Convened in conjunction with the SSRC’s work on religion and international affairs and in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund and the Interfaith Center of New York, over thirty guests attended this panel session, including leading scholars and representatives of multiple UN agencies and various faith-based NGOs, including the Interfaith Center of New York, Religions for Peace International, Women in Islam, Inc., and World Vision International. Moderated by Azza Karam, a senior advisor to the United Nations Population Fund, the panel featured discussants Mark Scheuer (Director of the UN Alliance of Civilizations), Jean Duff (Senior Advisor for Strategy and Resources at the Center for Interfaith Action), and Leslie Vinjamuri (Co-Director of the Centre for the International Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice). The panel took as its point of departure a recent issue of the journal CrossCurrents, which was dedicated to the exploration of how religion intersects with and impacts the activities of the UN.


Aseem Andrews, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

R. Scott Appleby, University of Notre Dame

Michael Barnett, George Washington University

Verena Beittinger-Lee, University of Kent

Rev. Chloe Breyer, Interfaith Center of New York

Thu Cao, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Henia Dakkak, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Ihab Al-Daqqaq, Columbia University

Natalia Dinello, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Marc-André Dorel, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)

Jean Duff, Center for Interfaith Action

Bani Dugal, Bahá’í International Community United Nations Office

Stephen Hanmer, United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF)

Robert W. Hefner, Boston University

Doug Hostetter, Mennonite United Nations Liaison Office

Jeffrey Israel, University of Chicago

Azza Karam, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

David Little, Harvard Divinity School

Katherine Marshall, Georgetown University

Paul Mikov, World Vision International, New York

Daniel Philpott, University of Notre Dame

Natabara Rollosson, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Sarah Sayeed, Women in Islam, Inc.

Marc Scheuer, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations

Janice Stein, University of Toronto

Alfred C. Stepan, Columbia University

Joop Theunissen, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)

Thomas Uthup, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations

Leslie Vinjamuri, University of London

Matthew Weiner, Interfaith Center of New York