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Four bright and enthusiastic young people (aged 16 to 18) are the new members of the GNRC Youth Committee that was created in April 2019. After a thorough selection process, these young leaders were selected among 28 candidates who applied to a call for an internship that was launched by Arigatou International in March 2019.

The young interns are based in India, Cameroon, Ecuador, and Pakistan, and they were chosen due to their outstanding commitment with their local GNRC groups towards promoting the rights of the child, finding peaceful solutions to conflicts in their communities, and overall building a better world together.

As members of the GNRC Youth Committee, they are responsible for developing and implementing a special campaign to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and they are already working together with their local GNRC group in organizing several events as part of the campaign.

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“There is a dire need to incorporate human rights as a necessary subject in syllabi of our schools and colleges in order to equip future generations with basic human rights.” This was echoed by the Pakistan Provincial Minister for Human Rights, Minority Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, Hon. Ijaz Alam Augustine, during the dialogue workshop between girls and key stakeholders on “Prioritization of Ending Gender Based Violence.”

On 25th June 2019, the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) in partnership with the Inter-religious Committee of Panama and Arigatou International New York Office, organised a roundtable consultation with religious leaders in Panama to discuss the role of faith in upholding the rights of the child. Ms. Silvia Mazzarelli, the GNRC Coordinator in the Latin American and Caribbean region, moderated the discussion.

The Secretary General, GNRC, Dr. Mustafa Y. Ali, joined other leaders from across the world for the Sixth Annual G20 Interfaith Forum in Tokyo, Japan on 7th – 10th June 2019, in which the theme, “Peace, People, Planet: Pathways Forward,” was discussed. The forum convened two thousand (2,000) global religious, political, humanitarian, academic leaders and policy experts to discuss global sustainable development issues whose recommendations will be submitted to the G20 Summit.

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On 30th May 2019, the President of Kenya, H.E. Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta joined Muslim faith leaders, representatives of faith-based organizations and government officials in advocating for peace and coexistence among people of different religions during an Iftar meeting organized by Jamia Mosque Nairobi. The President was accompanied by the Prime Minister of Yemen, H.E Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed, Cabinet Secretaries; Hon. Najib Balala, CS for Tourism, Hon. Eugene Wamalwa, CS for Devolution, Nairobi Governor, Hon. Michael Mbuvi and National Assembly Majority Leader Hon. Aden Duale. The Secretary General of the Global Network of Religions of Children (GNRC) and Director Arigatou International, Dr. Mustafa Y. Ali, and Arigatou International Advisory Group Member, Sh. Ibrahim Lethome, were also invited to the event.