Working Groups

What Are Working Groups?

The G20 Interfaith Forum (IF20) seeks to bring perspectives from the world’s faith communities to bear on issues that are part of the G20’s effort to comply fully with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The IF20 has established one initiative and several Working Groups that will facilitate consideration of ways in which faith communities can contribute to progress on the following issues:

  • Anti-Racism Initiative
  • Poverty and Inequality
  • Religion, Health, and Wellbeing
  • Education
  • Gender Equality
  • Environment
  • Research and Innovation for Science, Technology, and Infrastructure
  • Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
  • Refugees, Displacement, and Migration
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Youth

Each Working Group consists of a handful of experts recognized for their technical background and global experience. Their work consists of public activities such as webinars; collaborating with faith-based and functional organizations around the world to build a ‘network of networks’ to create global forums for discussion; and preparing policy briefs that provide recommendations to G20 member governments to address these important issues. 

Below are links for the Anti-Racism Initiative and each Working Group that provide a brief overview of their efforts, background of the experts involved, and further links to resources and social media that shed additional light on the issues concerned.

IF20 Working Groups &
Policy Initiatives

Anti-Racism Initiative

Audrey Kitagawa | Chair

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Reducing Poverty and Inequality

Katherine Marshall | Advisory Council Liaison

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Religion, Health, and Wellbeing

Katherine Marshall | Advisory Council Liaison

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Olivia Wilkinson | Chair

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Jean-François de Lavison | Chair

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Education

Katherine Marshall | Advisory Council Liaison

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Scherto Gill | Chair

Senior Fellow, GHFP Research Institute

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Patrice Brodeur | Chair 

Associate professor, Institut d`études religieuses at the Université de Montréal 

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Gender Equality

Elizabeta Kitanovic | Advisory Council Liaison

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Audrey Kitagawa | Co-Chair

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Sofia Caseiro | Co-Chair

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Religion and Environment

Yoshinobu Miyake| Advisory Council Liaison

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Sherrie Steiner | Advisory Council Liaison

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Research and Innovation for Science, Technology, and Infrastructure

Jim Christie | Advisory Council Liaison: Religion and Technology

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Marco Ventura | Chair: Religion & Technology

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Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

W. Cole Durham | Advisory Council Liaison, Co-Chair

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Elizabeta Kitanovic | Co-Chair

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Refugees, Displacement, and Migration

Christina Tobias-Nahi | Advisory Council Liaison

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Humanitarian Aid

David Moore | Chair

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Youth

Rawaad Mahyub | Chair

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