The Fourth International Parliamentarians Conference on the Promotion of Freedom of Religion or Belief has kicked off on Tuesday 2nd May 2023 in Nairobi.
The Conference, organised by Konrad Adenauer – Stiftung, The international panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief is aimed at equipping legislators to respond to new challenges and trends in the field of freedom of religion or belief globally.
The Conference theme is leave no one behind: The role of Freedom of Religion or Belief in advancing Human Flourishing and Just societies.
The Nairobi Edition is part of a global conference series that took place in Singapore (2019), Berlin (2016) and New York (2015). It has brought together parliamentarians and high ranking dignitaries from all over the world.
The Conference theme, Leave no one Behind, is the central, transformative promise of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable development and it’s Sustainable development Goals (SDG). It represents the unequivocal commitment of all UN member states to eradicate poverty in all its forms , end discrimination and exclusion, and reduce the inequalities and vulnerabilities that leave people behind and undermine the potential of individuals and humanity.
“Parliamentarians have a crucial role in putting forward, reviewing and adopting legislation that advances the protection of human rights and freedom of religion or belief and repeal laws that fall short of international human rights standards. I warmly welcome the contributions of Parliamentarians in understanding the religious and belief diversity of their constituents and standing up for their human rights, including their right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion,” stated Dr. Nazila Ghanea about the importance of the Global Conference in engaging Parliamentarians with human rights.