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Inaugural Symposium on the Role of Religion & Faith-Based Organizations in International Affairs

January 21, 2015 hosted by General Board of Church & Society/Seventh-Day Adventists (General Conference)/United Methodist Women/World Council of Churches

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This symposium is the first in a series of annual lectures focusing on the intersections of the role of religion and international affairs. Purpose of the inaugural aymposium is to have an open discussion on the theory and practice of Human Dignity and Human Rights in the context of the shared vision and work of religious, ecumencial, and faith-based groups and U.N. and multilateral organizations.


All times are based on the Eastern timezone.

8:45am - 12:45p

Morning Session with presentations from:

  • Sung-ok Lee, Assistant General Secretary, Christian Social Action, United Methodist Women
  • Dr. Ganoune Diop, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, General Conference of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church and The International Religious Liberty Association
  • Shulamith Koenig, Founder of PDHRE, People’s Movement for Human Rights Learning (formerly PDHRE) and Recipient, 2003 U.N. Prize in the Field of Human Rights
  • Prof. Elsa Stamatopoulou, Director, Indigenous Peoples Rights Program, Center for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University
  • Rev. Liberato Bautista, Assistant General Secretary for United Nations and International Affairs and Main Representative to the U.N., General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church
  • Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Former Under-Secretary General and High Representative of the United Nations
  • Professor Heiner Bielefeldt, U.N. Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief

2:00pm - 6:00p

Afternoon Session with presentations from:

  • Rudelmar Bueno de Faria, Representative to the United Nations in New York, World Council of Churches
  • Dr. Azza Karam, Senior Advisor on Culture, UNFPA
  • Bishop Stacy Sauls, Chief Operating Officer, Missionary Society of The Episcopal Church
  • Olav Kjørven, Director, Public Partnerships Division, UNICEF
  • Pauliina Parhiala, Director and Chief Operating Officer, ACT Alliance
  • Lopa Banerjee, Chief, Civil Society Section of U.N. Women
  • Peter Prove, Director, Commission of the Churches on International Affairs, World Council of Churches
  • Rev. Kathleen Stone, Executive for Economic and Environmental Justice and Representative to the United Nations, United Methodist Women

Hosted by General Board of Church & Society/Seventh-Day Adventists (General Conference)/United Methodist Women/World Council of Churches


Symposium on the Role of Religion in International Affairs

International affairs have very direct intersections with religion. Several Christian organizations that work with the United Nations have decided to address these intersections through an Annual Symposium on the Role of Religion and Faith-Based Organizations in International Affairs.

The inaugural symposium in 2015 will be on human dignity and human rights. It is organized by the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church, the General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists, United Methodist Women and the World Council of Churches.

Co-sponsors include the African Methodist Episcopal Church Women’s Missionary Society, The Episcopal Church, General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and The Salvation Army.

The full-day programme of presentations and question-and-answer sessions involves high-ranking representatives of the United Nations and of faith-based organizations that are engaged in international affairs.

Download the programme (pdf, 25 KB, last updated: 17 December 2014)

Event details


21 January 2015

New York City, United States - Attendance by invitation only.

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1 comment:

Arsenio A. Lembert Jr. said...

There are so many things I could say about this event; But, for beginners I will just point out the THREE WAVY LINES in the logo (image of the lamp with a tree and three blue flames?) used for the occasion.

Yes, THREE WAVY LINES as in all the ecumenical, new age, global emblems.