After a successful career acting in film and television, Jeremy began making his own films in 1995 and in 1999 founded the non-profit film project Peace One Day to document his own efforts to establish the first ever annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence with a fixed date.
In September 2001, as a result of Jeremy’s efforts, a General Assembly resolution was unanimously adopted by UN member states, formally establishing 21 September as an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on the UN International Day of Peace – Peace Day.
Under Jeremy’s leadership, Peace One Day’s campaigns and activities in Education, Music, Film, Sport, Dance and Online have proved that the day works. Throughout the years, millions of people have been active on Peace Day in every country of the world, and hundreds of organisations have carried out life-saving activities in areas of conflict. Notably, Jeremy and Peace One Day ambassador Jude Law travelled to Afghanistan to spearhead a campaign that, over the years, has resulted in 4.5 million children being vaccinated against polio in hitherto unreachable areas, as a result of Peace Day agreements by all parties in the region.
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. Inspired by a 70% recorded reduction in violent incidents on Peace Day in Afghanistan (source: United Nations Department of Safety and Security), on Peace Day 2011 Jeremy launched the Global Truce campaign: a global effort to mobilise the largest gathering of individuals in the name of peace ever on one day – Peace Day 21 September – and as a result measure a reduction of violence globally. Jeremy’s vision for this campaign is to build a series of coalitions and networks, enabling organisations around the world to share ideas and become inspired by one another’s Peace Day activities. Jeremy is now working with McKinsey & Company to develop a methodology of measurement – a formula that will generate definitive results in relation to the extended impact of the Global Truce campaign worldwide in relation to a decrease in violence on one day, allowing Peace One Day to track the growth in Peace Day activity and thereby improve the results year on year.
For Peace Day 2012, the focus of the Global Truce 2012 campaign, Jeremy and Jude Law produced a concert at Wembley Arena London, the third of three shows as part of the London 2012 Festival and Peace One Day’s ninth major concert. The Wembley concert was headlined by Sir Elton John, with performances from James Morrison and 2Cellos, featuring updates on the Global Truce 2012 campaign from around the world.
Jeremy’s latest documentary Peace One Day Part Three, produced by Gilley and POD ambassador Jude Law, received its premiere broadcasts on 18/19 September 2010 on BBC World, with coverage of 306 million households in 200 countries.
In July 2011 Jeremy gave the closing speech at the prestigious TED Global 2011 conference in Edinburgh.
On 19th October 2011 Jeremy was awarded the IVCA Fellowship. On 1 December 2010 Jeremy and Peace One Day were awarded the Carnegie-Wateler Peace Prize 2010 at The Hague. Other awards include: Cinema for Peace 2009 – Most Inspirational Movie of the Year (The Day After Peace); Geneva Cinema Vérité – Cinema Vérité Award (The Day After Peace); Zimbabwe International Film Festival – Best Documentary Award (The Day After Peace); Britain’s Best Award 2008 (Campaigner of the Year); IVCA Clarion Award Winner 2008 – Champion Award; Jeremy was the recipient of the James Hammerstein Award 2006.
Jeremy is the author of a children’s book The Making Of World Peace Day, illustrated by Pulitzer Prize-winner Karen Blessen, published by G.P.Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group.
In October 2012 Jeremy spoke at the third annual One Young World Summit, Pittsburg, USA.
Visit Jeremy’s website: www.performingartistes.co.uk/jeremy_gilley/index.htm
To find out more about Peace One Day and the Global Truce campaign visit: www.peaceoneday.org
This whole journey began with such a simple idea: a day of peace. We all want a world without war, without conflict, without human suffering.
A single day is a window of opportunity.
On 21 September this year, Peace Day 2011, we begin the countdown towards Global...