NEPAL | INT’L SUMMIT OF RELIGIOUS YOUTH ON DISARMAMENT
Cross posted on Religions for Peace e Newsletter. Third Quarter e-Bulletin 2009
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Globally nearly 1,000 people a day die from various kinds of weapons. Meanwhile, military spending in 2008 reached a new high of $1.464 trillion, even as the global economy faltered and the majority of the world’s population continued to live in poverty. To help address these issues, religious youth around the world gathered at the International Summit of Religious Youth Leaders on Disarmament for Shared Security on 10 July 2009 in Kathmandu , Nepal .
Organized by Religions for Peace, the Summit brought together a hundred Nepalese and fifty international religious and civil society leaders from twenty-five countries. Opening the Summit was Nepal President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav. Other prominent participants in the Summit included Mr. Kul C. Gautam, of Religions for Peace Nepal and former UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF, and Mr. Taijiro Kimura, Director, UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific.
Playing a leadership role at the summit was Ms. Stellamaris Mulaeh, Coordinator of the Religions for Peace Global Youth Network. Supporting the youth from Religions for Peace was Rev. Kyoichi Sugino, Director of Inter-religious Council Development and Network Coordination; Ms. Deepika Singh, Director of Program Coordination; Ms. Katerina Ragoussi, Associate Director of Youth and Network Coordination; and Ms. Allison Pytlak, Coordinator of the Disarmament Program.