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Religions for Peace UK is helping establish a UK branch of the European Interfaith Youth Network (EIYN), a platform aimed at bringing together youth organizations and communities from all religions present in Europe, advancing common action for peace.

If you and/or your youth organisation are interested in finding out more, please let us know!

EIYN is a part of the global network of Religions for Peace, the largest international coalition of representatives from the world’s great religions dedicated to promoting peace.

The idea of creating a European Interfaith Youth Network (EIYN) dates back to 2006 when the process of establishing and developing the Global Youth Network of Religions for Peace reached Europe. The main incentives came from Religions for Peace, faith-based (youth) organizations, secular organizations and individuals active in the field of inter-religious dialogue (IRD).

Young religious leaders from 26 countries of Eastern and Western Europe, representing Bahá’í, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, and Zoroastrian communities as well as faith-based and interfaith youth organizations, concluded their assemblies by declaring:

“We, the youth of different faith groups, are determined to live together in peace and mutual appreciation. We are united in the belief that it is our duty to play a crucial role in overcoming violence and striving for justice. This ideal will only be achieved through interfaith cooperation, which will be facilitated by the establishment of the European Interfaith Youth Network (EIYN)”. (Geneva declaration)

The network is composed of the 25 European youth faith-based organizations (and in some cases: religious communities), non-religious organizations and individuals who facilitate inter-faith dialogue.

The Global Youth Network is representative of the world’s major religious traditions across six regions:

• Africa Youth Network
• Asia and Pacific Youth Network
• Europe Youth Network (EIYN)
• Latin America and the Caribbean Youth Network
• Middle East Youth Network
• North America Youth Network

Today, the Global Youth Network is implementing different programs to confront some of our most urgent challenges – building peace, addressing environmental issues, and coping with the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The Network also focuses on mainstreaming youth and youth issues into Religions for Peace programming activities at the local, regional, and global levels. This important work is led by the International Youth Committee (IYC).

If you are interested in joining EIYN through the UK branch, do let us know and we will make the introductions.

Contacts:

David Horner: secretary@religionsforpeace.org.uk

Stephen Herman: stephen.herman@religionsforpeace.org.uk

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