Regional Interfaith Youth Networks

 

In 2006, Religions for Peace launched six regional inter-religious youth networks, in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, North America, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

Asia

The Asia & Pacific Interfaith Youth Network (AIYN) was formed in Ambon, Indonesia in 2005 at the Summit of Asian Religious Youth Leaders to renew their commitment towards multi-religious cooperation for peace in Asia.  They are currently working on developing multi-religious action programs on conflict prevention, resolution, peace education, and sustainable development.  The AIYN invites youth of all faiths and communities to join them on the path to peace and urges each of them to begin personal actions of peace through the planting of one tree, donating one pint of blood, and helping one person of another faith.

Lawrence Chong is a Catholic youth from Singapore that has been a member of the International Youth Committee of the Global Interfaith Youth Network since 2006. He is the coordinator for our Asia Interfaith Youth Network and an active member of the Focolare Movement.  Mr. Chong  is the Chief Executive and Director for Strategy Development at Consulus, a identity branding firm based in Singapore. For more info on AIYN please contact Lawrence at: youth_moderator@rfpasia.org

Africa

The African Religious Interfaith Youth Network (ARIYN) of the African Council of Religious Leaders—Religions for Peace (ACRL—RfP) was launched in 2006 in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania as a platform to connect religious youth from different countries in Africa and to mobilize shared action on some of the most urgent challenges facing Africa. ARIYN is both a part of, and the continental expression of, the Global Interfaith Youth Network in the larger Religions for Peace family.

Since ARIYN’s inauguration, several national youth interfaith networks have been built and partnerships established. These include Kenya Interfaith Network (KIFYN), Youth Interfaith Network of Uganda (YINU), Tanzania Youth Interfaith Network (TYIN), and National Religious Youth Network of Sierra Leone. Youth from these various networks have worked together in common action for the establishment of good governance structures at all levels of government and have deliberated with religious leaders on capacity building in conflict transformation, peace education and resource mobilization.  The launch of ARIYN and building of corresponding national networks has illuminated the considerable role of youth in shaping a peaceful African continent.

Europe

The RfP -European Inter-Religious Youth Network (EIYN) is a part of the Religions for Peace Global Interfaith Youth Network (GIYN) and serves as a platform aimed at bringing together youth organizations and young individuals from all religions present in Europe. Established in 2006, EIYN is composed of 20 European youth faith-based organizations (and in some cases: religious communities) and non-religious organizations who are engaged in inter-faith dialogue. It facilitates multi-religious cooperation and helps develop partnerships for multi-religious projects and pilot programs to confront some of our most urgent challenges in conjunction with other RfP youth networks in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Latin America & The Caribbean

The Latin America & Caribbean Youth Network (LAIYN) was created in 2005 during the regional youth pre-world assembly meeting in Villa Carlos Paz, Argentina with youth participants from Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, Jewish, Muslim, Baha'i and indigenous religious organisations. LAIYN consists of a regional executive coordinating committee and two elected regional representative to the International Youth Committee. The regional network has established national chapters in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Columbia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay and in 2012 is expanding the national chapters in Central America.  The Latin American youth have been very concerned with striving for the elimination of all forms of violence that threatens young people in their development.

Convened by Religions for Peace, LAIYN’s aim is to continue the process of strengthening the Latin America & Caribbean Interfaith Youth Network and building more national chapters.

North America

Members of the North American Interfaith Youth Network (NAIYN) convened for a retreat in Stony Brooks, New York in April, 2011 to plan on how to expand and sustain an Interfaith Youth Network in North America, as well as shape and advance the Religions for Peace Arms Down! Campaign in the United States and Canada. Participants worked together to formulate a structure for NAIYN and were educated on disarmament issues and developed advocacy letters calling for full ratification and implementation of the Mine Ban Treaty and the Convention on Cluster Munitions by the United States and Canada. These two letters were distributed in the respective religious communities for signatures and submission to each government.