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|Other children nearby, a girl clasps her hand in prayer in an 'anganwadi' (courtyard garden), a local early childhood development centre, in a village in the Udaipur region of north-western Rajasthan.|
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Religious leaders from countries around the globe gathered in Japan for the Eighth World Assembly for Religions for Peace (26-29 August), a one-week summit of the world’s religious communities that opened with a Youth Forum in Hiroshima and ends with the main assembly in Kyoto. The event hopes to promote greater understanding, peace and reconciliation through dialogue.
Under this year’s theme, ‘Confronting Violence and Advancing Shared Security’, the assembly will address issues such as transforming conflict, building peace and advancing sustainable development. During the conference, young leaders representing diverse traditions will discuss the unique role of religious youth in preventing violence.
UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman is attending the event to underline the agency’s recognition of religious communities as solid partners for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. Delegates attending the Religions for Peace meetings in Japan include representatives of the Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Shinto, Zoroastrian and indigenous spiritual traditions.
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