Past Programs

PROGRAMS AND BRIEFINGS 2017

June 20, 2017

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the U.N. (CRNGO@UN) held its Annual Luncheon with the theme of “RELIGION and FUNDAMENTALS: Two Trajectories—Human Rights and Violent Extremism”.  The event was held at the Church Center for the United Nations.   Attendees were given the opportunity to meet and purchase books from the following presenters:

“The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Challenge of Religion”
Dr. Johannes Morsink 
Emeritus Professor of Political Philosophy, Drew University, Madison, New Jersey

“Competing Fundamentalisms: Violent Extremism in Christianity, Islam and Hinduism”
Dr. Sathianathan Clarke
Bishop Sundo Kim Chair in World Christianity & Professor of Theology, Culture and Mission at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C.

 

May 16, 2017

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the U.N. (CRNGO@UN) held substantive briefing on “Religion, Ecology, and Environmental Justice”at the Bahá’í Offices at the UN Plaza.
Kusumita P. Pedersen (moderator)
St. Francis College Interfaith Center of New York Parliament of the World’s Religions
Panelists:
The Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi
Buddhist Global Relief
Imam Saffet Abid Catovic
Green Muslims of New Jersey
Dr. Laurel Kearns
Drew Theological School, Green Seminary
Baba Antonio Mondesire
Interfaith Center of New York
Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye
Sunita Viswanath
Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus

 

April 18, 2017

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the U.N. (CRNGO@UN) in collaboration with United Methodist Women, Ecumenical Women at the United Nations co-sponsored International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines’ “Voices for Peace: A Briefing on Indigenous Peoples and the Peace in the Philippines”. Pagalan and her colleagues discussed the significance of the negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

Josephine Pagalan
Spokesperson of Kasalo Coalition of Indigenous People’s Organization in Caraga
Dulphing Ogan
Secretary Generak of Kalumaran Alliance of Indigenous Peoples’ Organization in Mindanao
Cristina Palabay
Secretary General of Karapatan Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights
Edre Olalia
Legal Consultant to the NDFP Peace Panel
President of National Union of People’s Lawyers

 

April 04,2017

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the U.N. (CRNGO@UN) hosted the special event “A Time to Break Silence: The 50th Anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Historic Speech and its Relevance to the United Nations”. The commemorative event was held in the Church Center for the United Nations.

Keynote Speaker:
Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury
Former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the United Nations
Remarks by:
Mama Ruby Sales
Co-Director and Founder of the Spirithouse Project
Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr.
Founder and President of the Healing of the Nations Foundation
Senior Minister Emeritus of Riverside Church
Special Musical Tribute:
Ebony Ecumenical Ensemble
Directed by Bettye Forbes

 

March 16, 2017

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the U.N. (CRNGO@UN) held substantive briefing on: “Religion & Gender Equality: SDG 5” A CSW61 Parallel Event. The event was held in The Salvation Army Auditorium.

Ms. Ivy Gabbert (Moderator)
Soka Gakkai International
Ms. Suzy Ismail
Founder and Head Communication Counselor at Cornerstone
Rev. Dionne P. Boissière, MDiv.
Chaplain of the Church Center for the United Nations

 

February 21, 2017

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the U.N. (CRNGO@UN) and the NGO Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples held substantive briefing on Religion, Reconciliation and Forgiveness; “The Struggles of Indigenous Peoples: What Repentance Requires and Forgiveness Demands”. Rev. Bautista reported on his participation on the 100th year commemoration of the Sami indigenous peoples’ organizing that led to the creation of the Sami Parliament. Presentation focused on the role of religion on the enduring issues of slavery, colonialism, and racism, especially in the lives and struggles of the indigenous peoples.   

Rev. Dr. Liberato “Levi” Bautista
President, CRNGO@UN
Main Representative, Church and Society —The United Methodist Church

 

February 06, 2017

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the U.N. (CRNGO@UN) presents “Interfaith Harmony: Embracing the Other”.  This event honoring the 2017 World Interfaith Harmony Week celebrated the principles of tolerance and respect for the other that are deeply rooted in the world’s major religions.  This program combined wisdom from many faith traditions with music and personal engagement.

