UNGA: Promoting the Freedom of Religion or Belief

Thursday 21 September 2017 at 8 – 9:45 AM at The International Peace Institute.

*You must register to attend this event.*

The International Peace Institute (IPI) and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs are pleased to invite you to the tenth annual Trygve Lie Symposium on «Promoting the Freedom of Religion or Belief».

When: Thursday, September 21, 2017, 8:00–9:45am
Where: Trygve Lie Center for Peace, Security & Development, International Peace Institute, 777 United Nations Plaza, 12th Floor, Corner of 1st Avenue and 44th Street.

Welcoming remarks:

  • Ambassador Terje Rød-Larsen, President of the International Peace Institute


  • H.E. Mr. Børge Brende, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Norway
  • H.E. Ms. Retno Marsudi, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia
  • H.E. Mr. Salaheddine Mezouar, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Morocco
  • Mr. Mark Lattimer, Minority Rights Group

Brief interventions will be given by other high-level officials before the beginning of the question and answer period.

As we are approaching the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it is important to reflect on the progress made in protecting human rights and the challenges that remain. This year’s Tryge Lie Symposium will specifically look at Article 18 of the declaration, which focuses on the freedom of religion or belief.

Faith-based movements can often provide opportunities for people to organize at the grassroots-level and can make important contributions to both democratization processes and poverty reduction. In many instances, this potential is not utilized to its fullest, and many states try to restrict civil society and their influence by reducing and limiting freedom of religion or belief.

At this year’s Trygve Lie Symposium, we will discuss ways the international community can work together to protect, respect, and uphold these freedoms. The symposium aims to share best practices and contribute to a constructive discourse to build inclusive and diverse societies.

The audience at the event will include UN and government officials, experts, and representatives of media, and civil society. We hope you will join us for this timely discussion.

Administrative Note:

Because of the strict security relating to the opening of the United Nations General Assembly, you will need to arrive by 8:00am and bring a photo ID, as well as a copy of this invitation to enter the building.  

  • Please note that you must register for the event prior to September 21st in order to attend.
  • Due to space constraints, we can only accept the first 100 positive responses.

For questions, contact: Beatrice Agyarkoh, agyarkoh@ipinst.org or 212-225-9628

*You must register to attend this event.*

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