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Actor and filmmaker Jeremy Gilley has a deceptively simple idea for reducing global violence: Get everyone involved in conflict to put their weapons down for just 24 hours each year. [cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/09/18/art.gilley.pg.jpg caption="Jeremy Gilley wants an annual 24-hour global cease-fire."]
This concept is the driving principle of his charity Peace One Day, which set out to establish September 21 as an annual day of global cease-fire and non-violence.
Remarkably, for such an ambitious project, Gilley’s vision has enjoyed considerable success – not least the 2001 adoption by the 192 member states of the United Nations of the concept of “Peace Day.”
In 2008 Gilley teamed up with actor Jude Law for a documentary charting a mission to Afghanistan undertaken by the pair, during which they managed to create a window in the relentless violence to allow a mass polio vaccination.
The film, which capped 10-years of Peace One Day campaigning for Gilley, premiered at last year’s Cannes film festival, going on to garner numerous awards.
As September 21 comes around again, Gilley joins us on Connect The World to discuss his achievements and his hopes for a world still blighted by conflict.
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