Thousands of multi-religious youth in different countries across the globe took part in #cleanpraycollaborate initiative on June 5, 2016, commemorating UN World Environment Day today, in order to learn each other's faith traditions, as well as deliver much-needed services for the religious sites. In Europe a few of EIYN's member organizations organized activities for the initiative that took place in different countries.
Religions for Peace Global Interfaith Youth Network’s initiative titled “Welcoming the Other: Clean, Pray, Collaborate” is a global awareness multi-religious campaign to encourage safe, clean, and environmentally friendly places of worship in celebration of the UN World Environment day. Multi-Religious Youth work together, volunteering their time and efforts to service their local Mosques, Synagogues, Churches, Pagodas, Temples and Gurdwaras needs to be more Eco-friendly.Read more: Clean, Pray, Collaborate
50 youth leaders from the world’s major religious organizations, as well as representatives of the United Nations and intergovernmental institutions, experts and practitioners from civil society organizations, met in Paris, France on 26 -28 November 2015 for the Global Religious Youth Leaders’ Summit on “Welcoming the Other: Multi-religious Youth Respond to the Challenges of Violent Religious Extremism, Refugee Crisis and Climate Change". The Summit served also as the 2015 Religions for Peace (RfP) International Youth Committee (IYC) meeting.
The Summit participants condemned the violence committed in the name of religion and rejected any attempt to fuel distrust and cycles of discrimination and violence to polarize and divide our communities. The youth leaders committed to further strengthen their effort to advance Peace. A two-year action plan was developed and a strong multi-religious statement was issued defining our future actions and our firm commitment to ensure its implementation.
Today, on September 21, day celebrated every year as International Day of Peace, RfP European Interfaith Youth Network joins as a partner the Action Day against Islamophobia and Religious Intolerance. Organized by the No Hate Speech Movement, the Action Day calls for actions and speaks up against religious intolerance with a special attention to islamophobia. According to the online survey conducted by the Youth Department of the Council of Europe in 2012 Muslims appeared as the second most affected group targeted by hate speech.Read more: Action Day against Islamophobia and Religious Intolerance
"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