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In 1998, Jim Wolfensohn, President of the World Bank and then-Archbishop of Canterbury George L. Carey, began an exploratory effort to strengthen dialogue and understanding between the worlds of faith and development. Centered around issues of poverty alleviation and social justice, periodic Leaders Meetings have been convened. This book reports on the most recent meeting, in Canterbury, England in October 2002, hosted by Jim Wolfensohn and George Carey. This meeting gathered together an impressive group of leaders from the world’s faith communities, key development organizations, and from the worlds of entertainment, philanthropy and the private sector. Couched within the Millennium Development Goals, recurrent themes were poverty, HIV/AIDS, gender, conflict, social justice. Participants spoke to the dual dimensions of globalization and its differential impact on rich and poor countries. Taken together, poverty, HIV/AIDS, conflict, gender concerns, international trade and global politics bind the world’s countries and peoples into a global community, underscoring the urgency of shared responsibility and partnership. As one speaker noted, the world is at a crossroads, “a turning point for humanity.” The conclusion stemming from these deliberations was more needs to be done to translate into practical reality the great potential which lies in closer collaboration between the worlds of faith and development in confronting major development issues.

Publisher: World Bank

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