Peace is Possible. It Takes Action. It Takes All of Us.

The Peace Day Challenge exists to raise the profile of the International Day of Peace and to affirm peace as a real alternative to the violence we see every day in the news.

It is all about inspiring a day of action on September 21, focused on building peace through real-life activities and sharing on social media at #PeaceDayChallenge.

Since launching in 2015, the Peace Day Challenge has reached 148 countries and all 50 U.S. states, engaged hundreds of schools and dozens of organizations, and inspired social media posts from high-profile individuals and a broad public audience reaching tens of millions of people.

Join Us Now: The Peace Day Challenge Mosaic

Between now and Saturday, September 21, show how you’re doing your part for peace. Take an action for peace and share a photo using #PeaceDayChallenge.  

The photo you share on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook using #PeaceDayChallenge will be used to create a mosaic of all the inspiring things we are doing together to create a more peaceful world.

Visit USIP.org on September 21 to see how each of us doing our individual part comes together to build the bigger picture of making peace possible.

Peace is possible. It takes action. It takes all of us.

More Ideas for Action

  • Help defuse or resolve a disagreement.
  • Engage in an act of volunteerism or service to help those in need.
  • Hold an event in your community to mark the International Day of Peace and raise awareness about peace issues that matter to you.
  • Spread the word about an organization that's working to help people affected by violent conflict.
  • If you are in Washington, DC, walk the Peace Trail on the National Mall to learn about peace through history.

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Poster Teaching Guide for the Peace Day Challenge in 2018

In 2018, USIP collaborated with Scholastic to create a "Poster Teaching Guide for the Peace Day Challenge in 2018." The poster was distributed to 50,000 middle school classrooms across the U.S. to support educators and their students in taking action on the International Day of Peace (9/21) and continuing their learning and engagement year-long. It is still on display in many schools, and will be available again in 2019 for teachers to post in their classrooms to inspire action for the Peace Day Challenge!

Poster Teaching Guide for the Peace Day Challenge

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