International and grassroots partners on peace and development organized a dialogue dubbed, “Promoting Cohesion and Reconciliation,” on 28th June 2018 in Kilifi County, Kenya. The one-day forum was attended by three hundred (300) participants including representatives from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Government of Kenya, County Government of Kilifi and civil rights organizations.

Sh. Ibrahim Asmani Lethome, Arigatou International Advisory Group Member, attended a workshop hosted by Al-Azhar University and sponsored by the Government of the United Arab Emirates in Cairo, Egypt on 4th June 2018. The workshop themed, “Protecting the Child’s Dignity in the Digital World,” was attended by religious scholars from the Muslim and Christian denominations, government representatives, diplomats, medics, students and relatives of victims of violent extremism. The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) was also represented by her North Africa Regional office with the event being graced by Prof. Abbas Shuoman, special representative from the office of the Grand Sheikh of al-Azhar.

Empowerment of the Kilifi community on sustainable ways to achieve peace has always been considered critical by the residents. This prompted international and grassroots partners to organize a seminar on Strengthening Community Resilience Against Violent Extremism from 25th to 28th June 2018 in Watamu, Kenya. A total of one hundred and fifty (150) participants including community representatives, government institutions, international and grassroots organizations, security bodies and faith-based organizations attended.

The Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) in partnership with End Child Poverty and the Umbrella for Vulnerable in Rwanda, supported six hundred (600) children and youth to acquire Health Insurance Covers under the Health Insurance Scheme Project. The cover, issued on 28th June 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda, is set to run for the entire year of June 2018 – June 2019.

On 28th June 2018, GNRC in partnership with Ethics Education for Children and the Umbrella for Vulnerable in Rwanda, conducted a one day workshop for children focusing on Protecting Children from Violent Extremism, Gang Violence and Organized Crime, and – Ending Sexual Exploitation and Abuse of Children. The workshop, which was hosted in Kigali, Rwanda, was attended by six hundred (600) children and youth from the region.

Within the framework of Mexico's commitment as a path-finding country in the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, and to accelerate the achievement of the End Violence goals, a group of faith based organizations, under the leadership of World Vision Mexico and the technical guidance of UNICEF Mexico, opened a space for dialogue, discussion and analysis among faith based organizations to define concrete actions for the prevention and elimination of violence against children in the country. The first meeting of the Faith-Based Communities for the Protection of Children and Adolescents took place on 25th May, 2018 at the Methodist Church of the Holy Trinity in Mexico City, Mexico. This idea arose after the participation of some of these faith-based organizations at the GNRC 5th Forum in Panama in May 2017.

GNRC–Mexico was launched on 24th May 2018, a day before the meeting of the Faith-Based Communities for the Protection of Children and Adolescents at the Methodist Church of the Holy Trinity in Mexico City, Mexico. World Vision hosted the meeting attended by a group of faith based organizations, including the Methodist Church, the Anglican Church, the Theological Community of Mexico, the Methodist Church, the Scalabrinian Mission for Migrants and Refugees and the Zen Buddhist Community. GNRC chaired the meeting through her Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean, Ms. Silvia Mazzarelli. Participants discussed the opportunity of building a GNRC network in Mexico. During her presentation, Ms. Mazzarelli presented Arigatou International and her initiatives, with more focus on GNRC’s priorities and the follow-up to the Panama Commitments on Ending Violence Against Children reached at the GNRC 5th Forum in May 2017.