Religion and the United Nations: Religion, Development, and World Affairs
This workshop brought together policy advisors from the United Nations, scholars from academic institutions, and representatives of faith-based organizations (FBOs) from a variety of religious traditions. The first session featured authors Michael Barnett and Janice Stein, as well as respondent Robert Keohane, who reflected on the recently published edited volume, Sacred Aid: Faith and Humanitarianism (Oxford University Press, 2012). A second panel featured five representatives of UN agencies discussing various points of shared interest, such as faith-inspired humanitarian assistance; the implications of partnerships with FBOs for UN agencies working in conflict and humanitarian relief and development; and specific roles of religious actors in multi-track diplomacy and peacebuilding. Co-sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), the Interfaith Center of New York (ICNY), and Princeton University's Office of Religious Life (ORL), this is the fourth in a series of dialogues and consultations on religion and the United Nations.
Location: Princeton University