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Official Event: NGO Component Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom or Belief

November 17 at 7:00 am - 10:45 am EST

Day Two (17/11): Representatives of civil society and religious groups will hold a dialog on how to stay united during the COVID-19 pandemic, whether freedom of religion or belief and security can be harmonized, and how FORB can support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

13:00 – 13:15 CET

(7:00 EST)

Welcoming Remarks  

High-level representative of Poland

High-level representative of the United States

13:15 – 17:45 CET

13:15 – 14:45 CET

14:45 – 16:15 CET

16:15 – 17:45 CET

General and Thematic Sessions:

Session 1 General Session: United in Dialogue during Covid-19 pandemic  [TBC]

Session 2 Thematic Session: FORB in support of Agenda 2030 [TBC]

Session 3 Thematic session: Freedom of religion or belief and security – can they be harmonized? [TBC]

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.


November 17
7:00 am - 10:45 am EST
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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