First, G20 in Bali includes major religions as ‘part of the solution’ to tackle global crises

ANI | Updated: Oct 31, 2022 5:57 PM IST

By Ayushi Agarwal Bali [Indonesia], Oct. 31 (ANI): In an effort to meaningfully discuss the role of major religions in tackling global problems, the G20 summit in Indonesia this year held an event called R20 (Religion Forum) that of November 2 will be held -3, for the ‘first time ever’. Held in the most populous Muslim-majority nation, R20 was founded by the world’s largest Muslim organization. R20 will mobilize world leaders to ensure that religion functions as a genuine and dynamic source of solutions rather than problems in the 21st century. The world’s largest Muslim organization Nahdlatul Ulama, an Indonesian organization with 120 million members, established the G20 Religion Forum (R20) in 2022, in collaboration with the Indonesian G20 presidency. The R20 has been recognized as an official G20 engagement group and the R20 summit in Bali is the main event in this year’s G20 programme. Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo will address the opening session of this year’s R20 summit on November 2, 2022.

The R20 provides a global platform for key religious leaders of every faith and country to unite to voice their concerns and give voice to shared moral, spiritual and civilizational values. The R20 mobilizes religious, political and economic leaders from G20 member countries and elsewhere in the world to build bridges of dialogue between East and West to encourage mutual understanding, peace and friendship among the world’s diverse peoples and civilizations, to to encourage honest and realistic conversations within and between religious communities and to ensure that religion functions as a source of solutions rather than problems; From 2022 to 2024, Indonesia, India and Brazil will successively hold the rotating presidency of the G20. These countries are home to the world’s largest Muslim, Hindu and Catholic populations. As such, they are ideally positioned to provide a “seat at the G20 table” to the billions of religious believers living in the South, in countries with no official G20 presence. India will chair the Group of Twenty. (or G20) for a year from December 1, 2022 to November 30, 2023. India is currently part of the G20 Troika (current, previous and upcoming G20 Presidencies), made up of Indonesia, Italy and India. During India’s upcoming presidency, India, Indonesia and Brazil would form the Troika. This would be the first time the Troika has consisted of three developing countries and emerging economies. (ANI)

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