Peace Day LIVE is a global concert event celebrating the United Nations’ annual International Day of Peace and global ceasefire on Sept. 21st, 2012. This year thousands of organizations and hundreds of millions of people worldwide will take part in the largest global observance of the UN International Day of Peace held on or around September 21st. People of all nationalities will pause at 12:00 noon in their own time zones on September 21st to take a Minute of Silence – Moment of Peace in a “Peace Wave” in all time zones across the planet.
Working in partnership with musicians, festival producers and peace building organizations worldwide, the 1st annual Peace Day LIVE has built a coalition of concert events taking place from Sept. 20-23rd. A project of members of the music subcommittee of The International Day of Peace NGO Committee at the United Nations, concerts will be broadcast live from numerous locations in partnership with Peace Day TV during the Peace Day Global Broadcast starting at 5pm Pacific (Midnight GMT) on September 20th and going until the 23rd. Featured concerts are listed at Peace Day LIVE’s website, please click here to view. To find a concert near you, visit the global map.
Concerts can be viewed on www.peacedaylive.org from locations including Cairns (Australia), New Orleans, Los Angeles, NYC, Bangladesh, Nepal, Mumbai, Tel Aviv-Yaffo, and more. Last year’s viewership of the Peace Day Global Broadcast was 1.6 million people over the 3 day broadcast. Due to the enormous coalition of organizations that have formed for this year’s Peace Day global observance, viewership is expected to be close to 10 million.
Peace Day LIVE partners include The Playing for Change Foundation, whose annual Playing for Change Day is hosting 227 concerts in 46 countries; Earthdance International, the global festival for peace that will be taking place in 32 countries; Mayors for Peace, a network of 5,400 mayors promoting peace building and disarmament; We, The World, founder of the WE Campaign and the 11 Days of Global Unity; Rockstar Music Education, a Los Angeles-based music education initiative; The 1st annual Peace Day New Orleans, promoting inner-city peace through music; The Cairns Regional Council, who will be broadcasting live from their Youth for Peace Festival in Australia; Push4Peace, a ninety-day campaign from 9/21-12/21 to create one billion practical acts for peace; The Global Walk, a ninety-day peace walk from 9/21-12/21 across the USA with Daniel Garcia, who has walked over 25,000 miles on 5 continents for world peace; Music4Peace, founder of the Gandhi Tour and co-producer of the Nepal Music Festival; Leading Leaders for Peace, a coalition of Israeli and Palestinian peace organizations based in Tel Aviv-Yaffo; Music Bridges, a project bringing famous songwriters together to create new songs while build bridges across divides; Difrent, promoting social action through music; The World Peace Prayer Society, spreading the universal prayer, May Peace Prevail on Earth, and many more.
The International Day of Peace was established by a unanimous resolution of the United Nations in 1981 as a day that “shall be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of Peace both within and among all nations and peoples.” This year’s theme for the International Day of Peace is “Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future.” In his 100-day countdown message, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that, “We want a future where natural resources are protected and valued rather than used to finance wars, where children can be educated at school and not recruited into armies, where economic and social inequalities are resolved through dialogue instead of violence.”
Nations and governing bodies the world over are joining the call for Peace through a range of activities including concerts, ceasefires, proclamations, and pledges for humanitarian aid. Educational institutions use this occasion as an opportunity to teach Peace and nonviolence and to organize community service programs. Non-governmental organizations promote their year-round efforts on human rights, the environment, poverty, health care, disarmament or international cooperation, creating long-term impact beyond the annual observance. Religious and spiritual groups hold interfaith dialogues, meditations and prayers for Peace. Participation in the International Day of Peace is open to everyone: government leaders issuing proclamations, businesses creating special promotions, houses of worship holding peace services, schools holding assemblies, musicians dedicating their concerts to peace, and individuals participating with friends and family or simply taking a private “Minute of Silence – Moment of Peace”.
For more information, contact:
Founding Director – Peace Day LIVE
Co-Chair – Music Subcommittee of the International Day of Peace NGO UN Committee
USA (845) 684-4369
Jerusalem +972 58 613 1333