Pacific Theological College (PTC) successfully hosted the inaugural G20 Interfaith Summit: Pacific Regional Preconference from 2-4 May, 2016. The summit started on Monday 2nd with a welcome ceremony and dinner hosted by PTC and progressed on to Tuesday 3rd at the Jovili Meo Mission Centre for the actual summit. Deliberations focused on the four selected United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: SDG 4 (Quality Education), SDG 8 (Economic Growth), SDG 13 (Climate Action), and SDG 16 (Peace and Justice). The aim was to affirm the importance of religious and spiritual dimensions with a specific Pacific focus in addressing sustainable development in the region. The summit attracted many faith leaders, faith communities, government officials, NGOs and civil societies, and academics from Fiji, Samoa, Australia, Aotearoa NZ, Kiribati, Nauru, Rotuma, and Tonga. It successfully concluded with a bold statement with recommendations from the Pacific to the G20 Interfaith Summit in China in September and to the G20 Nations as well as all members of the United Nations.
On behalf of the organizers Dr. Brian Adams and Prof. Paul Morris, I would like to acknowledge the tremendous support of the Principal, Rev. Prof. Feleterika Nokise and the PTC community in hosting this summit. Vinaka Vakalevu!
Upolu Luma Vaai