Joining Elton John and celebrating Global Truce 2012
James Morrison is to join Elton John for the Peace One Day concert taking place at Wembley Arena on Friday 21st September. There are many more acts still to be announced and between performances there will be contributions from Peace One Day ambassador Jude law and Peace One Day founder and filmmaker Jeremy Gilley.
The concert is the final event of the London 2012 Festival and is the biggest event yet for Gilley’s Peace One Day non-profit organisation, 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, fixed in the calendar as 21 September – Peace Day.
The Wembley Arena concert on 21 September is also a legacy show celebrating the Global Truce on Peace Day 2012 and the culmination of the Olympic Truce.
“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 global reduction of violence ever recorded on one day – Peace Day. 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 Wembley Arena show will highlight and celebrate Peace Day 2012 activities as part of the Global Truce 2012 campaign and handover to Rio de Janeiro Olympics 2016. I’m honoured to welcome Elton John and so grateful to him for giving his time to help Peace One Day take this message to the people of the world.”
The Wembley Arena show, which will be filmed in HD and broadcast internationally, is the final in a trilogy of Peace One Day concerts produced as part of the London 2012 Festival.
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.
Others who have supported Peace One Day include Annie Lennox, Kofi Annan, Ban Ki-moon, Angelina Jolie, Lenny Kravitz, Kasabian, Pixie Lott, Imelda May, Newton Faulkner, Guillemots, Razorlight, Eliza Doolittle, Bryan Adams, Peter Gabriel, Yusuf (Cat Stevens), Patti Smith, Charlie Winston, Youssou NDour, Jonny Lee Miller, Joseph Fiennes, Kate Nash, Corinne Bailey Rae, Dave Stewart, Jimmy Cliff, Faithless, James Morrison, -M-, Yodelice, Vanessa Paradis, Ayo, AfroReggae, Wonder Villains, Flawless, English National Ballet and millions of people across the world.