I am honoured to be with you today here in Sharm el Sheikh for the second edition of the World Youth Forum. This Youth Forum comes at a time when the world is undergoing significant changes and challenges. Changes that are largely positive in the world, with significant scientific development, trading and globalization. But it also comes at a time when significant challenges have surfaced – Challenges that are threatening the peace and in some cases, the very stability and our existence in this world.

The world’s religious communities and spiritual leaders together with representatives from international and grassroots organizations and the Government of Italy met on 16th – 19th October 2018 under the aegis of the Faith Action for Children on the Move Global Partners Forum in Rome, Italy, to discuss, reflect and contribute to addressing violence against children on the move. Children on the move include all children who have migrated or been forcibly displaced across borders (refugees) or within the borders of their own countries (internally displaced).

GNRC–South Africa together with Religions for Peace held their fourth peace forum on 23rd October 2018 in Durban, South Africa with a total of 55 participants including children, youth, teachers and parents. The children and youth came from: Holy Family College, St. Francis College, Youth Inter-Active and New Forest High School. The aim of the forum was to nurture spirituality and build children’s capacity to end violence against children and promote child-upbringing.

The challenges that children and People living with Albinism (PWA) face are saddening. Their fundamental rights are violated and they are marginalized and persecuted because of their physical differences and their lives are at risk due to superstitious beliefs and practices within societies. There is evidence showing that social processes and practices severely affect children with albinism and as such they face significant ‘barriers to being’, most serious being their right to life and protection and the right to freedom from discrimination.

GNRC Member "UŽ Mozaik" partnered with Interfaith Initiative to End Child Poverty to commemorate the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP), through conducting workshops between 17th and 29th of October 2018 with participation of children and religious leaders under the theme, “Together We Can Eradicate Poverty in the World.”

In line with commemorating the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP), GNRC–DR Congo together with BIFERRD organization conducted two consultative meetings with the Kinshasa community including children and youth on 17th October 2018; a focus group discussion with the deprived families of Eastern DR Congo, and another consultation with religious leaders, professionals, parents and caregivers to seek sustainable solutions to ending poverty.