Religions for Peace adopted a four-year Strategic Plan, which places a priority focus on transforming violent conflict, promoting just and harmonious societies, working for human development, and protecting the earth. “At a time in history when pervasive violence threatens the human family, and religions are portrayed as a source of violent conflict and human suffering, religious communities face a stark choice: the status quo, which leads to escalating violence, or the path of multi-religious cooperation for peace. We choose the second path.”
A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY: JUSTICE & RESPECT IN MINING
The Religions for Peace Inter-religious Council–Tanzania helped commission a study on the mining industry in Tanzania, A Golden Opportunity: Justice & Respect in Mining. “Gold mining is the fastest growing sector of Tanzania’s economy,” the report says. “Minerals now account for nearly half the country’s exports and Tanzania is Africa’s third largest gold producer. Yet ordinary Tanzanians are not benefi ting from this boom both because tax laws are overly favourable to multinational mining companies and because of the practices of these companies. Tanzania is being plundered of its natural resources and wealth.” Co-commissioners of the report were African Evangelical Enterprise, Tanzania Coalition on Debt and Development, the Gender Networking Programme, Women Legal Aid Center, HAKI ARDHI, The University of Dar es Salaam, Faculty of Economics, Tanzania Ecumenical Dialogue Group, Legal and Human Rights Center, Norwegian Church Aid, and Christian Aid.
BUILDING PEACE FROM THE GROUND UP
A Call to the UN for Stronger Collaboration With Civil Society. In 2000, a number of non-governmental organizations that work both at the UN and with partners on the ground in conflict situations formed the Conflict Transformation Working Group (CTWG). The participating groups are challenged to work more effectively with the UN on issues of peace-building and conflict resolution.
STUDY OF THE RESPONSE BY FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS TO ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN
International agencies are increasingly recognizing the role of religious organizations in establishing effective HIV/AIDS interventions.
CARE, COMMITMENT, AND COLLABORATION
The Role of Religious Communities in creating a World Fit for Children. Download the Outcome Report of a Multi-religious Gathering on the Occasion of the United Nations Special Session on Children.