NEW YORK, NY, United States, September 20, 2021 / – Speaking before the dialogue, the Honorable Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, Member of Parliament from South Africa and Chairman of AfriPAHR and Member of the Council of ‘FoRBLN administration said, “Parliamentarians and faith leaders are in unique positions to promote fundamental freedoms, including freedom of religion or belief. They occupy powerful positions in society and have social influence which can lead not only to political, legal and institutional changes, but also to attitude changes in society. ”

“Over 50 years of Religions for Peace’s unique capacity to multi-faith collaboration in over 100 countries, proves that freedom of thought, conscience and belief underpins all human rights and freedoms. Religious actors remain essential agents of change or its absence, ”said Professor Dr. Azza Karam, Secretary General of Religions for Peace.

The high-level dialogue is part of a series of consultations that will take place this fall and that will coincide with other background papers on FoRB and health (SDG 3), inclusive and equitable education (SDG 4) , gender equality and empowerment (SDG 5), reduction of inequalities (SDG 10), the fight against climate change (SDG 13) and access to justice for all. More information can be found here.

The Leaving No One Behind publication and consultation series was commissioned by FoRBLN, an international consortium funded by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

“This briefing paper and the following ones will provide concrete suggestions for parliamentarians and religious leaders to address inequalities in religion or belief using the SDG framework. The aim is to bring broader and more international concepts closer to the field, so that policies and laws are informed by contextual discussions and real-life experiences, ” said Dr Charles Reed, Director of Operations of FoRBLN.

Such publications and consultations spark an important debate that should be part of our global discourse. By exploring ways in which FoRB could contribute to sustainable, inclusive and equitable social and economic development for all, we find that networking and peer learning are essential for parliamentarians, ”adds Liv Kvanvig, Director of the IPPFoRB (member of the FoRBLN consortium) and head of the Freedom of Religion or Belief Center, Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC)

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