9th Annual Symposium on the Role of Religion and Faith-Based Organizations in International Affairs

Organized by the World Council of Churches and a variety of other faith-based partners, the symposium, an online event, will open with a high-level panel consisting of a UN official, faith-based representative, and member state. The theme of the 2023 edition is "Securing People’s Wellbeing and Planetary Sustainability".

EOUN 9th Annual Symposium

24 January 2023 | 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM EST

Virtual Event

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The 9th symposium will be opening with a high-level panel that represents the three major organizing components of the annual symposium–UN official, faith-based representative and member state. The moderator will introduce the theme of the symposium, both in the context of the history of the symposium and the urgency and saliency of the current theme.

The Symposium was conceived as a space to focus on how  religious and partner faith-based organizations could reinforce engagement around shared concerns of human  dignity, human rights and sustainable development, in particular as regards UN the Sustainable Development Goals  (SDGs)/Agenda 2030. The Symposium is organized as an annual event for conversation to identify and deepen the  multifaceted, multi-layered, multidimensional, and multidisciplinary aspects of the permanent general theme on  human rights and human dignity and follow that with an annual thematic focus that would enjoin the organizers to  build upon previous conversations and continue to heighten intellectual engagement, create practical forms of  action, and develop mechanisms for collaboration among symposium organizers, partners and participants.


Religious and Faith Based Organizations: 

World Council of Churches

ACT Alliance

General Board of Church and Society of The United  Methodist Church

Islamic Relief

Religions for Peace

Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Soka Gakkai International

United Religions Initiative 

United Nations: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) acting on behalf of the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Religion and Sustainable Development (currently chaired by UNFPA, United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect, and the UN Alliance of Civilizations and includes 27 entities within the UN System. See IATF-Religion and SDGs).

Partner: The  Human Security for All (HS4A) campaign led by the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security and the World Academy of Art and Science.

Click here to learn more details and the program of the 2023 edition of the symposium