G20 Interfaith Summit


G20 Interfaith Summit

Griffith University Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue will conduct a G20 Interfaith Summit on November 16 – 18.

Worldwide, there is increasing recognition that faith and religion play a vital role in promoting peaceful and harmonious relationships within and between nations. However there are few examples of positive contributions faiths and religions make to social well-being and on policies that impact national and international communities. The G20 Interfaith Summit will be a forum where these contributions can be highlighted and advanced.

The Summit will bring together opinion leaders such as 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 G20 forum.

This gathering would showcase the academic, political and social contributions of various faith traditions and philosophies from around the world. It will highlight an important gap in the discussions of the G20 Leaders Summit. This conference will strengthen social cohesion through the creation of opportunities for communication and relationship building between participants and raise the profile of faith and interfaith communities.

Visit the Griffith University Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue G20 Interfaith Summit Website.

Registration for this Summit is now open. To read about Registering for this Summit, go here

G20 Summit Explained

The G20 is the annual gathering of the “Group of 20” nations   that represents the majority of the world’s economic activity – in fact almos t  90 per cent of the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The G20 nations are:   Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia,  Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South  Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States of America plus the  European Union.

The G20 Leaders Summit arose   out of the annual gathering of top finance ministers and central bank  governors.

But in 2008, on the back of   the Global Financial Crisis, the first meeting of the G20 Leaders took place in   Washington, D.C. That meeting agreed to an action plan to stabilise the global  economy and prevent future crises.

Since then G20 Leaders   Summits have been held in London (UK), Pittsburgh (USA), Toronto (Canada),  Seoul (South Korea), Cannes (France), Los Cabos (Mexico) and St Petersburg   (Russia). The 2014 G20 will be in Brisbane in November.

According to the official  G20 charter, its purpose is to be the “premier forum for international cooperation on the most important  issues of the global economic and financial agenda.

The objectives of the G20 refer to:

  1. Policy  coordination between its members in order to achieve global economic stability,  sustainable growth;  
  2. Promoting financial regulations that reduce risks and prevent future  financial crises;
  3. Modernizing international financial architecture.”

The G20  has grown to incorporate other parallel themes with the advent of the Business 20; Think 20; Youth 20, Civil 20 and Labour 20.