Religion and the United Nations: Religion, Development, and World Affairs

, 12:00pm –
Princeton University

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.


Alastair K. Ager, Columbia University

W. Bramwell Bailey, The Salvation Army World Service Office

Michael N. Barnett, George Washington University

Alison Boden, Princeton University

Vineet Chander, Princeton University

Ming H. Chong, Bahá'í International Community

Moez Doraid, UN Women

Leslie E. Gerwin, Princeton University

Ufuk Gokcen, Permanent Mission of the Organization of the Islamic Conference

Stephen Hanmer, UNICEF

Jeffrey Israel, The New School

Azza Karam, UNFPA

Robert Keohane, Princeton University

Bruce Knotts, Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office

Jørn Lemvik, Digni

Kishore Mandhyan, Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General

Clayton Maring, Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding

Emeka Obiezu, Augustinians International

Marc Scheuer, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations

Janice G. Stein, University of Toronto

Kyoichi Sugino, Religions for Peace

Imam Sohaib Sultan, Princeton University

Afeefa Syeed, USAID

Joop Theunissen, UN DESA

Monica Duffy Toft, University of Oxford

Alana Tornello, World Faiths Development Dialogue

Mary Evelyn Tucker, Princeton University

Jonathan VanAntwerpen, SSRC

Toby Volkman, Henry Luce Foundation

Matthew Weiner, Princeton University

Frank Williams, World Vision International

Wei Zhu, SSRC