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September 21 is the International Day of Peace
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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 world. 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.
Profiles in Peacebuilding
After a tumultuous 2020 and in still-challenging times of conflict and global threats, this year’s Peace Day Challenge focuses on Profiles in Peacebuilding—​elevating stories of peacebuilders from different parts of the world and different walks of life, their resilience and impact, and the inspiration they provide to all of us. Over the next few weeks, USIP will be sharing stories of peacebuilders from across our network—and we’re asking YOU to join us!
Tell us about a peacebuilder who inspires you. Share their story on social media using #PeaceDayChallenge and help us elevate the profiles of individual peacebuilders in our communities and around the world.
Here are some resources to help you find inspiration:
Explore our virtual gallery in the Great Hall of our headquarters in Washington, D.C., featuring our Profiles in Peacebuilding, then use social media to post your own profile of a peacebuilder who inspires you!
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No matter which peacebuilder you choose to elevate, share their story, quotes, photos, videos and more on social media and be sure to use the hashtag #PeaceDayChallenge!
More Ideas for Action
Engage in an act of volunteerism or service to help those in need. In addition to opportunities that may be available in your own community, explore Points of Light’s Virtual Volunteer Opportunities.
Hold a virtual event or activity to mark the International Day of Peace and raise awareness about  issues of peace and conflict that matter to you.
Gain practical peacebuilding skills through USIP’s online courses, available tuition-free on our Global Campus platform.
Post messages of peace around your home, school, place of worship or community.
Make a personal pledge to be a peacebuilder from now on, by seeking nonviolent ways to manage conflict and by seeking out opportunities to take positive action for peace in your everyday life.
Share your action for peace with the hashtag #PeaceDayChallenge​!
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Jill Welch on the Peace Day Challenge
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
By: Jill Welch
Ahead of the International Day of Peace on September 21, USIP’s Jill Welch talks about how the Institute’s annual Peace Day Challenge gives people around the world “the opportunity to take an action, however big or small, to make peace possible together.”
Type: Podcast
Education & Training
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Keith Mines on Secretary Blinken’s Trip to Colombia
Thursday, October 21, 2021
By: Keith Mines
As Secretary of State Antony Blinken travels to Colombia, USIP’s Keith Mines notes there is still work to be done in implementing and expanding the 2016 peace agreement with the FARC insurgency, saying that “consolidating the peace in a place like Colombia was almost as hard as fighting the war itself.”
Type: Podcast
Global Policy
Iraq’s Election Raises More Questions Than Answers
Thursday, October 21, 2021
By: Dr. Elie Abouaoun
Muqtada al-Sadr, a Shia cleric whose Mahdi Army followers battled U.S. forces during the years of the occupation, made big gains in Iraq’s parliamentary election on October 10. His victory could pose problems for the United States and Iran. But despite the Sadrist List’s electoral success, it is not a given that al-Sadr will be the next man to lead Iraq, or even be the only kingmaker. USIP’s Elie Abouaoun examines the outcome of the election, the electoral process and the implications for Iraq’s future.
Type: Analysis and Commentary
Democracy & Governance
Une ville du Sahel conçoit un moyen d'améliorer les réformes – et l'aide internationale
Friday, October 15, 2021
By: Jasmine Dehghan ; Sandrine Nama
La recrudescence cette année des troubles violents dans le Sahel en Afrique – des attaques djihadistes élargies, des coups d'État ou des tentatives militaires dans quatre pays, ainsi que le nombre constamment élevé de victimes civiles – souligne que des années de travail pour renforcer les forces militaires et policières n'ont pas réussi à réduire l'instabilité. Pour réduire l'extrémisme et la violence, les pays doivent améliorer la gouvernance, et des analyses récentes soulignent le besoin particulier de renforcer le sentiment des gens que leurs gouvernements peuvent assurer la justice et trouver des résolutions équitables aux griefs populaires. Un tel changement est une tâche extrêmement complexe et une ville du Burkina Faso a élaboré un plan de réformes locales avec un processus pour gérer cette complexité.
Type: Analysis and Commentary
Mediation, Negotiation & Dialogue; Democracy & Governance
A Sahel Town Builds a Way to Improve Reforms—and Foreign Aid
Thursday, October 14, 2021
By: Jasmine Dehghan; Sandrine Nama
This year’s escalation of violent turmoil in Africa’s Sahel—widened jihadist attacks, military coups or attempts in four nations, and continued high civilian casualties—underscores that years of work to reinforce military and police forces have failed to reduce instability. To undercut extremism and violence, countries must improve governance, and recent analyses underscore the particular need to build people’s confidence that their governments can provide justice and fair resolutions of popular grievances. Such change is an immensely complex task—and one town in Burkina Faso has shaped a plan for local reforms with a process to manage that complexity.
Type: Analysis and Commentary
Mediation, Negotiation & Dialogue; Democracy & Governance
In Africa, U.S. Should Focus More on Democracy, Less on China
Thursday, October 14, 2021
By: Thomas P. Sheehy; Paul Nantulya; Gustavo de Carvalho
Even as the United States draws lessons from its unsuccessful, 20-year effort to build a sustainable peace in Afghanistan, it is shaping policies to engage the political and economic rise of Africa. Both the shortcomings in Afghanistan and the opportunities of Africa underscore the imperative of building policy on a full appreciation of local conditions. Yet on Africa, China’s growing presence has seized Americans’ political attention, and scholars of African politics say this risks distracting near-term U.S. policymaking. A requisite for U.S. success in Africa will be to focus on Africans’ desires—which include an ambition to build their futures by democratic means.
Type: Analysis and Commentary
Global Policy; Democracy & Governance
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Friday, October 22, 2021
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Thursday, October 21, 2021
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