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In the month of September 2019 child rights activists in Pakistan expressed grave concern over the increased child sexual abuse and exploitation incidences. In an interview with The News on Sunday (TNS), Child Advocacy Network (CAN) Director, Ms. Rashida Qureshi, emphasized the importance of promoting the welfare and protection of children which is mostly ignored. “Child abuse is routine in Pakistan. Nothing serious is being done at the state level. Our negligence towards protecting our children results in hundreds of helpless children going through hell,” she noted. Ms. Qureshi urged Women Welfare Department and Child Protection and Welfare Department to work together to enhance the protection of children and youth in the country.

UNIC Dar es Salaam and Partners in partnership with GNRC–Tanzania, Dodoma Youth Development Program (DOYODO), Global Peace Foundation Tanzania, Youth of United Nations Association of Tanzania, Organization for Peace and Consensus, and Interreligious Peace Council of Tanzania (IRPCT) organized a regional meeting to commemorate the International Day of Peace on 21st September 2019. The conference aimed at creating awareness on the climate crisis and enhancing actions towards climate change. The meeting also mobilized ambitions to support the global Climate Action Summit on 23rd September 2019, at the UN Headquarters in New York which aims at developing concrete plans for a cleaner, safer and greener future.

Against the backdrop of rising hate crimes around the world, the United Nations, faith communities and religious leaders have been called upon to do more to prevent the increasingly toxic environment in which hate speech and hate crimes are witnessed. United Nations Secretary General’s Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Mr. Adama Dieng; GNRC Secretary General, Dr. Mustafa Y. Ali; Principal Representative of the Bahá'í International Community to the United Nations, Ms. Bani Dugal; Associate Executive Vice President of the New York Board of Rabbis, Rabbi Diana Gerson; and the Political Affairs Officer, United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect, Ms. Simona Cruciani; called on for more work to be done on prevention of hate crimes.

Dear Peace Makers,

Every year on 21st September, we all commemorate the International Day of Peace. We do so mainly by reflecting on our collective and individual commitment to peaceful coexistence. This year’s theme, ‘Climate Action for Peace,’ aligns to the Sustainable Development Goal 13 on Climate Action, and is a call for urgent action to combat climate change and its negative impact. I invite your reflection on this theme — of Climate Action for Peace.

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GNRC youth member in Uganda, Mr. Patrick Nicholas Barasa, was privileged to be one of the convenors and facilitators at a Conflict Transformation Training conducted by the Uganda Youth Interfaith Network from 27th – 30th August 2019. The workshop, which took place in Rwamwanja Refugee settlement in South-western Uganda, targeted 30 youth, selected amongst the refugees and host community. The initiative is supported by UNDP and Religions for Peace.

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GNRC Member in Nepal, Peace Service Centre, formally launched the 2nd Phase of the Nepal Poverty Solutions in Dang, the western part of Nepal with a series of activities being conducted from 26th – 29th August 2019. The Peace Service Centre had initially implemented the Nepal Poverty Solutions in Katmandu in 2018 which was inspired by the International Practicum for innovative solutions to End Child Poverty, a children-led initiative to end child poverty. The Director of Arigatou International – End Child Poverty, Rev. Fred Nyabera, graced the event. Rev. Nyabera was accompanied by the Manager, End Child Poverty Knowledge Centre in Sri Lanka, Ms. Kavitha Vijayaraj.

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Search For Justice and Children Advocacy Network – CAN Pakistan, a GNRC Member in Pakistan, organized a child-led peace walk in Lahore, Pakistan on 28th August 2019 to highlight the need for safety and wellbeing of the children and families in Kashmir to be protected. A total of 100 children, accompanied by their teachers and CAN Pakistan officials participated in the peace walk.