G20 Interfaith Forum (IF20) announces plan for Forum 2022 and beyond


G20 Interfaith Forum

The G20 Interfaith Forum (IF20) has released a statement that the 2022 forum will be held in the United Arab Emirates rather than Indonesia, the host country of the G20 2022

It is one of the core values ​​of IF20 to give everyone a voice around the table – to encourage genuine dialogue, understanding and progress without favoring current power structures.

— Katherine Marshall, IF20 Vice President

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, USA, September 26, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — The G20 Interfaith Forum (IF20) posted the following statement regarding its 2022 forum, which will be held in the United Arab Emirates rather than in Indonesia, host country of the G20 2022:

“The G20 Interfaith Forum (IF20) was founded to bring together faith leaders, faith-based organizations and cultural organizations from all sectors to advance humanitarian values ​​and understanding around the world. In this spirit of cooperation, IF20 will organize an event in the United Arab Emirates on December 12-13, 2022 on the theme “Engaging faith communities: the G20 agendas and beyond”. Given Indonesia’s decision to host an R20 focused on religious leaders’ contributions during its year as host of the G20 process, IF20 has agreed not to hold a concurrent event in Indonesia in 2022.

“It is one of the core values ​​of IF20 to give everyone a voice around the table – to encourage genuine dialogue, understanding and progress without favoring current power structures. through ongoing exchanges, including our traditional regional and global forums.IF20 focuses on analysis and proposals that are prepared and presented to the G20 and other leaders.IF20 has been operating since 2014 and provided an ongoing international platform to explore ways in which faith communities can make meaningful contributions to global politics. We look forward to continuing and expanding our efforts in India 2023, Brazil 2024, South Africa 2025 and all future G20 summits.

The UAE forum will focus on five priority issues:
1. Bold economic and financial measures and actions for vulnerable countries and communities. New measures on debt, SDR allocations and long-term reforms of the global financial architecture are urgently needed, as are measures on immediate food crises and longer-term attention to Zero Hunger goals.
2. COVID-19 emergencies: Religious leaders should be involved in planning at all levels of COVID-19 response and pandemic preparedness, starting with vaccination and reforming health systems. health. G20 countries can include faith communities in plans and partnerships to ease tensions around public health restrictions and fractures in social cohesion.
3. Focus on children: Urgent transnational action is needed to address the loss of education and inequalities revealed by the pandemic years. Religious education providers are involved at the center.
4. The G20 2022 agenda on climate change and environmental threats. The papal encyclical Laudato Si’ highlights the multiple dimensions of religious climate-related concern, advocacy and action, and includes practical strategies, amplified by Patriarch Bartholomew’s speech in 2021 at the IF20 Forum in Bologna. Exemplary religious involvement, including the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative (IRI) and Faiths for Earth, promises to take action and expand the constituencies whose support will be vital.
5. Refugees and forced migrants. Funding for humanitarian emergencies and system reforms will benefit from more focused engagement of religious actors.
As part of his communicated on September 17, IF20 said:

“Interfaith voices and action enrich and embolden calls to action. G20 leaders meeting in Bali in November 2022 can provide hope and inspiration if they heed this call. This is a Kairos moment, a special moment of grace and opportunity that demands urgent and bold action. Alberto Melloni, who chaired a G20 Interfaith Forum in Bologna in September 2021, urges interfaith communities to go beyond the long-awaited “first mile” of calling together for peace and harmony, draw on common and different perspectives as contributions to global dialogues and agendas. The IF20 focuses on the second and third miles and beyond.

Read the full press release at https://www.g20interfaith.org/if20-communique-september-2022/

Watch a statement explaining the statement from Katherine Marshal, Vice President of IF20 on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mKxfncmIlc&t=1s

About the G20 process

The Group of Twenty, or G20, is the premier forum for international economic cooperation,
bringing together the leaders of the most successful economies on Earth. Collectively, the G20
account for around 80% of global economic output, two-thirds of the
world population and three quarters of international trade. Throughout the year,
representatives of G20 countries meet to discuss financial and socio-economic issues
as well as broader humanitarian issues targeted by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

About the G20 Interfaith Forum

The G20 Interfaith Forum seeks global solutions by collaborating with religious thought
leaders and political representatives to help shape the global G20 agenda. It relies on the
vital roles that religious institutions and beliefs play in world affairs, reflecting a rich
diversity of institutions, ideas and values. Thanks to its extensive network of networks, it
helps to prioritize key global policy goals and indicate practical means of implementation
at all levels of society.

For more information, please visit www.g20interfaith.org.

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Statement on the IF20 Communiqué by Katherine Marshall

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