Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit
General secretary
World Council of Churches

This is a moment of hope. The theme and the initiative behind this event are meant to give hope to those who need that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) will be pursued with commitment and all available resources. The success of this conference depends on whether they discover reasons to believe that can happen.

The role of religion should be one that gives hope. This potential to give hope (sometimes against hope or general optimism) should be a prime criterion for the sound critique of religion.