International Day of Peace is observed annually on September 21. It is a day to strengthen ideals of peace all over the world, amongst people of the same nation and culture, as well as between different countries. The United Nations Member States acknowledge that the first step to building peace is to achieve economic and social development for all. On this day, please pray for world peace – and for each person, group and organization to take the necessary steps to achieve this – to contribute to societal change in their own ways. This can be done by supporting programs that eradicate poverty, provide food security, engage in climate action, promote gender equality, and advocate for social justice. Pray for all those who lead these initiatives and for the successful implementation of these programs.