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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.

The Secretary General of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) and Member of the UN Faith Advisory Council, Dr. Mustafa Y. Ali, joined senior representatives of national and local governments, civil society and NGOs, business leaders, academics, experts and other United Nations agencies to explore innovative ways to address urban sustainable development during the first UN-Habitat Assembly held at the UN Habitat headquarters in Nairobi on 29th May 2019.

On 20th May 2019, the Secretary General, Dr. Ali attended a Round table Meeting of twenty five (25) sheikhs, selected from different parts of the country at Nairobi, Kenya. This was done during an Iftar dinner that brought together Muslim leaders and government officials. The purpose of the Roundtable meeting was to discuss the involvement of religious leaders and community engagement in Countering Violent Extremism that will complement the government efforts in enhancing security in Kenya.

Following the unfortunate series of suicide bombings on Easter Sunday this year, in which at least 250 people were killed, Sri Lanka experienced a wave of anti-Muslim riots that swept the island in apparent retaliation of the attack, claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) group. Communities now live in fear after the attacks. As a response, the GNRC committee in Sri Lanka was convened by Walpola Rahula Institute, a member of the GNRC on 20th May 2019 in Colombo, to discuss the on-going religious and ethnic conflicts in the country and seek solutions to restore peace.

GNRC–South Africa in partnership with Mavela Ikhaya Project and Religions for Peace organized the 2nd Peace Forum in Kwazulu Natal on 18th May 2019 and Durban on 20th May 2019. Forty eight (48) participants including children, young adults and mothers attended the forum in Mavela Ikhaya Project, Kwazulu Natal; while forty two (42) students from Holy Family College, St. Francis College, Overport Secondary School, New Forest High School attended the Durban Forum. Dr. Shakira Cassim of Islamic Medical Association of South Africa graced both events.

On 6th and 7th May 2019 GNRC members in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) organised the annual meeting of the coordinating committee of the Alliance for the Protection of Children in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. A total of twenty five (25) participants attended the event. The President of the Movement, Loida Carriel, was also in attendance.

During the second Middle East Regional Meeting on 23rd and 24th April 2019 in Amman, Jordan, representatives of Arigatou International, Dr. Mustafa Y. Ali and Rev. Fred Nyabera had a chance to meet delegates from al-Azhar University, Dr. Mohammed Abdel Fadeel and Dr. Reham Abdullah to explore potential avenues of partnerships specifically in inter-religious cooperation, peace buidling and sustainable development.