The Asia Pacific Faith-Based Coalition for Sustainable Development (APFC) convened its annual meeting on 11-12 November in Kathmandu, Nepal, hosted by Islamic Relief Worldwide. Hiro Sakurai, who has represented SGI as convener of the Coalition for the past year, chaired the two-day internal sessions, covering topics such as the review of APFC’s activities, plans for the next 2 years and the establishment of an APFC office with secretariat capacity. During the meeting, the role of convener–a one-year term taken on by a Coalition member– was passed on from SGI to Islamic Relief Worldwide.
On 13 November, APFC organized a public forum, with the support of Islamic Relief Nepal. Over 30 representatives from local faith-based organizations (FBOs), UN Development Programme and academia participated. On behalf of APFC, Sakurai shared the background and purpose of the APFC, followed by a presentation on the importance of collaboration with FBOs by the South Asia Initiative to End Violence against Children (SAIEVAC), and an open discussion.