 

January 17, 2017

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the U.N. (CRNGO@UN)  held a substantive briefing on “Education for Global Citizenship: Religious, Spiritual and Ethical Moorings”.  The event comprised of opening remarks and conclude with a community discussion.

Mr. Carl Murrell (Moderator)
Principal Representative,
National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’í s of the United States United Nations Office
Remarks:
Dr. Catherine A. Honeyman
Managing Director, Ishya Consulting
Visiting Scholar, Duke University,
Center for International Development
Dr. Jeffrey Haynes
Professor of Politics and Director of the Centre for the Study of Religion, Conflict and Cooperation, London Metropolitan University

PROGRAMS AND BRIEFINGS 2016

 

December 16, 2016

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the U.N. (CRNGO@UN) held a substantive briefing on “Religion & Human Rights: In Celebration of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights”.

Swami Parameshananda (Moderator)
UN Representative, Bharat Sevashram Sangha
Panelists:
Ms. Marta Santos Pais
Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children (SRSG)
High Level Global Independent Advocate
Ms. Rebeca Rios-Kohn J.D.
Director, Arigatou International New York
Office and Leader of Prayer and Action for Children
Mr. Rick Chavolla
Educational Consultant
Board Chair for the American Indian Community House of New York (AICH)

 

November 21, 2016

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the U.N. (CRNGO@UN) held a substantive briefing on “Religion and Difficult Topics: Briefing on Challenges to the UN Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance & Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief”.

Rev. Scott Stearman, Ph.D. (Moderator)
Pastor, Metro Baptist Church and
Liaison for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
Panelists:
Mr. Michael De Dora
Director, Office of Public Policy
Center for Inquiry and Main Representative to the United Nations
President, NGO Committee for Freedom of Religion and Belief
Ms. Christen Brocker
Associate Director AJC and Director of Research
Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights
Mr. Ravi Karkara
Strategic Adviser, UN WOMEN

 

October 18, 2016

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the U.N. (CRNGO@UN) held a substantive briefing on “In the Name of Religion: How is Religion and its Sacred Texts Co-Opted and Instrumentalized in Incitement to and Acts of Violence, Including Terrorism?”

Rev. Farida Ali (moderator)
Principal Representative, All Pakistan Women’s Association (APWA) to the United Nations
President Emerita, Islamic Heritage Society, New York
Honorary President, Religions for Peace
Mr. Muhammad Rafi-ud-din Shah
Team Leader and Senior Political Officer,
United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism
Ms. R. Evon Idahosa, Esq.
Barrister | Founder & Executive Director, Pathfinders Justice Initiative
Co-Founder, Bring Back our Girls, NYC
Mr. Leon Siu
Hawai’ian, diplomat, musician, recording artist, composer, teacher, analyst, & activist

 

June 30, 2016

The Committee of Religious NGOs held its Annual Luncheon on the theme of “What Role for Religion in A World of Turmoil?”.

The meeting consisted of an annual report followed by a table talk discussion on a draft document and included lunch.

May 12, 2016

The Committee of Religious NGOs held a Substantive Briefing with the theme of “Indigenous Peoples in the Parliament of the World’s Religions”. The briefing was Co-sponsored with The Parliament of the World’s Religions.

Dr. Kusumita P. Pedersen (Moderator)
Vice Chair, Parliament of the World’s Religions | Professor Emerita of Religious Studies, St. Francis College
Chief Oren Lyons (Onondaga)
Faithkeeper, Onondaga Nation
Lewis Cardinal (Cree)
Chair, Indigenous Task Force, Parliament of the World’s Religions
Iriama Margaret Lokawua (Karamoja)
Women’s Environmental Conservation project (WECOP), Uganda
The Reverend Andras Corban-Arthen
Vice Chair, Parliament of the World’s Religions | President, European Congress of Ethnic Religions.

March 28, 2016

The Committee of Religious NGOs held the RNGO monthly meeting with the theme of “Children’s Thoughts on Spirituality and Oneness”.

