Insights and Perspectives

Press Release and Recording of Press Conference: 1st Assembly on Women, Faith, and Diplomacy, Religions for Peace

From November 10 to 13, the first international Assembly specifically on women, faith and diplomacy, was hosted from Lindau, Germany. Over 1,000 representatives of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and other religions met virtually to discuss new forms of policymaking, with a focus on women and diplomacy. Organised by Religions for Peace along with the Foundation for the Peace Dialogue of World Religions and Civil Society (Ring for Peace) the assembly showcased, through testimonies and expert interviews, new ways to promote interreligious dialogue in difficult times and on several fronts: peacebuilding and terrorism, environment, leadership, hate speech, migrants, and gender violence. The conference began with opening remarks from the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UN Secretary General António Guterres. All video streams of the conference can be watched here.

A Call to Action: Interfaith Forum Recommendations for the G20 Summit

This report contains the recommendations of the 2020 G20 Interfaith Forum which were presented to the G20 Leaders' Summit in Saudi Arabia. These recommendations were gathered over a period of six months, from June-October 2020, based on the collaborative work of hundreds of religious leaders, policymakers, youth and experts from faith-based and multilateral organizations, academic institutions, and civil society. The report focuses on how religiously-linked and religiously-motivated organizations and networks can contribute to achieving the policy agendas of the G20 process, with a particular focus on addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, advancing peace, fostering common action to protect the planet and empowering people through development agendas that promote education, oppose corruption, empower women and reduce structural inequality and racism.

International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development: Podcast at Geneva Peace Week

For the first time, all of the four work-streams of the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD) have developed together a common podcast, discussing religious actors and COVID-19 at Geneva Peace Week 2020. Co-leads and group members from various work-streams have worked on a podcast reflecting local voices from different faith backgrounds and geographical areas. The podcast is titled “Identifying Funding and Resource Gaps with COVID-19 in the Field: A Religious Actors Perspective on Health, Gender, Environment and Peace.” The 40-minute podcast includes different voices from various local and international religious actors from India, United Kingdom, Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar and Thailand on the challenges they faced with COVID-19 within their communities.

World Bank: 2020 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals

The Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2020 presents interactive storytelling and data visualizations about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. It highlights trends for selected targets within each goal and introduces concepts about how some SDGs are measured. Where data is available, it also highlights the emerging impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the SDGs.

United Nations Environment Program: Guidelines on Green Houses of Worship

The building sector alone is responsible for 40% of the annual energy consumption and nearly 30% of all energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emission. There have been some attempts to count how many houses of worship for each of the religions currently exist, but no credible study could give precise numbers. Some resources indicate that there are around 37 million churches, 4 million mosques, 20 thousand synagogues and hundreds of millions of temples. These houses of worship can become minarets of sustainability and examples of how religious beliefs demonstrate the concept of stewardship and human responsibility towards the environment, in the same symbol of the religion, i.e. the house of worship. It is for this reason this publication has been developed to showcase some successful examples from religions around the world on their greening efforts of their houses of worship.

Humboldt University: Policy brief – Religious Leaders’ Perspectives on Corona – Preliminary Findings

The Research Programme on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development of Humboldt University Berlin has published preliminary findings of its survey on Religious Leaders’ Perspectives on Corona. It is the first survey comprehensively exploring the development and relief efforts of religious leaders worldwide as well as their social and theological views on the pandemic. Religious leaders see their communities suffering primarily from the economic challenges caused by government restrictions to curb the spread of the virus. Nonetheless, religious leaders overwhelmingly support the preventive measures introduced by their governments. Consequently, they use their influence to reinforce the importance of adherence to the preventive measures. In regions where governments’ handling of the pandemic is less efficient, the demand on religious leaders to fill the void is high. Concerning the post-pandemic world, religious leaders see it as imperative to “build back better” by advancing social justice, economic equity, ecological sustainability and international cooperation.

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Faith and existing belief systems do not receive enough attention in global development cooperation despite the fact that human development is inseparably interwoven with worldviews. Development is taking place in all societies and cultures which are deeply influenced by religions. At the same time, faith-based organizations are among the oldest and most influential actors in global and local development cooperation. The Faith in Development Monitor (1) illustrates the relevance of religion for international development cooperation, (2) increases religious literacy among practitioners and policymakers, and (3) comprehensively explains current developments in the field of "religion and development". We encourage readers and recipients to engage in dialogue with faith-based organizations.

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