At United Nations General Assembly Meetings, United States Launches Global Call to Protect Religious Freedom, Sites, and Relics
September 23, 2019
As world leaders again converged in New York for the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the United States highlighted threats to the world’s religions and launched an international campaign to fight back, pledging $25 million to safeguard religious freedom, sites, and relics.
The “Global Call to Protect Religious Freedom” took place Monday, September 23rd at the United Nations headquarters in New York. President Donald J. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — joined by UN Secretary-General António Guterres and others — spoke to a packed conference room that included U.S. cabinet leaders, as well as heads of state, foreign ministers, and other diplomats from around the world. The high-level attendance from the U.N and U.S. government demonstrates the priority that both are placing on this issue. AC Chair and Founder Deborah Lehr and Executive Director Tess Davis were among those in attendance, in recognition of the important role that cultural preservation plays in the broader mission of ensuring religious freedom.