A G20 Interfaith Forum Policy Brief
Draft, October 6, 2020
Challenges and a Call to Action
Religious communities are integrally linked to the many aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic and broader economic/social crises, and their active engagement is crucial to addressing the pandemic challenges.
Religious communities are both deeply affected by these crises and are in multiple ways particularly effective in responding at local, national, and international levels. Attention to the minority of religious communities who have furthered divisions and spread misinformation is also important. These diverse faith community roles are sometimes but not always recognized. Pertinent lessons from previous pandemics (HIV/AIDS, Ebola) as well as from the early stages of COVID-19 on the significance of religious roles argue for proactive consideration and action that can strengthen pandemic response.
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