Date(s) - 24/07/2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Hosted by:

The World Council of Churches & Ecumenical United Nations Office and DiPaz Colombia
Location: Church of the Covenant , 310 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017
Join the Ecumenical United Nations Office for a strategy session and briefing with the World Council of Churches and Ms. Jenny Neme and other representatives of DiPaz (Dialogo Interclesial por la Paz) to discuss the threats, challenges, and opportunities for the full implementation of the peace agreement in Colombia, particularly in light of the current political climate.
Audience: This is intended for faith – based and civil society partners who are looking to explore strategic advocacy opportunities in the current landscape.
Ms. Jenny Neme
Vice president of the Mennonite Church in Colombia, Coordinator of DIPAZ ( Inter -church Dialogue for Peace), member of REDPRODEPAZ (Coalition against the involvement of children in armed conflict), member of the Peace Commission of the World Mennonite Congress
Simultaneous interpretation Spanish -English-Spanish will be provided

Date(s) - 27/08/2018 - 29/08/2018
All Day

International Institute of Social Studies


Submitted by Tara Gingerich
In theme Changing Actors, Views and Challenges from Below

The aim of the local humanitarian leadership (LHL) movement is to shift power and resources to governments and civil society in crisis-affected countries so they are able to take the lead in emergencies. Crucial to improving the effectiveness of locally and internationally led efforts is the expansion and recognition of women’s leadership in local humanitarian spaces. Women and girls experience heightened vulnerability in emergencies, but often their leadership, knowledge, and skills are not recognized and their gender-specific needs are not adequately addressed. Advocating for and supporting women and women’s organizations to play key leadership roles in humanitarian settings—helping them find the strength, voice, and space they need—must be an overarching goal of the LHL agenda because upholding the rights of women is fundamental to effective humanitarian action.

This panel seeks to present a mix of local, national, and international voices. Based on their own experiences, the local and national women leaders will discuss
a) the importance and impact of having women’s voices present in leadership spaces in the humanitarian sector;
b) the extent of women’s leadership in the sector; and
c) success stories of impactful women’s leadership in humanitarian action, the challenges, and how they have overcome those challenges.

See IHSA conference website here

3-6 July, 2018, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

We, the Asia Pacific Faith-based Coalition for sustainable development (APFC), a regional
coalition and all member organizations have a regional presence in the Asia- Pacific Region.
We are a learning, sharing and action-oriented coalition of FBOs of different faiths
committed to sustainable development.

At the core of the mission of FBOs is to address the root causes of vulnerabilities and to
bring hope and well-being to the communities at the margins of societies. Our work
embeds us in communities-at-risk.

FBOs are deeply rooted in our communities and nations, with a unique reach to poor and
vulnerable people through their development, humanitarian, diaconal and spiritual action.
FBOs are present in remote and hard-to-reach areas, where sometimes no other institutions
work. This, in combination with their vast experience in development and humanitarian
work, provides FBOs with a unique understanding of the needs and capacities of the poor
and the marginalized. This is an asset for the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction
(SFDRR) implementation with a strong focus on reducing the risk and protection gaps
among the most vulnerable.

Faith-based groups have been playing a crucial role in the localization of risk reduction,
resilience building and humanitarian action. They are always among the first responders in
emergencies, providing shelter during evacuation and meeting other basic needs (i.e. food,
water, clothing) of those affected. They have been sources of community-based and
managed social capital for healing and recovery. Furthermore, FBOs are contributing
substantial material, financial and social resources for risk prevention, reduction and
humanitarian action worldwide, particularly in Asia.
FBOs can complement other aid sectors’ activity at the grassroots level, contributing as a
vector to localize humanitarian response and preparedness, as well as enhance
mainstreaming of risk reduction and response preparedness measures in development
In order to support the effectiveness of SFDRR implementation in Asia and The Pacific
region, we, the Asia Pacific Faith Coalition, call on all governments and partners to:

