“Welcome to Bali, the land of Hindus, in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country”

“Even before I came to this meeting, I was anticipating that [the R20] was going to be a landmark event for one reason: it represented an acknowledgment on the part of the G20 that religion is a factor that can’t be ignored in geopolitical policy and planning.”
~ Professor Mary Ann Glendon, Harvard University

H.E. Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia, addresses the opening session of the R20 Summit

JAKARTA, Indonesia and WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina / 7 March 2023 — The permanent secretariat of the G20 Religion Forum (R20) has released the first of two films documenting the inaugural R20 Summit — which was held from 2 – 3 November 2022 on the tropical island of Bali — and a subsequent R20 planning conference convened in the heartland of Javanese civilization. An official G20 Main Event, the R20 Summit gathered more than 400 religious, political, economic, and thought leaders from around the world to “help ensure that religion functions as a genuine and dynamic source of solutions, rather than problems, in the 21st century.”

The world’s largest Muslim organization, Nahdlatul Ulama, established the R20 in conjunction with Indonesia’s Presidency of the G20 — marking the first time the intergovernmental body has officially recognized religion as a “main event” of the Group of Twenty (G20) forum.

Independent, self-organizing, and free of government control, Nahdlatul Ulama created the R20 in order to “infuse the world’s social, political, and economic power structures with moral and spiritual values.”

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