Religion and Sustainable Development Chair
As of January 1st 2019, the Faculty of Religion and Theology of VU Amsterdam has established, in collaboration with development organizations ICCO and ACT Alliance, the Religion and Sustainable Development Chair. Prof. Dr Azza Karam, active for the United Nations (UN), will hold the chair for the next five years.
About Azza Karam
Prof. Dr Azza Karam is senior advisor for cultures at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA); and is Coordinator/Chair of the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Religion and Development. She taught at several universities and has worked for many years at various UN organizations at the intersection of culture, religion and development.
Azza Karam is widely known for her expertise in religion and development. She is delighted with this chair of international importance:
”It is strange that religion hasn’t played a part within these international sustainability goals, especially because more than 80% of the world population is religious. The fact that VU Amsterdam acknowledges this is a good start, mostly because religion does play a major role when it comes to gender issues, education, peacebuilding, but also poverty and climate change.”
The Inaugural Lecture Azza Karam (pdf).