  1. Support the meaningful and substantive engagement of FBOs and Local Faith
    Communities (LFCs) in SFDRR processes to provide the opportunity to reach the
    most at-risk communities, even in remote conditions, and engage them in resiliencebuilding
    and decision-making processes.
  2.  Collaborate with FBOs and LFCs and use their capacity to communicate to local
    communities to raise the level of understanding and awareness on and investments
    in DRR and climate change. so as to avoid losses and damage in lives and assets.
  3. Involve FBOs and LFCs at all levels (international, national and local levels) to help
    monitor DRR impact at household and community levels based on the set of SFDRR
    indicators and Asia Regional Plan for implementation of SFDRR for purposes of
    better risk governance.
  4. Use and encourage the collaborative networks of LFCs/FBOs across the region to
    respond to the causes and impacts of disasters and climate change by raising
    investments for resilience at local, national, regional, and global levels.
  5. Allocate resources to FBOs and LFCs to develop and implement DRR measures, both
    in terms of risk mapping, prevention/mitigation and resilience building
    projects/activities, as well as preparedness activities and early action against
  6. Engage and support FBOs in relief and post-disaster recovery and rehabilitation to
    galvanize local humanitarian response / preparedness and to facilitate effective and
    efficient initiatives that will enable communities to BUILD BACK BETTER.
  7. Recognize the value of empowerment in enhancing social capital and social safety
    nets in addressing climate and disaster-related risks and the role of LFCs for such
    enhancement. Investing in entitlements that affirm human rights and dignity is key
    to reducing vulnerabilities to evolving and powerful natural and human-induced
    hazards humanity now faces.
  8. Strengthen the synergy between the implementation of the SFDRR, the Paris Climate
    Agreement, the WHS Commitments to Action and the Sustainable Development
    Goals (SDGs) by giving priority to vulnerability reduction and resilience building and
    affirm the importance of implementing these frameworks in a manner that is
    inclusive, ambitious, equitable, gender sensitive and human rights based.
  9. Address root causes of vulnerabilities such as socio-economic inequality and
    exclusion through public and private sectors’ investment in risk prevention and
    reduction, resilience, and sustainable development.
  10. Provide the enabling environment for innovations, policy dialogues, and the access
    to technologies that address practical and strategic climate and disaster-related
    risks like water security in the face of droughts and slow-onset hazards and
    displacement and loss and damage of economic and non-economic assets due to
    rapid onset events affecting Asia-Pacific.

Members of APFC:

  • Action by Churches Together Alliance (ACT Alliance)
  • Arigatou International
  • Islamic Relief Worldwide
  • Soka Gakkai International (SGI)
  • World Vision International

The SVRI and the World Bank Group are requesting proposals for innovative research and interventions or related activities that will contribute to the prevention of and improved response to gender-based violence in low and middle income countries. This year the call for proposals also includes a specific window for financing private sector organizations that would like to work on addressing GBV. For further information on this call click here.  

Grants of up to US$100,000 and up to US$40,000 for private sector co-funded seed grants, no longer than 24 months in duration may be awarded. Deadline for applications is 5th September 2018Apply online here:

Information on previous award winners and their research and publications can be found on the SVRI Grants page

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Date(s) - 10/07/2018
10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Location: United Nations Headquarters, Chamber,Room 9, New York, NY 10017, US


10:00 – 10:30 Opening Remarks

  • −  H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations
  • −  H.E. Mr. Alvaro Albacete, on behalf of the Secretary General of KAICIID International Dialogue Centre
  • −  H.E. Mr. Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the UN
  • −  H.E. Mr. Philipp Charwath, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Austria to the UN
  • −  H.E. Ms. Belen Alfaro, Ambassador at Large for the Alliance of Civilizations and for Interreligious Dialogue, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain

10:30 – 10:45 Presentation of platforms and tools

  • −  Dr. Paloma Haschke-Joseph, Intercultural Engagement Project Management Specialist, UNAOC
  • −  Pr. Patrice Brodeur, Senior Adviser, KAICIID, Professor, Institute of Religious Studies, University of Montreal

10:45 – 12:15 Discussion – “Sharing experience and good practices”

