On September 21, 2009, the United Nations'
International Day of Peace will be celebrated with a global telecast
via the internet, radio and television. The UN's annual commemoration
of its central purpose "to end the scourge of war for future
generations" will highlight and honor the accomplishments
of peace organizations and individuals around the world. This
Event will be the largest and most inclusive International Day
of Peace Celebration ever produced, as initiated by the Unity
Foundation www.unityfoundation.org in association with our leading
Peacebuilding Partner Pathways To Peace www.pathwaystopeace.org.
This historic Event will utilize www.cultureofpeace.org
for 23 hours of pre-produced and live streaming video from locations
throughout the world. This site will be interactive and empower
organizations and individuals to participate in the celebration,
and take action to create a more peaceful and sustainable planet
through a year-round calendar of global events, tools for networking
and collaboration, and links to educational resources. This internet
content will be subtitled into multiple languages and made available
for download around the world.
The finale will be a one-hour television
special highlighting the official International Day of Peace
Ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York. The ceremony will feature
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the President of the UN General
Assembly and high profile UN Messengers of Peace. The UN Department
of Public Information and Unity Foundation will approach UN Messengers
of Peace such as: Michael Douglas, George Clooney, Charlize Theron,
and Elie Weisel to participate in this international event.
Also featured in the television special
will be Michael Franti's "Power to the Peaceful" celebration
in San Francisco and the Jane Goodall Institute's "Roots
and Shoots" Peace Day Celebration in Santa Monica.
Co-Chairs for the event are Dr. Robert
Muller, former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations
and Chancellor Emeritus of the University For Peace in Costa
Rica and Avon Mattison, Founder and President of Pathways To
Peace and Coordinator of the Culture of Peace Annual Report to
the UN Secretary-General that documents thousands of International
Day of Peace events around the world.
Hal Uplinger, international television
producer for LIVE AID, will be the television consultant for
the Event. Laurien Towers, producer of the LIVE AID video messages
from world leaders, Nobel Peace Laureates and celebrities will
again serve in that capacity. Bill Miller, host of Global Connections
Television, will conduct interviews with high profile United
Nations officials and celebrities at UN Headquarters in New York.
Segments will also come from Unity Foundation's award winning
news and public affairs television program "Positive Spin".
Peace Bells throughout the world will
be rung along the international timeline as the Day of Peace
Celebration unfolds continuously across the globe for 24-hours.
We are contacting prominent celebrities,
musicians and Peacebuilders who have a history of dedication
to the ideals of the United Nations to invite their participation
in this Event. We have secured a commitment from FreeSpeechTV
on the DISH Satellite Network to air the "PEACE DAY"
television special. We are also in negotiations with the Odyssey
Network concerning the possibility of airing the television special
a major nationwide cable channel.
Please call Unity Foundation at (310)
450-5592 for further information concerning this special event.
Bill McCarthy, Founder and President,
Producer "Positive Spin": www.positive-spin.tv
Director of Creative & Business Affairs