European religious leaders committed to placing women and youth of faith at the center of peacebuilding initiatives in contemporary Europe. They also laid groundwork for a major international symposium in May 2008 in Rovereto, Italy, that will bring together 200 religious representatives, the European Union, and the Council of Europe to confront urgent issues of European identity and values.
The Eighth World Assembly of Religions for Peace concluded today with 800 delegates from more than 100 countries.
The Religions for Peace Women’s Program strengthened synergies and partnerships to advance the role of women of faith in combating violence against girls and women at the 51st Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) held 26 February–9 March at the UN headquarters in New York.
Concrete success in mounting action programs among six regions has inspired donors to award US$200,000 to Religions for Peace youth around the world to advance their work. The Global Youth Network is developing pilot programs to confront some of our most urgent challenges—building peace, addressing environmental issues, and coping with the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Religious leaders from Europe pledged to stand together, condemning acts of terrorism and urging their faith communities to promote the “healing potential that religions have” to alleviate suffering caused by extremism and violent conflict.
The African Council of Religious Leaders (ACRL)–Religions for Peace, in partnership with the All Africa Conference of Churches, brought together Christian and Muslim religious leaders who pledged to stand together to end violent conflict in Somalia and the Horn of Africa region.