Securing Peoples’ Wellbeing and Planetary Sustainability
January 24, 2023
Accelerating planetary and social changes have given birth to a new generation of threats, which span borders and foster insecurity. The Inter-faith Symposium looked at these threats to human and planetary security, and at how religious, theological, ecumenical and interfaith groups have translated the theme of human security into actual advocacy on the ground. It facilitated the faith-based organizations, UN System entities and member states to contribute to the development of “unity, solidarity, international cooperation and global coordinated action” on the thematic focus on human security.
Much is needed in understanding human security. But much more is required to realize it in the day to day lives of peoples and their communities. The Symposium illustrated how both conceptual and practical convergences around human security are exhibited in actual projects, programs, advocacies and campaigns in the intersections of human security with sustainable development, durable peace, and gender justice. It bridged the disconnect between human development and human security, and demonstrated human security as shared security. Participants presented grassroots perspectives, and explored ways to better address threats through the discourse and practice of faith-based organizations and partners in the UN System, including member-states, civil society actors, and other international and regional organizations committed to human and people’s security.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) co-sponsored the 2023 Annual Symposium on the Role of Religion and Faith-based Organizations in International Affairs, on behalf of the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Religion and Sustainable Development. Co-sponsor for this symposium was the Human Security for All (HS4A) campaign, a joint initiative of the World Academy of Art and Science and the UN Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS).
The symposium was co-organized by ACT Alliance, General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church, Islamic Relief, Religions for Peace, Seventh-day Adventist Church, Soka Gakkai International, United Religions Initiative, and World Council of Churches.
President, 73rd UN General Assembly, Ecuador; Fellow, WAAS
President & CEO, WAAS; Executive Chair, HS4A Global Campaign
Chief, United Nations Human Security Unit, New York, United States
President, Global Security Institute; Co-chair, HS4A Global Campaign; Trustee, WAAS
Director of the Public Affairs and Religious Liberty, Seventh-day Adventist Church
Former Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Mission of New Zealand to the United Nations in Geneva; Fellow, WAAS
President, CoNGO; Assistant General for United Nations and International Affairs; Fellow, WAAS
Live-streamed video of the conference