Audrey E. Kitagawa, J.D.

President and Founder

"In the seemingly ordinariness of daily living is the power of transformation. Individual transformation arises out of awareness, and a willingness to change to become a better person right where we are. We each have personal responsibility and collective responsibility to make positive changes here and now."

Background

The G20 Interfaith Forum builds on the vital roles that religious institutions and beliefs play in world affairs, reflecting the rich diversity of institutions, ideas, and values. The Forum includes international opinion leaders and global interfaith activists, and showcases the broad, global impact of faith traditions and philosophies from around the world. The IF20 Working Groups focus on areas of relevance throughout the year and produce annual Policy Briefs for consideration by the G20.

Content

June 7, 2022

FIDELA, The Second Interreligious Forum of the Americas

Background

Audrey E. Kitagawa, JD, is the President/Founder of the International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation, the President of the Light of Awareness International Spiritual Family, the former Advisor to the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict at the United Nations.

She is a United Nations Representative for the United Religions Initiative, and Chair Emerita of the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns, A Committee of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations. She has been enstooled into the royal family as the Nekoso Hemaa, (i.e. Queen Mother of Development), of Ajiyamanti in Ghana, West Africa, and has a school which she helped to build named after her in her African name, the Nana Ode Anyankobea Junior Secondary School.

She wrote the chapter, Crossing World Views, The Power of Perspective in the Hawaii Japanese American Experience, which was published in a book about multiculturalism, communication and Asian women entitled, Learning In The Light. Her chapter, Globalization As The Fuel For Religious And Ethnic Conflict has been published in the book, Globalization And Identity, Cultural Diversity, Religion and Citizenship. Her article, The Role Of Identity In The Rise And Decline of Buddhism In Hawaii, The 50th State Of The United States Of America, has been published in Sambodhi, a Buddhist Journal. She published articles in World Affairs The Journal Of International Issues, entitled, The Power of Om: Transformation of Consciousness, and Practical Spirituality. She wrote the chapter, The US In Foreign Affairs: Source of Global Security, Or Source of Global Fear? in the book, America & The World The Double Bind. She is currently writing a chapter on Space Ethics for a legal, academic book on Space Law.

She has been listed in Who's Who Of American Law, Who's Who Of American Women, Who's Who In America, Who's Who In The World, and Prominent People of Hawaii. She is the recipient of the Medal “Pride of Eurasia” and a Diploma from the Republic of Kazakhstan Ministry of Education and Science L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University for her outstanding contribution to the development of spiritual culture and education in Eurasia. She is the recipient of the Spirit of the UN Award which is given to outstanding individuals who have demonstrated the vision and spirit of the United Nations as expressed through the UN Charter, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She was conferred an Honorary Interfaith Minister degree by the New Seminary.

G20 Interfaith Forum

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Biography

The G20 Interfaith Forum builds on the vital roles that religious institutions and beliefs play in world affairs, reflecting the rich diversity of institutions, ideas, and values. The Forum includes international opinion leaders and global interfaith activists, and showcases the broad, global impact of faith traditions and philosophies from around the world. The IF20 Working Groups focus on areas of relevance throughout the year and produce annual Policy Briefs for consideration by the G20.

Content

August 12, 2022

August 12, 2022 Newsletter

August 1, 2022

August 2022 Newsletter

July 1, 2022

July 2022 Newsletter

June 27, 2022

What the Pope's Visit to Canada Means for Indigenous Residential School Survivors

June 21, 2022

IF20: European Policy Conversations of Religion and Sustainable Development

June 16, 2022

Islamophobia - Blog

June 7, 2022

FIDELA, The Second Interreligious Forum of the Americas

May 19, 2022

Multicultural Perspectives On The Forefront Of Global Issues

May 9, 2022

Antisemitism

March 24, 2022

Education for Assimilation: The Lasting Consequences of Indian Boarding Schools in Canada and the United States

January 20, 2022

Racism in the Media - Manufacturing Hate Summary

January 20, 2022

Racism In The Media — Manufacturing Hate

September 14, 2021

G20 Interfaith Forum 2021 - Gender Equality: Religious Denial and Religious Support

September 13, 2021

G20 Interfaith Forum 2021 - Racism: Religious Leadership Towards Reconciliation

August 30, 2021

Black Lives Matter: Structural Racism, Bigotry, and Inclusion: Post Event Summary

August 26, 2021

Black Lives Matter: Structural Racism, Bigotry; and Inclusion

August 14, 2021

PRESS RELEASE: Prominent Religious Leaders and Women’s Rights Advocates Discuss Scriptures' Influence on Gender Equality

July 30, 2021

Policy, Gender, and Religion: Their Intersectionality: Summary from the G20 IFF Gender Equality Episode 2

July 27, 2021

Gender Equality Episode 2: Intersectionality of Policy, Gender, and Religion

June 10, 2021

G20 Interfaith Forum Anti-Racism Initiative “Responses to Anti-Asian Hate Crimes”

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