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April 29th 2013:Faith, International Development, and the United Nations

Communities of faith have long played an important role in the implementation of development programs administered by the United Nations and its respective agencies in developing countries. The majority of the world's peoples are adherents to a faith tradition, so faith-based organizations are important potential partners. Within the past several years, the United Nations has made major shifts in acknowledging partnerships with faith communities which include the creation of the International Recognition of Day of Vesak, the Tripartite Forum on Interfaith Cooperation for Peace, Alliance of Civ

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Azza Karam, Ph.D.

Azza Karam, Ph.D., as Senior Advisor on Social-Culture Development at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), manages global activities on social determinants of development, interfaith networking, and coordinates an Inter-Agency Task Force on Faith-Based Engagement. She was Senior Policy Advisor in the Bureau for Arab States at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP); President of the United Nations Committee of Religious NGOs; Senior Program Officer at the International Institute on Democracy and Electoral Assistance; and founded the first Global Women of Faith Network (Religions for Peace). She managed global developmental programs throughout the world, taught at many universiti
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