Document Type


Presentation Date


Conference Name

2016 G20 Interfaith Summit

Conference Location

Beijing, China


Sherrie Steiner presented “Setting and Preserving Social Standards in Uncertain Times: F8/F7/F20 Contributions to the G20 Mandate.” She began by talking about the importance of recognizing various types of secularization processes that appropriately and variously separate church and state relations within national contexts where nation states have official legal jurisdiction. The same cannot be said, however, for transnational settings where global social problems must be governed without corresponding global government structures. Any attempt by a nation to address transnational or global social problems is legitimately sanctioned by other nations for engaging in extraterritorial behavior. How then are global social problems to be governed if the international community is to avoid the tragedy of the global commons? How do we facilitate the ability of nation states to collectively accept responsibility for addressing social problems that go beyond their legal jurisdiction without resorting to a Leviathan solution? This is where the contributions of interfaith dialogue to civil society relations with the G-plus systems becomes particularly salient. Nations are not the exclusive bearers of civilized values. Religions bring an important perspective. The remainder of the paper presented a case study of the F8/F7/F20 Initiative, an interfaith network contributing to governance through dialogue with the G8/G7/G20 system. Aspects of the process were detailed from 2005 through 2016. The F8/F7/F20 Initiative was analyzed for its distinctive contributions to international relations.



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