Our multi religious vision of Peace includes the call to all people of faith to "welcome the other.
Each of our diverse faith traditions calls for profound active solidarity with,
and empathy for, the "other" rooted in a spirit of unity, as a deeply held
and widely shared valueamong our religious communities.
"Welcoming the other" means respect and acceptance of one another.

 group photo taplow2016  30 young religious leaders from all over Europe met in Taplow Court, England, on December 2-5, hosted by the Buddhist community of Soko Gokkai UK, for Religions for Peace, European Interfaith Youth Network's Summit and training on "Welcoming the Other - Multireligious Youth Against Religious Extremism". The Summit gathered representatives of 17 EIYN's member organizations, representing Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Zoroastrian faiths; representatives of other organizations from different countries that work with youth and came for the training; as well as UK-based organizations that launched RfP UK Interfaith Youth Network, during the Summit. 

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RfP Youth Summit Paris 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.

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action dayToday, 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.

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Say no hate 1The “Say No to Hate! - Young People Addressing Hate Speech from an Interreligious Perspective” study session brought together Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Christians and Young people of all different backgrounds together in the beautiful city of Budapest, 29 June-6 July 2014,  to address the problem of hate speech. The study session was organized in partnership between the Ecumenical Youth Council in Europe (EYCE), Forum of Muslim Youth and Student Organisations (FEMYSO), Religions for Peace, European Interfaith Youth Network (RfP-EIYN) and supported by the Council of Europe. The study session aimed to empower young people from various religious and non-religious communities to effectively address and respond to hate speech. The sessions informed participants of key facts and figures and ways to analyze hate speech. Through dialogue and research, participants were able to develop their critical thinking skills as well as looking at ways to creatively respond to Hate Speech both on and offline. The session provided a space for sharing good practice and a safe forum for intercultural and interreligious sharing and exchange. 

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"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