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UN International Day of Peace September 21

NOTE the MAPs Calendar, at this website, September 20. There are details on the showing of a documentary film, Peace One Day, relating to the history of the International Day of Peace , a day of global ceasefire and nonviolence.
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September 21 is the United Nations International Day of Peace, and it has been so since 2002. It has become a major event worldwide.
You've never heard of it?
How did it come to be?
For years there had been a UN International Day of Peace - enacted by a UN resolution in 1981.
But Peace Day had always been a 'floating' day, coming in conjunction with the opening of the United Nations General Assembly. It was always in September, but on differing dates.
In 2001, in the cruelest of ironies, the International Day of Peace was being observed at the United Nations Plaza on the morning of September 11, at the exact time that the catastrophe at the nearby World Trade Center was unfolding. That Peace Day celebration was cut short by the disaster that was happening in plain sight not far away.
Just a few days before September 11, the UN General Assembly had passed a Resolution setting September 21 as the permanent date of International Peace Day, and also upgrading it to be recognized as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence.
Two years before 2001, in 1999, a young English actor, Jeremy Gilley, became interested in the International Day of Peace, and set about to have the day fixed at September 21 so that it would be a consistent day each year. By so doing, people could plan for the event year-to-year, rather than haphazardly.
But how does one person , an outsider at that, make a difference within a vast and incredibly diverse organization such as the United Nations?
It's not easy, but Mr. Gilley took on the task and in the end patience and persistence and plenty of diplomacy paid off, with September 21 being adopted as the permanent UN International Day of Peace effective in 2002. The inaugural celebration was in Jeremy's London, England, in 2002. In Minneapolis it was first pulled together as a successful event in 2003 by Madeline Simon and a group from First Unitarian Society, Minneapolis, in cooperation with three other nearby churches : Basilica of St. Mary, Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, and Cathedral Church of St. Mark.
Often the heroes of big changes , such as Jeremy Gilley, achieve their vision, then they become invisible...people know what the event or outcome was, but they seldom remember who 'birthed' the event in the first place.
So, here, I recognize a Man of Peace, still a young Englishman, Jeremy Gilley.
To learn more of the UN International Day of Peace, and Jeremy Gilley and his work, go to www.peaceoneday.org.
For information about the UN Resolution itself, go to www.un.org, enter the site, go to the lower right hand corner, click on 'search', and in the search box enter a/res/55/282, which is the UN International Day of Peace, global ceasefire and nonviolence resolution. This document is in many languages. The English version is found several entries down. It is a single printable page. Pick the one with factsheets in the address, not the pdf.
The very interesting 80 minute documentary of Jeremy Gilley's successful quest will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening, September 20 at Basilica of St. Mary School, classroom LL 1. The school is behind the Basilica, near 17th and Hennepin in Minneapolis. Details can be found on the Mn Alliance of Peacemakers calendar at this web address. Do plan to attend.
Thanks Jeremy, Madeline, and the tens of thousands of people worldwide who have made the UN International Day of Peace an ongoing, and ever more noticeable event.
Only with Peace, is there a future for humankind.

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