THE ROLE OF RELIGIOUS OR BELIEF ACTORS IN COMBATING THE Covid-19 PANDEMIC, STRENGTHENING HUMAN SECURITY AND IMPLICATIONS FOR THE FUTURE
The COVID-19 pandemic has unsettled the world, bringing in its wake immense suffering and upheaval to millions and forcing a dramatic change in the day-to-day lives of individuals and communities. It represents a direct, immediate and substantial global threat to human security and well-being.
The efforts of religious or belief leaders, often in conjunction with civic society, are making an important contribution in the context of this evolving health crisis. This includes sharing and reinforcing the advice of health authorities and counteracting rumour and misinformation about the virus. Furthermore, religious or belief leaders can play a vital role in responding to need by assisting the most vulnerable members of societies and promoting a much-needed sense of solidarity, shared identity, hope and humanity. The current crisis risks pre-existing rising nationalist tendencies, xenophobia and division being exasperated, a context in which religious actors can play a key role.
75 MINUTE WEBINAR
24.06.20 3PM CET
RELIGION AND SOCIETY IN THE AGE OF COVID-19:
Please register in advance via the link above. You will be emailed a link and details for how to join the webinar.
This webinar, organised by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and the European Council of Religious Leaders, will provide an opportunity to take stock of the response of religious or belief leaders and communities in the OSCE region to the pandemic. It will showcase good practices, and discuss some of the lessons learned about the role and contribution of these strategic actors at this unsettling and uncertain time.