(18 December 2019 | New York, USA) Religions for Peace (RfP) convened over 250 global religious peacebuilders in New York from 11 to 13 December 2019 for a Multi-Religious and Multi-Stakeholder Partnership for Peace and Development. Government officials, diplomats, United Nations representatives, leaders of partner organizations and philanthropists joined the RfP network of religious communities to advance solutions to challenges faced by the international community. On this occasion, RfP conducted the most inclusive and participatory strategic planning process in its nearly 50-year history. The final Strategic Plan will outline the global peace priorities of the represented religious communities-nearly 1 billion people from every region-for the next 5 years.
The process of developing these global priorities has been underway for over a year, beginning with the national and regional level consultations held across the globe by RfP affiliates. At the 10th World Assembly in August 2019 in Lindau, Germany, over 1,000 delegates from 125 countries identified goals and action areas based on these consultations, which were formally adopted in the 10th World Assembly Declaration.