Multi-Religious Efforts to Address the Root Causes of Forced Displacement and to Assist Refugees, Stateless and Internally Displaced People

Join us for an online roundtable discussion on 9 May 2022 to hear more about how the Multi-Religious Council of Leaders (MRCL) works to promote protection and solutions for refugees, stateless, and internally displaced people.

Following remarks by Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees and Prof. Dr. Azza Karam, Secretary-General of Religions for Peace, Members of the MRCL will be joined by Ms. Gillian Triggs, UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, for an interactive discussion on their continuing work to assist Refugees, Stateless and Internally Displaced People at a time of unprecedented forced displacement globally.

The MRCL consists of twenty religious leaders representing the world’s diverse faith traditions with a track record of serving as advocates for conflict prevention, reconciliation, peacebuilding and social cohesion in challenging humanitarian and forced displacement contexts. Council members have experience building culture of peace that protects the most vulnerable, especially those at risk of gender-based violence.

Simultaneous interpretation will be available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, and Thai. Please send in your questions in advance.

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Opening remarks

H.E. Filippo Grandi United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees


Prof. Azza Karam Secretary General of Religions for Peace

Closing remarks

Ms. Gillian Triggs UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Protection

Multi-Religious Council of Leaders

H.E. Judge Mohamed Abdelsalam Secretary General of the Higher Committee on Human Fraternity, Egypt
H.E. Sultan Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar Sultan of Sokoto, Sultanate of Sokoto, Co-President, Religions for Peace, Nigeria
H.E. Metropolitan Emmanuel Adamakis Elder Metropolitan of Chalcedon
Cardinal Charles Maung Bo S.D.B., Archbishop of Yangon (Myanmar)
Ms. Emina Frljak Youth for Peace, Religions for PeaceInternational Youth Committee, Religions for Peace, Bosnia Herzegovina
Ms. Malka Izbitzki Israelite Tribune, Branch of the Central Committee of the Jewish Community of Mexico, Religions for Peace, Mexico
H.E. Archbishop Dr. Antje Jackelen Lutheran Archbishop of Uppsala, Co-President, Religions for Peace, Sweden
Rabbi Rick Jacobs President, Union for Reform Judaism, Honorary President, Religions for Peace, United States
The Venerable Phra Medhivajirodom UNHCR’s Patron for Compassion, Thailand
Rev. Kosho Niwano President Designate, Rissho Kosei Kai; Co Moderator, Religions for Peace, Japan
Grand-Father Dominique Rankin Algonquin Hereditary Grand Chief, Co President, Religions for Peace, Canada
Imam Sayed Razawi Director General/Chief Imam, Scottish Ahlulbayt Society, European Council of Religious Leaders ECRL RfP, United Kingdom
Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh Chairman, Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha, Co-President, Religions for Peace, United Kingdom
Prof. Dr. Said Aqil Siradj Chairman, Nahdlatul Ulama, Co-President, Religions for Peace, Indonesia
CH.H. Shri Shri Sugunendra Teertha Swamiji Abbot, Sri Puthige Matha Monastery, Co-President, Religions for Peace, India
Dr. Nayla Tabbara Co-Founder, Adyan Foundation, Co President, Religions for Peace, Lebanon
Ms. Nageeba Hassan Tegulwa National Coordinator Women’s Affairs Uganda Muslim Supreme Council, Uganda
H.E. Archbishop Buti Tlhagale first Metropolitan Archbishop, Johannesburg, South Africa
H.E. Bishop Elias Toumeh Greek Orthodox Bishop of Wadi Nasara , Religions for Peace, Syria
H.E. Pastor Henri Yé President, Inter Religious Council of Burkina Faso, Religions for Peace, Burkina Faso