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The road to the G20 Interfaith Forum 2020

The formal G20 Interfaith Forum 2020 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia will take place from 13-16 October 2020, with forum organizers currently working to adjust the schedule due to COVID-19.

The G20 Interfaith Forum is an annual platform which brings together religious leaders, policy experts and diverse faith actors from around the world to collaborate on global agendas within the broad framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The agenda for this year’s Interfaith Forum will build on the goals of social cohesion, equity and sustainability that have been a central underlying theme for the Forum from its inception. The agenda and prior preparatory work addresses issues proposed by Saudi Arabia as well as several issues of continuing concern to Forum participants, such as responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The overarching theme of the G20 Interfaith Forum 2020 is “Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century for All”, focussing on three topics:

  • Empowering people, by creating the conditions in which all people – especially women and youth – can live, work and thrive.
  • Safeguarding the planet, by fostering collective efforts to protect our global commons
  • Shaping new frontiers, by adopting long-term and bold strategies to share benefits of innovation and technological advancement

This year’s Forum will be held in partnership by KAICIID, the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations (UNAOC), the G20 Interfaith Forum Association, and Saudi Arabia’s National Dialogue Committee.