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2016 International Day of Peace Competition (Entry Period Has Ended)

SIS 2016 International Day of Peace Competition

The School of International Service, founded through a call by President Dwight Eisenhower to "wage peace," is thrilled to announce an incredible opportunity to create global change in conjunction with our partners: Ray Chambers and the Office of the United Nations Special Envoy for Health in Agenda 2030 and for Malaria, and VICE Media, whose original content and multiple print and digital platforms reach millions of people across the globe.

$100,000 in funding is available for SIS undergraduate and graduate students, including the graduating class of 2016, to execute a plan that will bring about 24 hours of nonviolence in Washington D.C. and/or Baltimore area on September 21, 2016, and create the momentum to sustain peace beyond the single day. Media partner VICE will help raise awareness for the 2016 International Day of Peace. Winners will receive up to $100,000 to support their work.



The Goal

The goal of the 2016 International Day of Peace Competition is to provide a catalyst for achieving 24 hours of non-violence on September 21, 2016 in our own backyard--- Washington D.C. and/or Baltimore area --- and, along with VICE media, generate global awareness about the International Day of Peace.

The Competition

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The United Nations invites all nations to honor a 24-hour ceasefire of hostilities during this day, and to otherwise commemorate the day through education and public awareness of issues related to peace. The United States is not exempt from the violence and conflict preventing global peace. Washington D.C., with over 115 homicides and an increase in violent crimes last year, could be the model for how a day of nonviolence can be achieved, and even sustained.

The competition seeks innovative and creative ideas from the School of International Service's student body, including the graduating class of 2016, to make the annual pleas for peace a reality. By supporting 24-hours of nonviolence in Washington D.C. and/or Baltimore area, the competition is an amazing opportunity for students to generate immediate impact in our local community while having global reach through the partnership with VICE media.

For complete criteria for submission and eligibility click here.


Watch Ray Chambers Announce the Competition at the 2016 SIS Commencement Ceremony Here: