An official website of the United States government

Official websites use .gov

A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS

A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Government Action

  • On July 18, senior government and international organization representatives participated in plenary sessions focused on: identifying global challenges to religious freedom; developing innovative responses to persecution on the basis of religion; and sharing new commitments to protect religious freedom for all.

  • Invitations were extended to likeminded governments that have a demonstrated record of advancing religious freedom and are committed to promoting Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, or governments that have taken significant and meaningful steps to do so. Survivors or close relatives of those who suffered persecution due to their religion or beliefs shared their stories. Government delegations were encouraged to announce new actions and commitments they will take to protect and promote freedom of religion or belief.

Keynote Address and Opening Plenary

8:55 – 9:10 am Keynote Address and Call to Action by Secretary Pompeo
9:10 – 10:40 am Opening Plenary Session of the Ministerial

Address by Vice President of the United States and Plenary

10:40 – 11:05 am Address by Vice President of the United States Michael R. Pence
11:05 – 12:45 pm Plenary Session of the Ministerial

Lunch Session

1:00 – 2:15 pm Lunch for the Heads of Delegation
Opening Remarks by White House Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and Remarks by Pastor Andrew Brunson

Afternoon Session and Closing Remarks

2:30 – 4:50 pm Afternoon Plenary Session of the Ministerial
4:50 – 5:00 pm Concluding Remarks by Ambassador at Large Sam Brownback

Closing Press Conference with Ambassador Brownback

Closing Press Conference with Ambassador Brownback 

U.S. Department of State

The Lessons of 1989: Freedom and Our Future