Will R20 pave the way for religious diplomacy? – Academia

Saru Arifin (The Jakarta Post)

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G20 Indonesia 2022

Bali will host the Religion of 20 (R20) forum on Wednesday and Thursday, ahead of the Group of 20 Summit about two weeks later. Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) Chairman Yahya Cholil Staquf conceived the R20 concept to promote religion as an alternative solution to today’s complicated global problems, including conflict, climate change and economic injustice.

Given these objectives, the R20 will not only enliven the G20 agenda, but also give new hopes for global solutions and contribute to Indonesia’s diplomatic agenda.

Many have viewed religion as a source of conflict and violence. The European Enlightenment also caused many to ignore the importance of religion in public affairs.

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