Religions for Peace Consultation at the High-level Event on the Millennium Development Goals
At the Religions for Peace Consultation at the High-level Event on the Millennium Development Goals, world religious leaders reiterated their support for global anti-poverty efforts. Religions for Peace Secretary General Dr. William F. Vendley challenged governments to build cooperative relationships with faith-based partners as they work to reach the Millennium Development Goals. In their final statement, religious leaders highlighted remaining challenges such as rising food prices, underfunded health and education programs, and decreasing official development assistance. They went on to remind political leaders of the important role faith traditions can play in eradicating poverty and advocating peace. Notable participants included Andrew Steer (Department for International Development, United Kingdom), Katherine Marshall (Georgetown University/World Bank), and Archbishop John O. Onaiyekan (Archdiocese of Abuja).