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The GNRC 5th Forum Report

We invite you all to read this comprehensive report of the GNRC 5th Forum.

  • Published: January 31, 2018

This is a comprehensive report of the GNRC 5th Forum. It is a summary of all aspects of the Forum, including the speeches, papers presented, contributions and transcripts of messages delivered at the Forum. In this report, you will find the remarks from distinguished guests during the opening ceremony, and thereafter the keynote addresses, followed by the special session on ending violence against children. The report further details the discussions at the regional working groups and the panel discussions, the “All for Children” session, the special thematic sessions, and the closing ceremony. The report also captures the pre-meeting for children that took place on 6-8 May 2017.

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A Familiar Face: Violence in the lives of children and adolescents

  • Published: December 01, 2017
All children have the right to be protected from violence inflicted on them by anyone in their lives – whether parents, teachers, friends, romantic partners or strangers. And all forms of violence experienced by children, regardless of the nature or severity of the act, are harmful. Beyond the unnecessary hurt and pain it causes, violence undermines children’s sense of self-worth and hinders their development.
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Alone and Frightened

  • Published: October 04, 2017
The Goldin Institute (GI), Arigatou International (AI) and the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) partnered with the African Council of Religious Leaders—Religions for Peace (ACRL—RfP) and the Interreligious Council of Uganda (IRCU) in a project to establish a regional mechanism for child soldiers’ prevention and reintegration. Uganda, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were the initial target countries. The first phase of the project focused on establishing a national platform in Uganda through a participatory and consultative approach.
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The GNRC Fifth Forum Declaration

The Panama Declaration on Ending Violence Against Children

  • Published: May 19, 2017
Challenged by the global epidemic of violence against children, we, leaders and members of the world’s religious and spiritual traditions, girls and boys, women and men, from 70 countries, together with representatives of governments, the United Nations, and international and grassroots organizations, met in Panama City, Panama for the 5th Forum of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC), from 9-11 May 2017.
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GNRC Annual Report 2016-2017

  • Published: May 15, 2017

A Call To Action To End Violence Against Children

Remarkable efforts were made by members of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) in 2016-2017. Their grassroots efforts, carried out in more than 43 countries around the world, were inspired by diverse faith practices and a strong belief that every child is priceless in dignity and deserves to grow up safe and sound. GNRC members tackle a variety of issues that cause suffering for children, including poverty, injustice, and exploitation. All of these issues are directly or indirectly linked to violence against children.

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Annual Report 2015-2016

  • Published: September 19, 2016

In this report, the GNRC activities carried out in 2015/2016, are summarized. I thank all those who have supported our work across the world. Children are the future, and hope for a more peaceful world.

As we prepare for the GNRC 5th Forum to take place in May 9th, 10th and 11th 2017 in Panama City, Panama – a Forum that will exclusively address the issue of violence against children, I welcome you to join the GNRC members around the world in ending violence against children.

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Learning to Live Together Programme

  • Published: May 17, 2016

Learning to Live Together is the first outcome of the worldwide ethics education initiative launched by the Arigatou Foundation and its Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC).

The Interfaith Council on Ethics Education for Children, established by the Arigatou Foundation, serves as an international resource centre and nexus for dialogue, partnership and action to promote ethics education for children and interfaith learning.

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World's Aids Day, India

  • Published: December 19, 2015

Shanti Ashram World AIDS Day, celebrated annually on 1stDecember brings together people from around the world to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic. The day is an opportunity for public and private partners to create awareness about the status of the pandemic and encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care in high prevalence countries around the world. The rallying theme, Getting to zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths is a call for governments and other key actors to act now.

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Alone and Frightened

  • Published: October 09, 2015
The Goldin Institute (GI), Arigatou International (AI) and the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) partnered with the African Council of Religious Leaders—Religions for Peace (ACRL—RfP) and the Interreligious Council of Uganda (IRCU) in a project to establish a regional mechanism for child soldiers’ prevention and reintegration. Uganda, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were the initial target countries. The first phase of the project focused on establishing a national platform in Uganda through a participatory and consultative approach.
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African Faith Leaders Statement on Financing for Development

  • Published: August 04, 2015

We, Religious Leaders from all over Africa, under the auspices of the Africa Interfaith Initiative on the Post 2015 Development Agenda, have met in Nairobi at the Desmond Tutu Conference Centre on 21 May 2015 to reflect on Funding for Development (FfD) in light of the ongoing debate on shaping the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Annual Report 2014-2015

  • Published: July 06, 2015

The 2014/2015 annual report presents a summary of key activities implemented by the GNRC members in some 40 countries around the world.

GNRC focused on Ethics Education for Children, Prayer and Action for Children, End Child Poverty as well as Peacebuilding to safeguard and protect the environment that children live in. Once again I thank all those who have supported our work across the globe with the aim of achieving a better and peaceful world for children. 

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Call to End Child Poverty - Statement

  • Published: January 21, 2015

In an age where 1.1 billion children face life without food, malnourished, with little access to shelter, health facilities and quality education - human progress is inconceivable. There is a cost to this inaction. It compromises the beginnings we give our children and condemns them to a life full of inequalities.

Today, as the world commemorates the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, we remind ourselves that the impact of poverty on children is often irreversible. This should underline the urgency and focus required to end child poverty. It is unfortunate that even with so much social and economic progress, in many societies across the world, poverty continues to be deeply entrenched for many. In these countries, the lives of hundreds of millions of men, women and children are blighted by extreme, profound and multi-dimensional poverty. This is particularly cruel conditioning for children and the generations that will follow them.

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GNRC Fourth Forum Report

  • Published: January 21, 2015

The Fourth Forum of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) was held from 16th - 18th June 2012 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, under the theme of “Ending Poverty, Enriching Children: INSPIRE. ACT. CHANGE.” Four hundred and seventy (470) participants from 64 different countries around the world, including 49 children and young people, engaged in spirited discussions focused on what the world’s faith communities can do together to end child poverty.

The members of the GNRC Fourth Forum Organizing Committee, chaired by Dr. Mustafa Ali, wisely guided the preparations for the forum, and their excellent planning was put into action by the Local Hosting Committee, chaired by Sr. Jean Pruitt. Countless others are deserving of our profound gratitude for making the forum a success, not the least of which are the Fourth Forum Co-patrons H.E. Ambassador Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim and His Lordship Bishop Dr. Method Kilaini, the African Council of Religious Leaders, and the Forum Secretary General Abubakar Kabwogi. All of the staff and the wonderful volunteers worked very hard to ensure our time together in Dar es Salaam, the “Haven of Peace,” would lead to a wonderful outcome.

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Shining Ever Brighther

  • Published: December 27, 2014

It was in February 1945, very near the end of World War II, that I had the great fortune to meet Rev. Kohei Miyamoto, whom Myochikai members revere as Daionshi, or great spiritual leader. Not long after, I began a new life with the Daionshi and his wife, Rev. Mitsu Miyamoto. At that time, they were poor and unknown ordinary people, but I was deeply impressed by their passion and devotion to the Buddhist faith.

The Daionshi was totally selfless, free from complaints and frustrations, and constantly exuded a deep gratitude for all things. During the severe bombing of Tokyo near the end of the war, he kept a lonely vigil at the head temple of the religious organization to which he belonged. Despite suffering burns in the explosions, he stayed there, risking his life to protect the spiritual treasures in the building. This kind of unwavering faith—and putting it into practice—is the essence of the spirit of Myochikai.