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G20 Interfaith Forum

G20 Interfaith Forum

Bringing Faith and Policy Together

13 — 17 October 2020

The G20 Interfaith Forum

This year’s agenda will address some of the world’s most pressing humanitarian and development issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic, poverty, migration, conflict, gender equality, and climate change. The Forum ensures that religious voices are integral partners in global relief efforts.

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All times are Riyadh time (GMT+3)

Sessions start every day at 6am Los Angeles/9am Washington DC/2pm London/3pm Vienna/8pm Jakarta/10pm Tokyo

Tuesday 13 October 2020

04:00pm — 05:40pm

Opening Plenary​

05:40pm — 06:00pm

Framing the discussion, including the rationale of the G20 Interfaith Forum and expected outcome – Prof. Mohammed Abu-Nimer, Senior Advisor of The International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID)

06:00pm — 06:15pm


06:15pm — 08:15pm

3 concurrent panel discussions on the role of religion in peacebuilding and conflict prevention:

PD 01 
Countering hate speech and the use of social media as a space for dialogue
PD 02 
Religious Cultural Heritage, Human Dignity and Sustainable Development
PD 03 
Human trafficking and modern slavery​

Wednesday 14 October 2020

04:00pm — 05:30pm

Plenary on COVID-19

05:30pm — 05:45pm


05:45pm — 07:45pm

3 concurrent panel discussions on addressing the COVID-19 crisis:

PD 04 
Faith communities in partnerships to address the COVID-19 pandemic
PD 05 
Religious actors and multilateral responses to the COVID-19 crisis: Priorities and accountability
PD 06 
Supporting vulnerable groups in times of COVID-19

Thursday 15 October 2020

04:00pm — 05:30pm

Plenary on the empowerment of women, youth and vulnerable people

05:30pm — 05:45pm


05:45pm — 07:45pm

3 simultaneous Round Tables on education, youth and woman:

PD 07 
Education that supports peace, religious literacy, and cultural diversity
PD 08 
Addressing the needs of refugees and migrants and advancing solutions, with a focus on women and youth
PD 09 
Inequality: gender, racism, and structural discrimination

Friday 16 October 2020

04:00pm — 05:30pm

Plenary on religious action to address threats of climate change

05:30pm — 05:45pm


05:45pm — 07:45pm

3 concurrent panel discussions on protecting the planet and on human rights issues:

PD 10 
Ecological challenges: rainforest protection and purposeful action to protect the environment
PD 11 
Practical partnerships to address climate change and its consequences
PD 12 
The rule of law, human rights and religious rights

Saturday 17 October 2020

04:00pm — 05:30pm

Plenary on the commitment of faith networks to disaster risk reduction

05:30pm — 05:45pm


05:45pm — 07:00pm

Closing Plenary: the Way Forward


Speaker biographies are subject to change based on available information.

H.E. Under-Secretary-General Pramila Patten
Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict
H.E. Dr. Aminata Touré
Former Prime Minister of Senegal
H.E. Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah
President of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies
H.E. Grand Mufti Dr. Shawki Ibrahim Allam
The Grand Mufti of Egypt and President of the General Secretariat for Fatwa Authorities Worldwide
Dr. Tamader Al-Rammah
Member of the United Nations Committee of Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and Former Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch
H.E. Dr. Amina J. Mohammed
Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group
His Eminence Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot
Titular Bishop of the Diocese of Luperciana; President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and member of KAICIID Board of Directors
Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt
President of the Conference of European Rabbis
H.E. Dr. Mohammad Al-Issa
Secretary General of the Muslim World League and President of the Organisation of Muslim Scholars

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About the Organising Partners

The G20 Interfaith Forum Association offers an annual platform where a network of religiously linked institutions and initiatives engage on global agendas (primarily and including the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs). The annual G20 Summits are a critical time and place where priority global issues are considered. Our goal is to contribute meaningful insight and recommendations that respond to and help shape the G20 and thus global policy agendas. The G20 Interfaith Forum builds on the vital roles that religious institutions and beliefs play in world affairs, reflecting their rich diversity of institutions, ideas, and values. These include interfaith and intercultural organizations, religious leaders, scholars, development and humanitarian entities, and business and civil society actors.

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KAICIID is an intergovernmental organization whose mandate is to promote the use of dialogue globally to prevent and resolve conflict to enhance understanding and cooperation. Over a seven-year-long negotiation and development process, KAICIID’s mandate and structure were designed to foster dialogue among people of different faiths and cultures that bridges animosities, reduces fear and instills mutual respect. Intercultural and interreligious dialogue helps build communities’ resistance against prejudice, strengthens social cohesion, supports conflict prevention and transformation and can serve to preserve peace.

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Established in 2005, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) is mandated by the UN to improve relations between societies and communities of diverse cultural and religious backgrounds. Through its various programmes and activities around the world, UNAOC works to foster intercultural and interreligious dialogue to bridge divides and overcome prejudice, misconceptions, misperceptions, and polarization.

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The National Committee for Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue is a government entity in Saudi Arabia that was established in 2016. Its mandate includes planning and designing programmes that aim at enhancing the Kingdom’s initiatives for interfaith and intercultural dialogue. Members of the committee include representatives from various government ministries and dialogue institutions based both in Saudi Arabia and around the world.

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