Under the banner of the Global Week of Faith in Action for Children, the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) convened a 2-hour virtual meeting on Wednesday 18th November 2020, to mark and celebrate 20 years of GNRC’s interfaith collaboration for children. Participants from more than 30 countries attended this session that had active child participation. During the event, members of the Arigatou International Advisory Group, Directors of Arigatou International’s four initiatives, representatives from international organizations, and GNRC Coordinators, contact persons and members graced the session.

We all remember the momentous GNRC 5th Forum held in Panama City, Panama in May 2017. The Forum was attended by close to 600 participants from 70 countries.

Since then, the GNRC Network has increased its membership by thousands. Before the Forum, GNRC was active in 41 countries. Two years after the Fifth Forum, GNRC became active in 55 countries. It is now a truly global interfaith movement for children. In the Panama Declaration on Ending Violence against Children, which was a key outcome of the 5th Forum, we all made 10 Commitments: 10 solid commitments:


The inviolable dignity of the child is recognized by each of the world’s major religions.

Every child represents the sacredness of life—the mystery and meaning of human existence.

People of all religious and spiritual traditions agree that every child is a promise,

Violent extremism is fast becoming a major threat to peace across the world. In the Eastern and Horn of Africa, as is the case in South Asia and Middle East, more and more young people are being recruited into violence by extremist groups and organizations. Women and girls have also been lured into terrorism.


Each year the International Day of Peace (IDP) is observed on 21st September. The UN General Assembly has it as a 24-hour period of non-violence and cease-fire. The 2020 theme was, “Shaping Peace Together.”

With the promotion of peace underscored in the theme, this year promoted a clearer ground to suppress a common enemy – a global virus that threatens our health, security and way of life. The Peace Day united organizations and individuals on a call to promote and spread compassion, kindness and hope as the world recovers from the deadly COVID-19 virus.

As a buildup to the United Nations International Day of Peace, GNRC¬–South Africa together with the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) and other civil society organizations launched the Zimbali Zonke Garden4Life project on 19th September 2020 during a children’s interfaith day camp.

To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations (UN), the Multi-Faith Advisory Council to the United Nations Interagency Task Force on Religion and Development (UN–MFAC) convened a global online conference, "Faith in the UN: Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations and looking to the future," on 8th September 2020.