Religions for Peace is the world’s largest multi-religious coalition advancing common action among religious communities for peace. The Religions for Peace Global Youth Network has been advancing disarmament for shared security through a campaign launched in November 2009.
Shared security is a new political paradigm. It echoes the holistic notions of peace that are found in the world’s great religions. It recognizes that each person’s vulnerability is an invitation to approach others with compassion. Our inter-relatedness calls us to cooperate to protect all persons and our earth. Today, my security depends on yours and no one is safer than the most vulnerable among us. Shared security was advanced by 800 senior religious leaders from over 100 countries at the Religions for Peace VIII World Assembly in Kyoto, Japan in 2006.
The campaign -led by youth from the world’s religions- has been working to engage religious leaders and believers around the world to unleash the power of multi-religious cooperation through shared action. It has also been reaching out to international organizations, governments, national assemblies and parliaments, municipalities, media, and all men and women of good will. Through education, mobilization and advocacy, the campaign has been advancing shared security by working to reduce nuclear and conventional weapons and to reallocate military spending to support urgently needed development, as set forth in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Youth representing the world’s religions work together for an arms-free world and a shared future.
Youth representing the world’s religions advance common action for disarmament toward shared security.
Youth call on the world’s religious believers and all people of goodwill to:
1. Abolish nuclear weapons.
- Advocate for the development of a universal Nuclear Weapons Convention.
2. Stop the proliferation and misuse of conventional weapons.
- Advocate for the passage of a robust and ethical Arms Trade Treaty.
- Advocate for the universalization of the Mine Ban Treaty and the Convention on Cluster Munitions.
3. Redirect 10% of military expenditure to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.
- Advocate for the reduction of arms expenditure in each state and the re-allocation of those funds to support completion of the