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Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) and the SDG agendas

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This event explores how Freedom of Religion or Belief can help deliver the SDGs and ensure a sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

This Wilton Park event will serve as an opportunity to engage religious actors and other key civil society representatives, academics, and policy makers in a focused and practical dialogue that seeks to explore and clarify the following objectives, and in turn to inform the International Ministerial Conference on Freedom of Religion or Belief hosted by the UK Government in July 2022.

Goal and objectives 

  • Create a space for the active engagement and the network of participants on FoRB and the SDGs
  • Identify ways the protection of FoRB and religious engagement can advance the SDG agenda particularly in promoting just, peaceful and inclusive societies (SDG16)
  • Examine the evidence and highlight existing trends on, and challenges to, how local (inter)religious engagement can advance FoRB for all
  • Share best practices of government funded international development programming to advance FoRB
  • Identify impactful opportunities for collaboration between diverse actors on the FoRB and SDGs nexus and agendas  
  • Explore linkages between FoRB and the SDGs in the light of the current COVID19 pandemic
  • Develop an actionable set of evidence-based, development-specific recommendations for consideration during the International Ministerial Conference on Freedom of Religion or Belief.   

Wilton Park reference number: WP1776

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