2019 Kofi Annan Faith Briefings at the United Nations
This report serves as an exciting conclusion to the second edition of the annual United Nations Kofi Annan Faith Briefings held on July 15, 2019. It also marks the end of the first pilot year of the Multi-Faith Advisory Council, which is the unique space for convening faith-based partners as advisors to the United Nations, in their human rights, peace and security, and sustainable development efforts.
It is, therefore, a fitting time to underscore our unwavering commitment to work together, in and through the advisory Council, across religious and regional boundaries, to support the United Nations and the case for multilateralism and global human rights, and to ensure that our respective constituencies continue to contribute to Agenda2030.
Indeed, reflecting on this year’s Briefings—and the wealth of insights, perspectives, and visions shared during the event—fills us with distinct optimism for the future. It reaffirms our belief in the capacity of the global faith community to do its part in creating a better and more caring world by reaching the Sustainable Development Goals in 2030. We hope you join us in our optimism as you read this report.
Lastly, we would like to extend our sincere thanks to the Republic of Finland, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the Kingdom of Spain for co-sponsoring, to UNAOC, UNDP, UNEP, UNFPA, UN-Habitat, UNICEF, UN Office for Genocide Prevention, and UN Women for co-hosting, and to all members of the Advisory Council for their role in ensuring the success of the 2019 Kofi Annan Faith Briefings. Sincere thanks are also extended to Sarah Tyler for authoring this report and to Chuqiu Peng and Frederik Pedersen for their support to the coordination and planning of the Briefings.