Rev. Liberato ‘Levi’ Bautista (Moderator)
President, CRNGO | Asst. General Secretary for UN and International Affairs, General Board of Church and Society—The United Methodist Church
Robert Cohen
Director, Rain Barrel Communications, New York
Paul Ladd
Director, Arigatou International, New York

The meeting was followed by the CRNGO buisness meeting with a focus on the revision of the By-Laws.

PROGRAMS AND BRIEFINGS 2015

September 22, 2015

The Committee of Religious NGOs held the RNGO monthly meeting in the theme of “Sustainable Development Goals: Moral & Ethical Imperatives For Transformative Change”.
Rev. Liberato ‘Levi’ Bautista (Moderator)
President, CRNGO | Assistant General Secretary for UN and International Affairs, General Board of Church and Society —The United Methodist Church
Speakers:
Azza Karam Ph.D.
Senior Advisor, Culture |UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Coordinator, UN Inter‐Agency Task Force on Religion and  Development
Paul Ladd
Director, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Team on the Post‐2015 Development Agenda | Director, U.N. Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) beginning October 2015.

June 16, 2015

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations held its annual luncheon at the United Nations Plaza. Discussion focused on “Religion and the SDGs: From Strength to Strength”. The event was anoccasion for Member States, UN Agencies and RNGOs to engage in an open and forward looking dialogue with brief remarks by distinguished speakers.

March 16, 2015

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations met at Baha’i International to hear the remarks of guest speaker Mark Johnson, Executive Director, The Center for the Bible and Social Justice Anna Ikeda, Fellow, Metta Center for Nonviolence. The theme was “Abolition of Nuclear Weapons and the Role of Religious Communities”.

PROGRAMS AND BRIEFINGS 2014

October 13, 2014

The Committee of Religious NGOs hold the RNGO monthly meeting in the theme of “Looking Back, Moving Forward”. A discussion with past presidents of the committee was held.

May 28, 2014

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations held its annual luncheon in the Church Center at the United Nations. Around 60 people attended this luncheon, where the discussion focused on “Spirituality for Sustainable Development”. Members and representatives from the missions, civil society organizations and UN agencies attended the event to share experiences, strengthen partnerships and network for future collaboration.

May 15, 2014

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations co-hosted an event with the NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief focusing on “Unseen Valor: acts of interfaith courage in the promotion of freedom of religion and belief”. This event was held at Baha’i International.

30 April, 2014

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations, along with the Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the United Nations, Global Security Institute, United Religions Initiative, Religions for Peace, World Evangelical Alliance, United Methodist Women, NGO Committee on Sustainable Development, and NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security
held an interfaith call for prayers to abolish nuclear weapons. This event was held at the Tillman Chapel, in the Church Center for the United Nations. This event provided statements, blessings and prayers from people of many religions.

28 April, 2014

During the monthly Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations meeting, a panel discussion was held on sustainable development from youths. At this event held at Baha’i International, diverse religious youth from Kenya, Israel, the USA and Morocco shared their experience and work on sustainable development.

17 March, 2014

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations sponsored an event where speakers attended to speak about sustainability: women work for present and future generations. This event was held at Baha’i International.

12 February, 2014

The Committee of Religious NGOs held the event on ‘World Interfaith Harmony: A Vital Key for Peace and Development’. This was held in the United Nations Trusteeship Council Chamber in partnership with the UN Alliance of Civilizations.

PROGRAMS AND BRIEFINGS 2013

 

18 November, 2013

As part of its monthly event, The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations organized a discussion on ‘What Does Faith Have to Do with Sustainability?’

12 November, 2013

In partnership with the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security, The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations organized a presentation on the ‘Nuclear Weapons and the Future of the Earth: The Moral and Spiritual Challenge’. Brief responses, dealing with the moral and religious issues involved, were offered by representatives of several faith traditions.

18 September, 2013

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations in collaboration with the Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns-NY, URI, Global Family for Love and Peace URI CC, World Peace Prayer Society, URI at the UN CC, the Buddhist Council of New York, and Lalitamba Magazine co-sponsored an interfaith vigil, The Sound of Peace, to commemorate the International Day of Peace.

