November 2009—January 2010 IN THIS EDITION, READ ABOUT: Inauguration of the Arms Down! Global Youth Campaign in Costa Rica Regional and national updates of Arms Down! activities and signatures The Arms Down! Campaign for Shared Security, led by youth from the world’s major religions, works to engage religious leaders and believers around the world to unleash the power of multi-religious cooperation through shared action. It will also reach 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 will advance 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). collected Arms Down! partnerships Arms Down! forthcoming events Arms Down! on the web Arms Down! logos Send us your news and work, and we'll include it in the next The stories that follow are just a few examples of dedicated work undertaken by members of the Religions for Peace Global Youth Network in relation to the Arms Down! campaign, from November 2009 to January 2010. Religions for Peace is the world’s largest and most representative multi-religious coalition dedicated to promoting peace. Its Global Youth Network is representative of the world's major religious traditions across six regions. quarterly e-Bulletin! Questions, comments, or news? Kindly Contact: Ms. Katerina Ragoussi GLOBAL Associate Director, Youth & Network Coordination COSTA RICA | ARMS DOWN! GLOBAL YOUTH CAMPAIGN LAUNCH Religions for Peace 777 United The first youth-led global multi-religious campaign on disarmament, led by the Global youth network of Religions for Peace, was inaugurated in San José, Costa Rica, from 79 November 2009. The United Nations SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki-Moon and Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sánchez offered their support to this historic initiative. More than 120 young religious leaders of different faiths from forty-nine countries in six regions came together to outline their strategies for meeting the campaign’s three goals: abolishing nuclear weapons, stopping the proliferation and misuse of conventional weapons and redirecting at least 10 percent of military expenditure to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. Nations Plaza New York, NY 10017 USA Tel: 212 687-2163 Fax: 212 983-0098 email@example.com www.religionsforpeace.org RELIGIONS FOR PEACE—the world’s largest and most representative multireligious coalition—advances common action among the world’s religious communities for peace. Religions for Peace works to transform violent conflict, advance human development, promote just and harmonious societies, and protect the earth. The global Religions for Peace Over the three days of the event, several panel discussions were held that exposed the youth to valuable insights from international experts on each of the campaign goals. At the same time, capacity building workshops equipped the participants with the practical tools to work on lobbying and advocacy, engaging the media, raising public awareness and working with mayors, parliamentarians and policy makers for the purposes of the campaign. Lastly, participants were divided into regional working groups to develop national, regional and global plans of action that would eventually contribute to the success of the campaign. network comprises a World Council of senior religious leaders from all regions of the world; six regional inter-religious bodies and more than seventy national ones; and the Global Women of Faith Network and Global Youth Network.