World Council of Churches

A worldwide fellowship of churches seeking unity, a common witness and Christian service

You are here: Home / Resources / Documents / WCC programmes / Third Annual Symposium on the Role of Religion and Faith-Based Organizations in International Affairs

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

List of speakers and topics presented at the Third Annual Symposium on the Role of Religion and Faith-Based Organizations in International Affairs. 23 January 2017, United Nations secretariat, New York.

25 January 2017

Opening remarks:

- Mr. Adama Dieng, United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide (video).

- Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, General Secretary, General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church

Anatomy and Scope of Peace

- Moderator: Dr. Azza Karam, Senior Advisor on Culture, UNFPA and Coordinator, UN Inter-Agency Task Force for Engagement with Faith-based Organizations

- "A Global Vision of Peace: A Most Enduring Value", by
Dr. Ganoune Diop, Director of Public Affairs, General Conference of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church and Secretary General, International Religious Liberty Association

- "The United Nations and Peace", by H.E. Mr. Pekka Metso, Ambassador-at-Large on Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue Processes, Political Department, Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

- Ms. Joyce S. Dubensky, CEO of Tanenbaum, Center for Interreligious Understanding

Panel: Religions and Peace

- Moderator: Dr. Azza Karam, Senior Advisor on Culture, UNFPA and Coordinator, UN Inter-Agency Task Force for Engagement with Faith-based Organizations

- Mr. Akinremi Bolaji, Minister, Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the UN

- Mr. Mohamed Elsanousi, Network for Network Religious and Traditional Peacemakers

- Ms. Aisha H.L. al-Adawiya, Founder & Chair of Women in Islam Inc. New York

- Prof. Mohammed Abu-Nimer Prof. Senior Advisor to KAICIID Dialogue Center and professor at the School of International Service at American University

- Mr. Ulrich Nitschke, Head of Sector Programme Values, Religion and Development at GIZ/Germany and Head of the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD) Secretariat.

Just, Inclusive, and Sustainable Peace

- Moderator: Rev. Liberato Bautista, Assistant General Secretary--UN and International Affairs & Main UN Representative, General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church, and President, Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations

- "Sustainable Development Goals as a Framework for Peace", by Mr. Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and Mr. Andrew Tomlinson, United Nations Representative and Director, Quaker UN Office

- "Ecumenical Framework for Advocacy for Peace", by Mr. Rudelmar Bueno de Faria, World Council of Churches Representative to the United Nations in New York, and Coordinator, UN Ecumenical Office

- "A Political Framework for a Just, Inclusive, and Sustainable Peace", by Dr. Jeffrey Haynes, Professor of Politics, Director of the Centre for the Study of Religion, Conflict and Cooperation at London Metropolitan University, UK

Panel: Current Status of Peace: Philippines and Colombia

- Moderator: Rev. Liberato Bautista

- Secretary Jesus Dureza, Presidential Adviser for Peace Process, Malacañan Palace, Republic of Philippines

- Rev. Rex R.B. Reyes, Jr., General Secretary, National Council of Churches In the Philippines; Co-Chairperson, Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform; Independent Observer, Joint Monitoring Committee, Peace Talks between Government of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines

- Dr. Miguel Ceballos Arévalo, Dean, School of Politics and International Relations, Universidad Sergio Arboleda Bogotá

- Monsignor Hector Fabio Henao, Episcopal Conference of Colombia, Director of Caritas Colombiana and member of Executive Board of Caritas Internationalis

- H.E. Geir O. Pedersen, Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations