Religions for Peace (Asia)
The Asian Conference of Religions for Peace, also known as Religions for Peace Asia, is the world’s largest regional body of religiously-inspired people working for peace, harmony and the well-being of people in their own countries, in the Asian-Pacific region. The Asian Conference of Religions for Peace encompasses the Asian-Pacific region, stretching from the countries of the Middle East and South Asia up to Central Asia across to East Asia and South-East Asia and down to the countries of the South Pacific. Within these boundaries are contained many of the greatest cultural, linguistic and spiritual heritages that celebrate the diversity of humanity. Within these boundaries are contained over half of the world’s population, including seven of the twelve most populous nations led by China and India.
Founded in 1974, Religions for Peace Asia held it first Assembly in 1976 in Singapore. Since then, Assemblies have been held in New Delhi (1981), Seoul (1986), Kathmandu (1991), Ayutthaya (1996) in Thailand and in Jogjakarta (2002). The member countries are Australia, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Republic of Korea, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The last Assembly met in metropolis Manila in October 2008 under the theme, Peace-making in Asia, with the participation of almost 400 people as delegates and observers belonging to all the principal religions of Asia – Buddhist, Baha’i, Christian, Confucian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Shinto, Sikh, Tao, Zoroastrian and others. During this Assembly, Iraq and Cambodia were admitted as new members. As well, there were observers from Iran, Krygystan and Malaysia. The Asian Conference of Religions for Peace, in tandem with its partner and parent, Religions for Peace International, works to co-ordinate the various Asian religious heritages in pursuing peace and interreligious harmony based on the tenets of truth, justice, compassion and the transcendent dignity of the human person.
Asia Pacific Interfaith Youth Network
Religions for Peace Asia & the Pacific Interfaith Youth Network (RfP APIYN) is the regional network of multi-religious youth leaders affiliated with RfP International and RfP Asia/ACRP. rfP APIYN was formed in Ambon, Indonesia in 2005 at the Summit of Asian Religious Youth Leaders to renew their commitment towards multi-religious cooperation for peace in Asia. RfP APIYN brings together the commitment of youth leaders to advance common actions towards peace. The RfP APIYN is one of the standing committees of Religion for Peace Asia and Religions for Peace Global Interfaith Youth Network.
Asia-Pacific Women of Faith Network
Asia-Pacific Women of Faith Network is a the regional network of multi-religious women’s leaders of Religions for Peace in Asia and the Pacific. Religions for Peace Asia-Pacific Women of Faith Network brings together the commitment of women’s leaders to advance common actions towards peace. This network functions on a permanent basis and is convened when deemed appropriate for Asian Conference of Religions for Peace women’s Forum and other programs designed to promote aims of Asian Conference of Religions for Peace among women.