April 10, 2013

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the UN co-sponsored an event in partnership with The Temple of Understanding & the Interfaith Consortium for Ecological Civilization (ICEC) co-sponsored the Science, Ecology and Faith Speaker Series. The focus was broadly on climate change and sustainable development and the important role of the interfaith community as a catalyst for change.

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May 17, 2013

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the UN sponsored an event at the Isaiah Wall for an All Nations Prayer Ceremony. This event was focused around praying for the protection of Mother Earth.

1 May, 2013

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations was part of an event on ‘Global Survivability and the Need for Drastic Environmental Action’. The event focused on ‘Global Survivability: the Need for Drastic Environmental Action’.

12 March, 2013

During the Commission on the Status of Women, which focused on eliminating violence against women, the Committee of Religious NGOs co-sponsored an event on ‘Religion, Women and Peacebuilding’.

14 February, 2013

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the UN co-hosted an event with the President of the 67th Session of the United Nations Assembly and UNESCO on ‘United for a Culture of Peace, through Interfaith Harmony’. This event was held in the UN General Assembly Hall.

7 February, 2013

To observe World Interfaith Harmony Week, The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations hosted an interfaith prayer service. This event was hosted in the Tillman Chapel in the Church Center to the United Nations.

26 January, 2013

The NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief and The Committee of Religious NGOs at the UN held an event to discuss the proposed new ‘Universal Code of Holy Sites’.

PROGRAMS AND BRIEFINGS 2012

15 November, 2012

In recognition of the UN International Day for Tolerance, the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations hosted an event on ‘Breaking the Cycle of Religious Intolerance: A roundtable discussion of how to make a difference.’

17 October, 2012

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations co-hosted an event with the CONGO and the Committee on Freedom of Religious and belief. Suzan Johnson Cook, the US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, was the key mote speaker.

21 September, 2012

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations was part of an event that was hosted by The Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations and The Permanent Mission of the Hashmemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United Nations. This event was a ministerial level side-event and panel discussion on ‘The Civil Society and Education on Human Rights as a tool for promoting religious tolerance’.

21 September, 2012

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations was involved in an event hosted by Connect Faith and the Interfaith Center of New York. This event was an ‘Open House’ vigil on ‘The Things That Make for Sustainable Peace’. This event featured thoughts and reflections on the topic from NGOs, religious leaders, artists and musicians.

10 September, 2012

NGOs were invited to a dialogue between the President of the 67th Session of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nassar, and civil society. During this event, World Interfaith Harmony Week was featured as a major success. Deborah Moldow and Monica Willard of the Committee of Religious NGOs received a certificate from the President of the General Assembly recognizing the work of the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations.

12 July, 2012

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations stood vigil at the Isaiah Wall on First Avenue in support of the Small Arms Treaty negotiations. The purpose of the vigil was to advocate at the United Nations for a strong and binding Arms Trade Treaty.

24 May, 2012

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations held the Second Annual Luncheon on Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation at the United Nations. This program was co-sponsored by the Mission of the Republic of the Philippines to the United Nations with the cooperation of Dr. Azza Karam of UNFPA, Chair of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Faith-Based Organizations.

16 May, 2012

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations co-sponsored the film Mayan Renaissance. This film was shown during the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to highlight the year’s Special Theme, ‘The Doctrine of Discovery: Its Enduring Impact on Indigenous Peoples’.

24 April, 2012

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations were invited by the Onassis Cultural Center, courtesy of The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations Bureau member Lila Prounis, to a special guided tour of the exhibition, Transition to Christianity.

23 April, 2012

The 2nd seminar on ‘Religion, Women and Peacebuilding’ was organized by Religions for Peace and co-sponsored by the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations and other organizations. This event focused on ‘Religion, Security and Violence Prevention’ at the Tillman Chapel at the Church Center.

29 March, 2012

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations, in collaboration with the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security and the United for Culture of Peace hosted an event on ‘Japan One Year Later: A people’s response after March 11’.

13 March, 2012

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations hosted an event concerning Religious NGOs preparing for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

7 February, 2012

As part of World Interfaith Harmony Week, The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations held an event in collaboration with the Office of the President of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, President, 66th Session of the General Assembly. This event took place in the United Nations General Assembly Hall around the theme ‘Common Ground for the Common Good: member states and civil society in the spirit of UN Resolution A/65/5’.

