.

“I’ve seen how Peace Day saves lives,” says Law. “Peace One Day is inviting all sectors of society to observe a Global Truce on Peace Day 21 September 2012. It’s up to all of us to get involved.”

Jeremy Gilley’s next feature documentary (produced by Gilley and Law) will culminate in the Global Truce on Peace Day 2012, against the backdrop of London 2012 activities.