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Foundation president speaks in U.N., Italy, Brazil, Canada, Finland & Russia (and the U.S.)

10 Mar, 2014
Geneva, Switzerland: March 10 – Brian Grim, president of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, will speak during the opening days of the U.N. Human Rights Council.


In Geneva, Grim will discuss the rising tide of religious restrictions and hostilities that have swept the world during the past decade and the socio-economic impact of this global crisis. The meeting is organized by the International Development Law Organization (IDLO). Other speakers include Ambassador Maurizio Enrico Luigi Serra (Italy); U.N. Special Rapporteurs Rita Izsák and Dr. Heiner Bielefeldt; Prof. Silvio Ferrari, University of Milan; Dr. Lyal Sunga and Irene Khan, Director-General, IDLO.


Milan, Italy: March 11-13 – Foundation President Grim will meet at Milan University to continue planning for the Foundation’s 2015 Business, Faith & Freedom Global Forum to be held during the World Expo.


Brasilia, Brazil: March 16-20 – Grim will continue planning for the Foundation’s 2016 Religious Freedom & Business Global Awards. Brazil’s Vice President Temer invited Grim to be part of the country’s religious freedom & diversity planning for the upcoming 2014 World Cup, and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The Global Awards will take place in Rio, recognizing companies around the world with excellent initiatives to advance religious freedom in the workplace, society or the world at large.


Washington, DC: March 24 – Grim will speak at a high level forum titled “Everybody’s Business: The Legal, Economic, and Political Implications of Religious Freedom,” organized by Georgetown University. Other speakers include Ken Starr, Baylor University, and Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Law School.


Ottawa, Canada: March 25 – Grim will deliver a plenary address to the annual meeting of the Religious Liberty Partnership, which brings together leaders of religious freedom organizations worldwide to discuss latest trends and strategies. He will also meet with Canadian government officials interested in how business can advance religious freedom.


New York, NY: April 2 – Grim will speak on his latest research on how the rising tide of religious restrictions impacts societies and economies as part of the Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series. The series engages religious and congregational leaders, scholars, and thinkers from across the country in cross-denominational conversations on global issues. This call would be on the record, and available afterwards on the website. For more information see:

Upcoming events in Finland, Russia, the U.K. and Australia. Stay tuned …





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