Date(s) - 13/10/2020 - 17/10/2020
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


The 2020 G20 Interfaith Forum will take place online from 13th to 17th October 2020 prior to the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Co-organized by the International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID), the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), the G20 Interfaith Forum Association, and the National Committee for Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the G20 Interfaith Forum offers an annual platform where networks of religiously linked and faith-inspired actors engage on global agendas, within the broad framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the G20 host country’s agenda. This year, G20 countries and policy makers are at the centre of global action to address the social, economic, and political consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, an effort in which religious actors continue to offer crucial partnership and creative solutions.

Read about the G20 Interfaith Forum here.

The agenda includes for each day a plenary that is going to be followed by three simultaneous panel discussions. All times provided are Riyadh time.

Overview of the agenda

Tuesday 13 October 2020:
4:00pm-6:00pm: PL01 Introductory Plenary
6:00pm-6:15pm: Break
6:15pm-8:15pm: Concurrent panels:

  • PD01 Countering hate speech and the use of social media as a space for dialogue
  • PD 02 Religious Cultural Heritage, Human Dignity and Sustainable Development
  • PD03 Human trafficking and modern slavery
Wednesday 14 October 2020:
4:00pm-5:30pm: PL02 Plenary on COVID-19 – Moderated by Kirsten Laursen Muth, JLI CEO
5:30pm-5:45pm: Break
5:45pm-7:45pm: Concurrent Panels:

  • PD04 Faith Communities, Partnerships, Technology, and COVID-19;
  • PD05 Religious actors and multilateral responses to the COVID-19 crisis: Priorities and accountability
  • PD06 Supporting vulnerable groups in times of COVID-19
Thursday 15 October 2020:
4:00pm-5:30pm: PL03 Plenary on empowerment of women, youth and vulnerable people
5:30pm-5:45pm: Break
5:45pm-7:45pm: Concurrent Panels:

  • PD07 Education that supports peace, religious literacy, and cultural diversity
  • PD08 Addressing needs of refugees and migrants and advancing solutions, with a focus on women and youth
  • PD09 structural and gender inequality
Friday 16 October 2020:
4:00pm-5:30pm: PL04 Plenary on religious action to address threats to the environment
5:30pm-5:45pm: Break
5:45pm-7:45pm: Concurrent Panels:

  • PD10 Ecological challenges: rainforest protection and purposeful action to protect the environment;
  • PD 11, Practical partnerships to address climate change and its consequences;
  • PD12 The rule of law, human rights and religious rights
Saturday 17 October 2020:
4:00pm-5:30pm: PL05 Plenary on Commitment of faith networks to disaster-risk reduction
5:30pm-5:45pm: Break
5:45pm-7:00pm: PL06 Closing plenary