Past Programs

PROGRAMS AND BRIEFINGS 2016

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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