Fourth Annual Symposium on the Role of Religion and Faith-Based Organizations in International Affairs

New York City, USA

January 22, 2017

Venue: United Nations Secretariat, New York, USA

Convened by: ACT Alliance, General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church, General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists, World Council of Churches

Co-sponsored by: Adventist Development and Relief Agency, Parliament of the World’s Religions, The United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect on behalf of the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Engagement with Faith-based Organizations

Registration at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScnfS1IxPNseA3UP2ohgM8sxT7Hj5x7R-QOoKWfgRq00ayg_Q/viewform 

The Symposium will address cooperation among faith-based organizations, UN  system entities, and other engaged regional and international non-governmental entities, and will focus on the intersections of these themes with human mobility, migration and displacement. To that end, the Symposium will focus on legal and policy contexts defining UN engagement, religious NGOs and religious actors’ roles, specific UN-FBO partnership initiatives and concrete recommendations for scaling up the global responses through UN-FBO partnerships. It will discuss political perspectives, as well as development, humanitarian, and human rights frameworks in their moral and ethical dimensions.  Gathered migrants, refugees, practitioners, policy makers and government/multilateral officials will discern and identify issues that intersect with religious, cultural, economic, and political realms and explore ways to protect the human rights of all refugees and migrants and promote their full, equal, and meaningful participation in finding sustainable solutions.