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Hundreds of millions of people use Google everyday to search the web and if you were in an English-speaking country on Peace Day, 21 September 2015 you may have seen something special on the Google homepage.

On 21 September, the message: ‘Support the UN’s International Day of Peace’ appeared below the search bar, examples of which are below.

This one-of-a-kind message lasted for 24-hours and directed people to a specially curated YouTube playlist featuring exclusive Peace One Day film content, including footage from the Peace One Day Great Lakes campaign made possible by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.

The playlist embodies the entire 17-year Peace One Day journey so far with recorded statements from supporters, including Fast and Furious star Michelle Rodriguez; Oscar winner Forest Whitaker; former UN SESG to the Great Lakes region of Africa Mary Robinson, and former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. This playlist was viewed over half a million times by Google users around the world – what a way to spread the message of Peace Day!

Working with the world’s most powerful search engine is one of the ways we spreading the #PeaceDay message, encouraging widespread support and action on 21 September in the name of sustainable peace across the globe. The most exciting thing about this is that it is only the start – follow @JeremyGilley on Twitter as we look to build on this success for Peace Day, 21 September 2016.

Building peace one search at a time