2020 Saudi Arabia Interfaith Forum

2020 G20 Interfaith Forum

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

13-16 October 2020

The formal 2020 G20 Interfaith Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia will take place from 13-16 October 2020 . On the way to Riyadh, there will be regional forums in Argentina, Belgium, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, the Middle East, and Washington, D.C. These gatherings will produce statements and recommendations for the formal 2020 G20 Interfaith Forum. In addition, there are will be two pre-conferences in Riyadh to bring together the KAICIID Youth Programme and KAICIID Fellows right before the 2020 G20 Interfaith Forum in Riyadh that will contribute substantive input for the Forum. 

Saudi Arabia G20 Presidency Priorities

The Saudi G20 Presidency will steer the work of the G20 towards the theme of “Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century for All.” The aims of the host country are threefold:

Empowering people, by creating the conditions in which all people – especially women and youth – can live, work and thrive.

Safeguarding the planet, by fostering collective efforts to protect our global commons

Shaping new frontiers, by adopting long-term and bold strategies to share benefits of innovation and technological advancement.

For more information on these priorities, see the Overview of Saudi Arabia’s 2020 G20 Presidency.

Five Thematic Tracks

The agenda for the 2020 G20 Interfaith Forum will build on the goals of social cohesion, equity and sustainability that have been a central underlying theme for the Forum from its inception. The agenda and prior preparatory work addresses issues proposed by Saudi Arabia as well as several issues of continuing concern to Forum participants.

The general themes of the host country are reflected within five tracks during the time of the 2020 G20 Interfaith Forum. They are tailored within the SDGs that are mainstreamed in all five tracks.

The five tracks have five topics each that will be reflected in each Round Table at the Forum.

1) The role of religion in peacebuilding and conflict prevention

a. Countering hate speech and the role of FBOs
b. Religious literacy for conflict prevention
c. Protection of sacred sites
d. Religious actors addressing violent extremism
e. The role of faith-based actors in peacebuilding

2) Education, youth and women

a. Education on religious and cultural diversity
b. Responsible use of social media; youth and women being a peace messenger
c. Children’s rights
d. Youth promoting values for peace and ethical behaviour
e. Structural inequality and gender inequality

3) Peaceful coexistence and social cohesion

a. Role of religious leaders in inclusive citizenship
b. Media, social media, dialogue and religion
c. Social inclusion of refugees and migrants
d. Human rights and religious rights
e. Human trafficking and modern slavery

4) Governance and faith

a. Inclusive governance and religion
b. The rule of law, rights and religion
c. Shared benefits of innovation and technological advancement for equity
d. Religion and economic development
e. Anti-corruption efforts and reinforce values of integrity as a community

5) Protecting the planet

a. Ecology with emphasis on deforestation and protection of rainforests
b. Access to clean water
c. Commitment of faith networks to disaster-risk reduction
d. Practical partnerships to address climate change and its consequences
e. Commitment to reducing the use of plastics

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