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Diplomacy, Religion, and Resilience in Small Island Developing States
May 22 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Co-sponsored by Sister Cities International and American University’s Center for Latin American & Latino Studies
The role of religious actors as citizen diplomats in shaping public perceptions and priorities around resiliency and climate change is often overlooked, This forum focuses on the role of citizen diplomacy in climate issues for small island developing states (SIDS), particularly in the Caribbean, where citizens, community stakeholders and national policy makers work collectively to take up pressing concerns around economic livelihoods and sustainability. How do faith leaders and other religious actors contribute to established and new forms of subnational diplomacy among SIDS nations?
Building on a more than two-year program of research on “Religion and Climate Change in Regional Perspective” at American University, this forum addresses how religious actors identify resilience and climate as a basis of outreach and collaboration. Using a round table format, we will convene core participants from American University’s religion and climate change project along with select ambassadors from SIDS nations, to report on project outcomes with respect to resilience and climate change.