The African Union Commission’s Directorate of Citizens and Diaspora Organizations (AUC-CIDO) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) have jointly launched the iDove pilot project, using innovative youth-led approaches to highlight the soft power of religion in Preventing violence extremism (PVE).
JLI Partner Soka Gakkai International (SGI) convened two events at the recent UN Civil Society Conference.
The Power of Faith Actors to Promote Resilient Cities & Communities
Moderated by Nobuyuki Asai, Director for Humanitarian Affairs and Sustainable Development, Office of Peace and Global Issues.
Vanessa Pizer, Senior International Program Officer, Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD), ERD partner ecare’s work in the Philippines.
Jason Alfonse Fileta, Vice President, Tearfund USA, Tearfund’s garbage project in Pakistan and Rubbish advocacy campaign in the UK.
Bruce Knotts, Director, Unitarian Universalist (UU) UN Office, UU’s humanitarian activities.
Vanessa Pizer described disaster relief and recovery using an asset-based approach in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan. The development arm of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines, ecare, uses a“R2G” (Receivers to Givers) model, designed to develop dignity and generate hope and empowerment.
Jason Fileta outlined Tearfund’s work supporting Haryali garbage collectors in Karachi which lessens the burning of toxic material and increases recycling, and the Rubbish advocacy campaign in the UK to push major companies to reduce the production of plastic bottles.
Bruce Knotts described UU initiatives including support to orphaned children in Ghana through the Queen Mothers, assistance for LGBT asylum seekers, and the “No More Deaths” program where volunteers leave water in the desert for people crossing the border into the USA.
The Q and A session considered what added value faith groups bring. The speakers stressed that faith groups have been involved in support to the vulnerable in societies since long before NGOs appeared, that their contributions are longer-term and linked to human qualities such as dignity and hope. Also, advocacy linked to religious beliefs outlasts other forms. Nobuyuki Asai also described the contributions of FBOs in Japan including Soka Gakkai following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster.
Post-session action will be to continue to share lessons learnt and experiences of success through such exchanges between different faith actors and through the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities (JLI) that was a co-organizer of this workshop.
Amazon Frontline Report: Challenges and Partnerships for Sustainability in Manaus, Brazil’s Amazonas State
Joan Anderson, Senior Coordinator for Peace and Global Issues, Soka Gakkai International moderated the session
Tais Tiyoko Tokusato, Environmental Education Programs Coordinator at the Soka Institute for Environmental Studies and Research of the Amazon, environmental education programs and reforestation project
Cintia Okamura, PhD, a community participation expert from the Environmental Agency of the State of São Paulo, sustainable community projects
Denise Machado Duran Gutierrez, PhD, Social Technology Coordinator at the National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA), developing social technologies with local people
Panelists spoke of the challenges and successes of their grassroots efforts in Manaus City and gave examples of partnerships developed to help carry out the work in their communities. All the case studies presented effective partnerships which can be linked to SDG 17. Tais spoke of the Institute’s environmental education programs with the community and reforestation projects, stressing that partnerships have been the key to their success. There was a short video message by Adalberto Carim Antonio, Chief Judge of Specialized Court of Environment and Agrarian Issues of Amazonas who highlighted Soka Institute’s “Seeds of Life” reforestation project in Manaus, and the night school where environmental criminals are exposed to environmental education to positive effect. Dr. Okamura explained the process of developing a sustainable project in Aleixo Lake by bringing its residents, companies and government institutions together in partnership to find solutions. Dr. Gutierrez introduced three concrete examples of social technologies, which integrates scientific knowledge with traditional knowledge, created with local people in the Amazon region.
Communities of Faith Breakfast: Building Partnerships for a One-Community Response to HIV-innovative approaches and joint actions through faith partnerships to achieve epidemic control: finding the missing men and seeking justice for children.
The breakfast in in conjunction with the 2019 United Nations General Assembly High Level Segment. It will be a unique opportunity to strengthen old relationships and to forge new partnerships between faiths and other sectors to address key gaps toward achieving HIV epidemic control and ensuring justice for children. Participants will be leaders from the religious, political, civil society, and business communities.
This event is organized by Faith Partners collaborating with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
Faith-inspired and faith-sensitive work can be an underlying link between the SDGs and we plan to clearly show how our work and networks are already supporting the 2030 agenda effectively, while outlining clearly how further integration and partnership development can accelerate progress through SDG 17.
