Dear Friends and Colleagues
Nine years ago, I had a vision — to produce a broadcast that would engage a global audience with a simple message — that peace is really possible and that its up to each of us, as citizens of the earth, to make it happen. As the founder of Unity Foundation, and one of the executive producers of the PEACE DAY GLOBAL BROADCAST, I respectfully invite you to join us as peace broadcasters, To advance our mutual goals, we make it possible for everyone to embed our broadcast on their own websites. We hope you will help us make this entertaining, educational, inspiring and empowering production available to as many people as possible.
To embed the broadcast, click on the share button beneath the broadcast player on the www.peacechannel.com home page. Then click on the embed button and you will be directed to the page with the embed code.
Most days, the news reports all the problems of the world – war, violence, disease, hunger, corruption – but it seldom offers solutions. The PEACE DAY GLOBAL BROADCAST is different. We look squarely at the problems and spotlight practical solutions developed by organizations and ordinary people throughout the world. We highlight the vital work of the United Nations, its humanitarian agencies, and organizations throughout the world working for peace, the environment, human rights, and social and economic justice.
This year’s theme, “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All” reflects a global initiative that promotes respect, safety and dignity for everyone forced to flee their homes in search of a better life. The broadcast promotes the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We look at stories of how these goals touch individuals in many troubled parts of the globe.” A teenage girl promotes education and wins the fight against child marriage in her refugee camp. A farmer in Peru devises planting methods to preserve the rainforest. A farmer in Burkina Faso holds back the desert. Neighbors in Bangladesh raise small fish to fight malnutrition. Young mothers in South Sudan clear land mines from village farms. A teenage boy deploys his own low-cost technology to filter tons of plastic garbage from the Pacific Ocean. These stories and many others are featured in the Peace Day Global Broadcast.
The 2017 Peace Day Global Broadcast will stream around the clock around the globe on the Peace Channel www.peacechannel.com, from September 20th through September 24th, joining global dignitaries with world-famous actors and musicians in a marathon of video entertainment and inspiration celebrating the United Nations International Day of Peace. Dignitaries include UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, former US President Jimmy Carter, the Dalai Lama, Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafazi, Canadian tribal leader Marilyn Baptiste, and global peace ambassador Prem Rawat. Featured performing artists include UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors Katy Perry and Shakira, Beyonce, Bono, Janelle Monae, Linkin Park, Melissa Etheridge, Ringo Starr, Sting and Stevie Wonder. The broadcast includes calls to action by Leonardo DiCaprio, official UN Messenger of Peace, Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner on Refugees, Liam Neeson, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and Forest Whitaker, Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation of UNESCO on Children and Armed Conflict. The street musicians of the not-for-profit Playing for Change blend their artistry in videos shot around the world and blended into seamless streaming productions.
The 2017 Peace Day Global Broadcast will stream live from United Nations headquarters in New York, beginning September 20th to 24th. The broadcast will also stream on numerous organizational websites and Facebook pages. Viewers will enjoy peace messages from citizens around the world, including such notables as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Jane Goodall, Michael Douglas, Tavis Smiley, Joe Walsh, Kenny Loggins, Michelle Phillips, Edward James Olmos, Ed Asner, Marianne Williamson, Dolores Huerta, Linda Gray, Lou Ferrigno, Olympian Marilyn King and others.
Our goal is to inspire and empower people throughout the world to work for peace, sustainability and prosperity. Please join us in achieving this goal by becoming a peace broadcaster.
In Peace & Gratitude
Unity Foundation President Bill McCarthy and Vice-President Laurien Towers are the founders and executive producers of the annual Peace Day Global Broadcasts. David Weinberg, Darlene Shelton and Bill McCarthy are the producers of the 2017 Peace Day Global Broadcast. Darlene Shelton is the program designer.