The Executive Director, Search For Justice, Mr. Iftikhar Mubarik and Director Legal, Mr. Atif Adnan Khan represented GNRC–Pakistan in a national television talk show to discuss matters peace and conflict resolution in Pakistan. The two were invited to a live panel discussion in Lahore News on 17th October 2018 to share their opinions and strategies on ending all forms of violence against children.

The U.A.E. Government will host the Interfaith Alliance Forum in U.A.E, Abu Dhabi on 19th and 20th November 2018, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces. The announcement was formally made during the Press Conference organized by the U.A.E. Government at the Ministry of Interior headquarters on 24th September 2018, in which the Arigatou International Advisory Group Member, Sh. Ibrahim Lethome, was invited to take part.

GNRC–Kenya Network in partnership with local organizations and the Government of Kenya launched the Lenga Ugaidi na Talanta 2018 Edition under the theme, “Fighting Terrorism through Art”. The event which took place on 1st October 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya was attended by representatives from the Kenyan Government, and International and grassroots organizations. Arigatou International (AI) was represented by Sh. Ibrahim Lethome, a member of AI’s Advisory Group, the Secretary General, Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC), Dr. Mustafa Y. Ali, and GNRC Members in Kenya, among others.

Forty five (45) faith leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region including Dominican Republic, Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru and Uruguay have affirmed their commitment to protecting children in the digital world. Participants met in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic for the 4th Pre-Event Workshop on 11th – 12th September 2018 ahead of the Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities Global Forum scheduled to take place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) in November 2018. The workshop, which was organized by Arigatou International-GNRC in LAC in partnership with UNICEF, Plan International and the NGO Coalition for Children and with support from the U.A.E Government, deliberated on the challenges of online violence against children (including online child sexual exploitation) in the LAC region, and advocated for sustainable solutions to the problem.

Arigatou International officials, Dr. Mustafa Y. Ali, Secretary General, Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) and Director, Arigatou International – Nairobi, together with Ms. Rebeca Rios Kohn, Director, Arigatou International – New York and Prayer and Action for Children, have been nominated to serve on the Faith-based Advisory Council to UN Inter-Agency Taskforce on Religion. They were nominated by members of the UN Inter-Agency Task Force.

Education is central to development. It is the primary vehicle by which economically and socially marginalized adults and children can lift themselves out of poverty, better understand and improve their health, create sustainable livelihoods and obtain the means to participate more fully in their communities. It has been proven that education is a great driver of social, economic and political progress; as people learn to read, count and reason critically, their prospects for health and prosperity expand. Hence, when children have an access to education, it furthers their opportunities, providing knowledge and skills, preparing them for employment and entrepreneurship, and shapes their worldview. Education is perhaps the most adaptable tool for unlocking resources required to address poverty and its crippling effects. Knowledge gives children the power to dream of a better future and the confidence needed to pursue a full education, which in turn will help generations to come.

A special tour to the United Nations Office, Nairobi was organized by Arigatou International – Nairobi on the 7th of September 2018 for the youth participants to the Regional Peace Programme (RPP) forum. A total of sixty three (63) participants; from Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Somali, Sudan, South Sudan and Kenya participated in the activity. The tour was an opportunity for participants to get to see and understand the role of young people as key agents of social change, economic growth and technological innovation. Moreover, participants got to also understand how the United Nations acts as a peacebuilding platform and an inter-dialogue tool for countries.