Why faith actors are critical to achieving the 2030 Agenda Side Event 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Organized by Islamic Relief Worldwide, with support from PaRD
By coming together at the SDG Action Zone, timed to coincide with the 74th United Nations General Assembly, the panel discussion will show how faith actors can support the global development agenda, and the UN, to deliver results, despite ever shrinking resources.
Join the panel to hear about how religion should no longer be used as a cover for persistent inequalities but must become a powerful tool to combat the underlying causes of inequality such as health disparity, gender injustice, refugee protection, conflict prevention and climate justice. JLI President Jean Duff will speak on the Panel about SDG Goal 13 Climate Action: The ability of faith to motivate people and change behaviour.
At the end of August, JLI was appointed to the Multi-Faith Advisory Council. JLI joins others to provide strategic advice to the UN Interagency Task Force in order to strengthen collaboration and engagement with faith-based entities, and to focus on the representation of religion in building and sustaining peace.
The UN Interagency Taskforce began in 2010 to provide more systematic knowledge and increase staff capacity concerning faith-based engagement in sustainable development with the United Nations.
The Council’s membership includes representatives of faith-based or faith-inspired organizations on the grassroots level, the national level, and the international level. They shared their recommendations and discussed foreseen challenges in the context of how the Council’s collective efforts can be streamlined to contribute to the achievement of Agenda 2030.
The Advisory Council has played a pivotal role in the Kofi Annan Briefings. The 2019 report will be available soon. See here for the 2018 report.
JLI’s partner Tearfund has a new position available.
As part of Tearfund’s ongoing commitment to improve diversity and inclusion across their work, Tearfund is looking to hire an experienced Gender and Inclusion Specialist to support our programmatic and advocacy team with mainstreaming gender and inclusion.
Discussion included questions on what’s in it for Faith Leaders to open this so-called ‘can of worms’. This is important in a collectivist society like India, where many such issues are hushed up rather than openly discussed? Working with communities to look at harmful practices and find alternatives together.
Need for more research with LGBT children/youth experiencing bullying, violence, sexual violence and suicide
See the full Scoping Study above for resources on “unlearning” violence (ie support to parents, training for teachers, etc.) religious beliefs and cultural beliefs and norms and scripture & corporal punishment
Hundreds of thousands of people have been seeking refuge in Europe in the last years. Very often, services have been provided for refugees but often they were not asked how they can fit in the new society that they are surrounded with. With the use of dialogue in the context of social inclusion of migrants and refugees in Europe, new opportunities can arise. This webinar clarifies what is dialogue in the first place, how it can be used in ones work and how dialogical approaches could be improved in their daily work. Therefore, this online webinar aims to provide new ideas on what dialogue can contribute to the field of social inclusion and how it can be incorporated in the work with migrants and refugees in Europe.
Speakers: Prof. Dr. Mohammed Abu-Nimer, Senior Advisor to KAICIID and a professor at the School of International Service at American University
Moderator: Johannes Langer, Programme Manager for the Programme for the Social Inclusion of People Seeking Refuge in Europe
900 religious leaders, representing diverse faith communities from 120 countries, gathered to discuss key themes including: preventing and transforming violent conflicts, promoting just and harmonious societies, advancing sustainable and integral human development and protecting the earth.
RFP Trustees, in an inspired move, elected Azza Karam of UNFPA and the UN Interagency Task Force on Faith and Development to replace Bill Vendley, longtime Secretary General and servant of peace.
The German government provided extraordinary support to the World Assembly, making it possible for faith leaders to attend from around the world. The Assembly was honored to hear a major address by German President Steinmeier affirming the important role of religions in making and keeping peace. The Assembly was called to action by other global leaders including Sheikh Bin Bayah, Patriarch Bartholemew, Rabbi David Rosen, Sheikh Mubaje, Hon. Mehrezia Labidi-Maiza, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, Ela Ghandi, Dr Vinu Aram and Dr. Jeff Sachs.
The Summit on ICPD25 is about renewing and reinvigorating the global commitment to the “full and accelerated” implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action, within the overall context of Agenda 2030 and the SDGs, to ensure that no one is left behind. The Summit is the culmination of an elaborate process of consultations, within and among different constituencies, reaching deep into the grassroots levels to capture the views of the most marginalized, the most forgotten, aimed at advancing the ICPD agenda in order to finish the unfinished business.
Five specific themes, pertaining to the unfinished business of ICPD:
Universal SRHR in the context of UHC;
Creating financing momentum;
Demographic diversity and sustainable development;
GBV and harmful practices against women and girls;
SRHR in humanitarian and fragile contexts.
This page will be updated as side events are developed.