PROGRAMS AND BRIEFINGS 2011

6 December, 2011

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations, in collaboration with Religions for Peace, United Nations Women Princeton University-Office for Religious Life, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Ford Foundation and The Salvation Army International Social Justice Commission held an event on ‘Religion, Women and Peacebuilding’.

18 October, 2011

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations hosted an event on, ‘Climate Change & Poverty: Lives in the Balance’.

21 September, 2011

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations hosted an event for the International Day of Peace. This event took place at the Church Center for the United Nations and involved a discussion around Observance and Conversation on ‘The Next Ten Years’.

20 September, 2011

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations held a conversation with Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook, U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom. This event was held at the Baha’i Office for the United Nations where the Ambassador shared the priorities of the U.S. Department of State in relation to the religious freedom.

5 August, 2011

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations co-sponsored an event named ’Let the Bells of Peace Ring: Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Memorial Peace Day Gathering’. The other organizers included; The Interfaith Center in New York, Universal Peace Initiative, Buddhist Council of New York and NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security. This event, held at the Dag Hammerskjold Plaza, focused on peace and anti-nuclear weapons or reactors.

31 May, 2011

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations, the Mission of the Philippines to the UN and the UNESCO Office in New York co-hosted an informal discussion on interreligious and intercultural dialogue and initiatives.

13 April, 2011

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations held an event concerning ‘Moral Imperatives at this Energizing Moment.’

9 March, 2011

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations and the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace & Security presented, ‘The $1.5 Trillion Dollar Question the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations Discuss Military Expenditure’.

3 February, 2011

The Committee of Religious NGOs, with the NGO Section of the UN Department of Public Information, helped to launch the first annual World Interfaith Harmony Week, established as the first week in February by GA Resolution A/RES/65/5.

PROGRAMS AND BRIEFINGS 2010

17 November, 2010

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations held a side event to the UNSC Resolution 1325 meets COP16, ‘What does climate change have to do with violence against women?’ The speakers at this event looked at the Religious Perspectives on the Ideology of Power.

21 September, 2010

To commemorate the UN International Day of Peace, the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations held an event for young activists to share their work and their struggle for life.

7 May, 2010

During the 18th Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations hosted an event ‘Exploring the Implications of the Ecological Civilization’.

22 April, 2010

The Permanent Mission of Qatar to the United Nations and Religions for Peace, with the cooperation of the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations, presented a High-Level Interreligious round table discussion on the Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue.

24 March, 2010

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations hosted an event ‘What Kind of Financing for What Kind of Development?’ This event focused on the idea of ‘Religious, Ethical and Moral Voices Address the High-Level Financing for Development Meeting’.

3 March, 2010

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations hosted an event ‘What Kind of Financing for What Kind of Development?’ This event focused on the idea of ‘Economics as if Women Mattered’. This meeting was held at the Church Center for the United Nations.

9 February, 2010

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations hosted an event ‘What Kind of Financing for What Kind of Development?’ This event focused on the idea of ‘Who’s Included? Who’s Not?’

PROGRAMS AND BRIEFINGS 2009

10 November, 2009

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations hosted an event concerning ‘The Last Push Before Copenhagen: Defining Positions, Strategies and Goals’. This event was held at the Church Center for the United Nations.

19 October, 2009

For the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations hosted an event concerning ‘Religions Making Connections: Poverty and Climate Change’.

30 September, 2009

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations hosted an event concerning ‘Climate Change and Religious NGOs: Next Step’. This event was a follow-up to the UN Summit in preparation for COP 15.

21 September, 2009

For the International Day of Peace, at the Church Center for the United Nations, the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations co-hosted an event with the Office of the Chaplaincy, Religions for Peace, New York Interfaith Power & Light and the Global Campaign for Climate Action (GCCA). The event ‘Global Interfaith Gathering and Call to Action to the UN Summit on Climate Change’ was held at the Church Center at the United Nations.

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