The International Day of Peace may look a little different this year, but all of us can still do our part to help create a more peaceful world. From Afghanistan to Alaska, people everywhere are taking up the virtual #PeaceDayChallenge 2020 in creative and meaningful ways—proving that even in a year like no other, peace is still possible.

Afghan Musicians Call for Peace Through Performance

A recording of musical performances presented on the International Day of Peace by USIP and the Rumi Consultancy in Kabul, featuring 10 performers from Afghanistan and the Afghan diaspora, as well as others with a deep connection to the country. Each artist performed a musical selection on the theme of peace and compassion in the country they love. The concert is timely in light of the landmark peace talks in Qatar, but also timeless as artists rise above the politics of the moment to issue a more profound call for peace.

Visions of a More Peaceful Burma

To celebrate the International Day of Peace, USIP virtually gathered the winners of its Visions of a More Peaceful Burma essay competition. Nearly 1,400 writers from across the country submitted essays illustrating their ideas for their country’s future. The writers of the top three essays each will from their essay before receiving an award for their contribution to national reconciliation and peace.

Connect Montana: International Day of Peace

September 22-24, 12:00-12:30 pm MT

The Montana World Affairs Council’s “Connect Montana,” a webcast series connecting international topics and experts with what matters to Montana and Montanans, is celebrating the  International Day of Peace with three sessions that focus on peacebuilding. Tune in Tuesday to hear from Kathleen Kuehnast talking about USIP’s work on gender and the Women Building Peace Award. On Thursday, Sarhang Hamasaeed will discuss the Institute’s work in Iraq, highlighting local peace accords.