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group-photo-viennaLeaders of 25 member organizations of Religions for Peace, European Interfaith Youth Network – Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Zoroastrian - met in Vienna in the end of November 2013 for 3 days of its annual summit and for training on humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons. Young religious and interfaith leaders pledged multireligious cooperation for upcoming year 2014 in Europe in a spirit of “Welcoming the Other” – theme of Religions for Peace World Assembly, that took place in Vienna a few days before EIYN’s Summit. 

Read more: Summit and Nuclear Disarmament Training, Vienna

EIYN at Civil Society Forum and International Conference on "Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapon" , in Oslo – a personal account

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Nuclear weapons. Are they still a problem we could really face? More than 60 years after the end of World War II? Isn't that issue out of date and definitely out of fashion? Is there anything to talk about? These questions could distinctly be heard at the ICAN Civil Society Forum and International Conference on "Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapon" which took place in Oslo, Norway, March 2-5, 2013. EIYN actively took part in this event. Read below a personal account of the conference by EIYN's representative to this event - young religious leader – Rafał Socha, from Poland.

Read more: Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapon

armsdown 4The ARMS DOWN! Campaign for Shared Security concludes its first phase with more than 20 million signatures. Young leaders from the world's great religious traditions convened in New York on 4 October to deliver a petition signed by more than 20 million people from 140 countries to H.E. Mr. Sergio de Queiroz Duarte, United Nations Secretary-General's High Representative for Disarmament. The petition calls on all governments to officially pledge to cut their military budgets by 10% and re-allocate those funds toward development.

The event - co-sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the United Nations - was the culmination of the first phase of the Arms Down! Campaign for Shared Security and took place at the Diplomat Ballroom of the Millennium UN Plaza Hotel, where nearly 300 guestsgathered, including religious and civil society leaders, representatives of United Nations Member States, and international youth leaders.

Read more: Closing event of the first phase

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