Amity strengthens European partnerships

Amity's Secretary-General Qiu Zhonghui with faith leaders during a discussion at the Zug conference. (Photo: ARC)

From November 2 to November 3, Amity's General Secretary Qiu Zhonghui and Zheng Wei, director of Amity's African office visited Amity’s Swiss partner agencies and joined the International Conference 'Faith in Finance' in Zug.

Faith in Finance

Leaders from eight religions participated at the conference (Photo: ARC)

Participants of the conference, included more than 30 different faith traditions from eight religions, discussed the theme 'How to Use Faith-based Financial Investment To Better the World.' “It will enable faith groups to share information, experience, knowledge, research and resources to ensure they put their investments and assets into initiatives to help create a better world for all. This initiative is backed by the UN and by many traditions within the religions,” said Martin Palmer, Secretary General of the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC), which organized the meeting. Elliott Harris, Assistant Secretary-General of the UN environment program, emphasized the important role that faith-based organizations’ investments in sustainable development and environmental protection will play in achieving the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

The European Alliance of Partners in Europe

Xie Ying and Mr. Qiu meet with friends of the ENAP at Amity Foundation's international liaison office in Geneva

Afterwards, Mr. Qiu, Zheng Wei and Xie Ying, Executive Director of Amity's international liaison office in Geneva held a small group meeting of 'The European Alliance of Partners in Europe' (ENAP) to discuss a new working model for the future. ENAP is an international partner network established to support the work of the Amity Foundation 30 years ago. This past June, the thirtieth anniversary of the founding of ENAP was held in its birthplace, Hamburg. Although ENAP's working environment and cooperative support model has changed significantly from the past, it will continue to adhere to the principles of mutual respect and equal cooperation as to promote mutual trust, and mutually beneficial cooperation between China and Europe. The goal is to participate in global governance and to promote peace and development in the international community.

ACT Alliance and World Council of Churches

Subsequently, Qiu Zhonghui met with Isabel Phiri, Deputy Secretary General of the World Council of Christian Churches (WCC) and with Mr. Rudelmar Bueno de Faria, the new General Secretary of ACT Alliance. In his discussion with Isabel Phiri, Secretary-General Qiu expressed his hope strengthening and expanding cooperation with WCC to promote social services in the church. Rudelmar Faria, the new Director ACT Alliance emphasized that in the future, the Alliance will focus on areas of gender, climate change and development and work on the basis of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Secretary-General Qiu Zhonghui is speaking with Isabel Phiri, the Deputy Secretary General of the World Council of Christian Churches (right). Photo of Secretary-General Qiu Zhonghui and Xie Ying with ACT Alliance (left).