Conference Background

Worldwide, recognition is increasing of the vital roles that faith and religion play in promoting peaceful and harmonious relationships within and between nations. Few examples are widely recognized, however, of positive contributions faiths and religions make to social well-being and to policies that impact national and international communities. The G20 Interfaith Forum has been conceived as an annual event where such contributions can be shared, highlighted, and advanced. 
The Forum is designed to bring together opinion leaders—including scholars, lawyers, and political leaders—with faith and interfaith leaders from around the world for three days of discussion and dialogue, as a substantive and symbolic contribution to the annual G20 Leaders Summit. 
In showcasing academic, political, and social contributions of various faith traditions and philosophies from around the world, the G20 Interfaith Forums can fill important gaps in the discussions of the G20 Summits, strengthening social cohesion through opportunities provided for communication and relationship-building among participants and raising the profiles of faith and interfaith communities.
Objectives of the G20 Interfaith Forum include
  • Exploring  through informed, scholarly discussion the links between economic development and religious freedom.
  • Facilitating constructive dialogue between leaders of multiple sectors in society, including faith, government, business, media, education and other social institutions, on how faiths can help to enhance social, economic and cultural policies and programs for the well-being of all.
  • Demystifying and fostering communication channels between the different faiths.
  • Sharing ideas, experiences and “best practices” in building peace and harmony.
  • Exploring and affirming common values, virtues and principles among diverse faith and philosophic traditions.