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Official Event: Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom or Belief
November 16 at 8:00 am - 12:45 pm EST
Day One (16/11) – The high level session will be an excellent opportunity not only to discuss the current challenges to freedom of religion or belief, but also to reaffirm commitment to the fundamental values underlying the international system of human rights protection including the protection of persons belonging to religious minorities.
|MINISTERIAL – 16.11|
|14:00 – 14:05 CET
(8:00 AM EST)
|Keynote Address and Call to Action by high-level representative of Poland|
|14:05 – 14:10 CET||Keynote Address and Call to Action by high-level representative of the United States|
|14:10 – 14:15 CET
||Keynote Address and Call to Action by high-level representative of Brazil|
|14:15 – 18:35 CET
||Plenary Session of the Ministerial|
|18:35 – 18:45 CET
Background: On 16 and 17 of November 2020 Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, Mr. Zbigniew Rau, will convene the third Ministerial Conference to Advance Freedom of Religion or Belief. High-level representatives of states and multilateral organizations, civil society and religious leaders will meet to discuss the situation of religious minorities and how to support them in order to achieve mutual understanding and cooperation between members belonging to ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities. The aim of the conference is to scale up the international community’s efforts to promote freedom of religion or belief and protect members of religious minorities. This is more important today than ever.
The Conference will be a continuation of the previous two editions organized in 2018 and 2019 by the US Department of State in Washington, DC. Due to the ongoing pandemic and health hazards this year’s edition has moved to a fully digital format. The conference will be transmitted online.
The Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom or Belief is being virtually hosted by the Government of Poland. Official events are hosted by Poland. All side events are independently produced by the organizers of each event and are not endorsed by any government, the IRF Roundtable, or 21Wilberforce