The week of peace was launched in Haringey in September 2001 as a response to local community safety concerns. Thousands of local residents welcomed this initiative participating in a peace walk, peace concert, prayer walks around crime hotspots and lots of other activities in the borough. Celebrated in Haringey again in 2002 and 2003, the events attracted thousands of local people from diverse backgrounds to a range of activities such as school peace assemblies, sports events, faith and community based action.
In 2004, the London Week of Peace was launched in Southwark and was celebrated in six London Boroughs. In 2005, it had spread to fifteen other boroughs such as Hackney, Southwark, Camden and Barnet and included key central events. In 2006, all the 32 boroughs and the City of London took part in the celebration across the capital. The Week of Peace is supported by the Prime Minister, the Mayor of London and leading government ministers and officials.
The mission statement for the London Week of Peace is: “To challenge all Londoners to make a positive change in their communities by engaging in a community safety agenda for London”