Latin American religious leaders webinar to discuss COVID-19 and the social inequalities exposed by the virus
The G20 Interfaith Forum, the world’s leading organization focused on the intersection of faith and politics, discusses Latin America during COVID-19.
– Thiago Alves Pinto
PROVO, UTAH, USA, June 24, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – Webinar of Latin American religious leaders to discuss COVID-19 and the social inequalities exposed by the virus
The G20 Interfaith Forum brings together leaders to discuss Latin American social issues and how to approach them from a religious perspective.
The G20 Interfaith Forum, the world’s leading organization focused on the intersection of faith and politics, is hosting a webinar to discuss the challenges facing Latin America during COVID-19. The virtual meeting will take place on June 24, 2021 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. MDT, focusing on how Latin American religious voices are engaging in the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19. Register for the free webinar at https://bruneluniversity.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_T6X02xsdTX2Q49qsDC_6aA.
This webinar is the culmination of a series of events that explored the ways in which faith-based stakeholders have responded to the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis, through the prism of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Speakers will explore the complex links between sustainable development; religious cultural heritage; the pandemic and religion; digital literacy and the role of religious communities; and more.
Speakers and presenters include:
• Peter Petkoff (Brunel University London)
• Ana María Celis Brunet, professor (Chile)
• Evaldo X. Gomes, professor (Brazil)
• Luz Ebensperger O., Hon. Senator (Tarapacá, Chile)
• Marcelo Bartolini, artistic director. 18 (Mexico)
• Adelita Ravanales, Excma. Supreme Court (Chile)
• Juan Navarro Floria, professor (Argentina)
• Claudio Epelman, Religions for Peace (Argentina)
• Thiago Alves Pinto, professor (United Kingdom)
• Damaris Moura Kuo, Hon. Member of the State Congress (Brazil)
• Rodrigo Vitorino Alves, teacher (Brazil)
• Guilheme de Carvalho, theologian (Brazil)
“Religion has always played a vital role in helping the poor in Latin America,” said Pinto. “Religious organizations often fill the (great) void left by states in solving social problems. However, most of the work done by these organizations is ad hoc, often dealing with pressing social needs. Religious organizations, however, have the power to do much more. They can mobilize people to work towards long-term goals, such as the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
“In 2020, and faced with the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Interfaith Forum of the G20 particularly focused on how this pandemic and the measures taken by States to combat it, have undermined the law fundamental to religious freedom, “Floria added.” A year later, we propose to take stock of the evolution of these problems in Latin America, considering that far from being over, the pandemic has spread and s ‘is worsened in the region; and at the same time there are new challenges related to vaccination. ”
“This meeting is an opportunity to exchange perspectives from various fields around a selection of current and emerging issues such as religious cultural heritage and its protection, reflections after a year of COVID-19 and another style of pandemic “said Brunet.
The gathering continues a series of meetings that will produce policy recommendations for the G20 Global Interfaith Forum to be held in Bologna, Italy, September 13-15. These meetings brought together religious leaders from Latin America, government officials, academic experts and business leaders who were tasked by the organizers of the G20 Interfaith Forum to develop policy recommendations that will be submitted to leaders in September. world leaders at this year’s G20 summit.
About the G20 process
The Group of Twenty, or G20, is the premier forum for international economic cooperation, bringing together the leaders of the world’s most prosperous economies. Collectively, G20 members account for about 80 percent of global economic output, two-thirds of the world’s population, and three-quarters of international trade. Throughout the year, representatives of the G20 countries meet to discuss financial and socio-economic issues as well as broader humanitarian issues targeted by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
About the G20 Interfaith Forum
The G20 Interfaith Forum seeks global solutions by working with religious opinion leaders and political representatives to help shape the global G20 agenda. It builds on the vital roles that religious institutions and beliefs play in global affairs, reflecting a rich diversity of institutions, ideas and values. Through its extensive network of networks, it helps prioritize major global policy goals and indicate practical ways of implementation at all levels of society.
For more information, please visit www.g20interfaith.org.