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World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Jerry Pillay will speak during the opening high-level segment. 

The symposium was founded a decade ago by faith-based partners, and aims to foster dialogue on the intricate interplay between religion and international affairs.

The programme of the online event will proceed in three sessions, each in a panel discussion with time for audience questions. 

The first, Upholding Human Dignity: Respecting Rights, Flourishing Humanity,” will serve as an introduction to where we are now and where we want to go in relation to the UN and its mandates. It will address the role of faith actors and religious institutions in serving as a moral compass and guide to keeping human dignity at the core of human rights. 

The second, Gender Equality, Peace, and Eradicating Violence,” will serve as a space for understanding interlinkages between the state of violence and conflict, its impact on gender equality, and how we can build a more just and peaceful world.

The third, Key Learnings for a Just, Peaceable, and Inclusive Future,” serves as the learning and hearing section of the symposium on practical experiences from different levels–-grassroots, national, regional, multi-regional, and international. This session also contributes to the Summit of the Future and an elaboration of the UN Pact for the Future. 

The symposium is sponsored by the 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, and in partnership with UN Women, UNFPA, and the UN Office on the Prevention of Genocide and the UN Inter-agency Task Force on Religion and Development.

Registration for an online audience is now open.

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