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Georgetown University, 3 July 2012 (Berkley Center) - As part of the Millennial generation, I take great pride in the fact that our generation is the most diverse in history. In my own extended family, I am part of the first generation to be born on American soil, and for this reason, I identify with the American value of E Pluribus Unum. Recognizing our generation’s diversity as a strength reflects the sense that our commonalities as Americans are much greater than our differences. I am particularly interested in interfaith cooperation because I believe that it is an exemplary reflection of both my core American and Muslim values. In this era of division, examples of interfaith cooperation can be a powerful way to heal our nation. For this reason, I was particularly interested in viewing the interfaith movement and the Millennial generation through different perspectives.

United Nations, 13 July 2012 (Deseret News) Children who have a disability are nearly four times more likely to experience violence than those who don't have one, according to a review of many studies that was conducted for the United National World Health Organization. WHO is asking for international action to protect the vulnerable.

The findings were published in the medical journal The Lancet, and show that children with disabilities are 3.6 times more likely to be victims of physical violence and 2.9 times more likely to be sexually abused.

By Cristina Praz, Jacqueline Namfua and Georgina Mtenga

Youth participants attend the fourth
Global Network of Religions for Children
Forum, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
© UNICEF Tanzania/2012/Obara

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, 27 June 2012 – Over 300 religious leaders, members of different spiritual traditions and faith communities, government officials, development partners, civil society organizations, and children from 64 countries reaffirmed their commitment to fight child poverty at the Fourth Forum of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC).

The forum, held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from 16-18 June, focused on the theme ‘Ending Poverty, Enriching Children‘, which emphasized that child poverty is the gravest global injustice and the worst, most extensive form of violence against children.

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Ten Promises for Children: A Multi-religious Commitment

WASHINGTON, D.C.; June 14, 2012 Religions for Peace (RfP) and the Center for Interfaith Action (CIFA) today announced the launch of a global initiative to engage religious communities around the world in saving children’s lives through ten concrete and specific acts: Ten Promises to Our Children. (See ten behaviors here)

Today, we still lose 20,000 children every day. Most of these deaths are preventable. Many could be saved by behavior changes that can be promoted and taught by religious communities.

These ten behaviors, within the control of families and communities, are endorsed by UNICEF and other development agencies. Over 200 religious leaders from different faith traditions and more than 60 faith-based organizations from around the world, including many Religions for Peace affiliates, have already made their global, multi-religious commitment to adopt and promote these ten behaviors. They are vital to saving the lives of children and reducing the burden of disease. This multi-religious commitment is unprecedented in the breadth and depth of faith leadership and will reach more than 250 million believers around the world.

Ten Promises to Our Children: A Multi Religious Commitment calls for specific actions to save and improve the lives of children. World Day Chair, Kul Gautam details the impressive history of the Child Survival Revolution which saved an estimated 25 million lives and highlights an ambitious new initiative, Child Survival – A Call to Action which was launched in D.C. on 14 June. 

 

USAID and UNICEF: A Winning Partnership for Child Survival and Development

by Kul Chandra Gautam·

Distinguished Speakers Series in Celebration of 50th Anniversary of USAID

Washington, DC, 6 June 2012

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I feel immensely honoured to be asked to address this impressive gathering as part of the Distinguished Speakers Series in Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the US Agency for International Development (USAID). And I am particularly thrilled to speak about USAID’s historic contribution and leadership role in what came to be known as a global Child Survival and Development Revolution (CSDR), of which we are celebrating the 30th anniversary this year.  

For a brief moment, the world is about to turn its attention to the issue of child survival and nutrition.

If you know anything about the problem, then you know it deserves even more of our attention. The upcoming meeting, Child Survival: Call to Action, being held June 14-15 in Washington, D.C., will bring together 700 leaders from the private sector, governmental bodies and civil society (including faith-based groups) to focus on the ways we can unite and work together to save the lives of more children and increase their chances of reaching their 5th birthday. It is a landmark event being convened by UNICEF, the United States, Ethiopia and India.

The event will certainly bring with it good news: through the work and interventions of governments, the private sector, and humanitarian groups like Church World Service, the rates of child mortality, according to UNICEF, dropped by one-third, just in the decade between 1990 and 2009.

That is good news. But there is still much to be done. More than 7 million children will die this year before they turn five. That is simply unacceptable.