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The role of religious leaders in addressing the multiples challenges of COVID-19
12 May 2020 -  The Conference consisted of an opening Session by the Secretary General, the President of the General Assembly and the Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Morocco. It was followed by interventions from eminent Religious Leaders of the three monotheistic religions, as well as from the high representatives of UNAOC and UNSAPG, and interactive discussion with Member States.

This conference touched upon the following questions:
How can Religious Leaders play an active role to relay the multidimensional calls of the SG to tackle the severe and global consequences of COVID-19?
What kind of spiritual interconnections of global dimension can Religious Leaders integrate in global efforts, in response to the complex challenges during this period of pandemic?
How can they preserve the multilateral mobilization and the unity momentum amid COVID-19, in order to build the foundations of a better, solidary and resilient world in the post COVID-19 era?

OPENING SESSION:
H.E. Mr. Omar HILALE, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United Nations (Moderator)
H.E. Mr. António GUTERRES, Secretary-General of the United Nations
H.E. Mr. Tijjani Muhammad BANDE, President of the General Assembly

HIGH LEVEL PANEL INTERVENTIONS:
His Eminence, Cardinal Miguel Ángel AYUSO GUIXOT, Bishop of the Catholic Church, President of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, from the Holy See, Rome
Rabbi Arthur SCHNEIER, Senior Rabbi of New York City’s Park East Synagogue, Founder and President of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation
Mr. Ahmed ABBADI, Secretary General of the Rabita Mohammadia of Oulémas of the Kingdom of Morocco, from Rabat
H.E. Mr. Miguel Ángel MORATINOS, High Representative of the UNAoC
H.E. Mr. Adama DIENG, UN Secretary-General’s Special Advisor for the Prevention of Genocide

INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION:
Remarks/Questions by UN Member States

CLOSING REMARKS:
H.E. Mr. Omar HILALE, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United Nations.