Prioritizing Vulnerable Communities in Global Finance

A Conversation on Ethical Imperatives to Guide the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and G20

April 6, 2023
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EDT
Location: Online Zoom Webinar

When leading global financiers converge on Washington, DC, for the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, a host of practical and ethical issues will compete for priority, each a part of the polycrisis that confronts us. The 2023 agenda for the G20 leaders will be an integral part of the discussions. Global religious communities play important roles and have significant stakes in the outcomes, though what those roles are and how they are engaged is often unclear. Among the leading issues are care and concern for the most vulnerable: giving meaning to the call for a "preferential option for the poor" (a phrase used by Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudato Si'), and translating intentions on addressing climate change into practical action. This webinar previewed how these issues may affect the G20 agenda, especially as they related to ethical imperatives and the actual and potential roles that religious communities play in responding to global crises.

This event was co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, the G20 Interfaith Forum, and Jubilee USA Network.

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