The National Committees of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, and Uruguay, express deep concern over the increasing violence in the region, and its impact on children and adolescents.

The Arigatou International is pleased to share that Rev. Fred Nyabera, the Director of End Child Poverty, is the recipient of the, “2019 Spirit of the United Nations.” The award is presented to members of the UN community including ambassadors, UN Staff, NGOs, and youth representatives, for upholding the founding spirit of the United Nations.

Kenya’s peace and security landscape is characterized by conflict drivers, including ethno-political competition for power, poverty and youth unemployment, and has pushed or pulled vulnerable youth and children into violent extremist groups. The situation is further exacerbated by regional instability and attendant problems like trafficking of small arms through the vast porous borders. Children and young people have become the easiest targets for radicalization into violent extremism. Children and youth are the most vulnerable victims, not to mention those who have been recruited as child soldiers to fight in the wars and conflicts.

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.