  • −  Ms. Annamaria Olsson, Founder of Give Something Back To Berlin, UNAOC Intercultural Innovation Award recipient
  • −  Pr. Katherine Marshall, Senior Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University, Executive Director, World Faiths Development Dialogue
  • −  Pr. Patrice Brodeur, Senior Adviser, KAICIID, Professor, Institute of Religious Studies, University of Montreal
  • −  Ms. Samira Luka, Senior Director for Dialogue, Protestant Churches in Egypt and The Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Service – CEOSS
  • −  Ms. Sara Zaini, Co-Founder and Director of School and Content Development at Emkan Education, UNAOC Fellow
  • −  Ms. Velma Saric, Founder and President of Post-Conflict Research Center, UNAOC Intercultural Innovation Award recipient
  • −  Moderator: Ms. Nihal Saad, Chief of Cabinet and Spokesperson for the High Representative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations,

12:15 – 12:45 Q&A with the audience


I. Background

In face of the global scourges of violent extremism, xenophobia and discrimination, the promotion of a culture of peace and dialogue at the local, national, and international levels has become more than ever crucial to the security and well-being of our societies. Teaching the values of reconciliation, tolerance and respect between cultures, religions and beliefs, should be a priority for educators and curriculum developers, disregarding whether they target diplomats, politicians, media experts or young children. As one of the leading entities in the United Nations system for the promotion of interfaith and intercultural dialogue, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) has been working for more than a decade on building bridges between people and communities from different cultures and religions. Over the years, UNAOC has developed a solid expertise in the field of interreligious/intercultural dialogue (IRD/ICD). With the support of a variety of partners, UNAOC has implemented a wide portfolio of activities with the aim to foster cross-cultural understanding and respect for diversity. As a result, the Alliance has established a growing network of Alumni involved all over the globe in different fields of work and areas of expertise, but all strongly committed to UNAOC mission. Through its activities, UNAOC has contributed to empower innovative civil society leaders and organizations, working on harnessing the power of online platforms to strengthen IRD/ICD.

Meanwhile, the beginning of the third millennium was marked by the world entering into a new digital age. The rapid advancement of communication technology followed by the mass production of new communication tools has dramatically changed, and continues to change, our lives. This new “IT life style” is not only redefining our self-perception, but it is also re-shaping our relationship with others and our interaction with the environment. It allows us to think and connect in new, unconventional ways. The Internet, in particular, has greatly accelerated the process of change in the field of knowledge-production and transmission in various disciplines. By working in this new IT environment and utilizing some of the latest communication tools, international actors have created new online spaces, which serve as tools for bridging divides among individuals. In this context, KAICIID International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID) has built a new interactive and interdisciplinary virtual space, which seeks to integrate existing and new knowledge on IRD/ICD online. The aim of the KAICIID Dialogue Knowledge Hub is to strengthen the links between research, policy and practice in order to enhance the process of learning, educating and networking on Interreligious Dialogue for Peace and Reconciliation, thus contributing to the implementation of the Agenda 2030, and more

specifically SDG 4 “Insuring Inclusive and Quality Education for All and Promote Life Long Learning” and SDG 16 “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions”.

II. The Organizers

UNAOC and KAICIID have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in April 2017, agreeing to collaborate towards the enhancement of peace through the promotion of IRD/ICD.
UNAOC is a political initiative of the United Nations Secretary General and aims to build bridges between societies and to promote dialogue and understanding across religions and cultures. In that regard, the Alliance has developed a series of programmes and activities designed to empower key actors such as civil society organizations, religious leaders, youth, educators, media professionals and more, with tools and opportunities to harness the power of IRD/ICD.

KAICIID, as an intergovernmental organisation promotes IRD/ICD, to enhance cooperation and strengthen mutual understanding at individual, national, and international levels. KAICIID and UNAOC acknowledge that promoting interreligious and intercultural dialogue and creating platforms conducive thereto are essential steps to building sustainable peace and fostering mutual understanding and respect. Both organizations have developed different yet complimentary approaches to work towards this goal.

Having identified the area of knowledge-generation on IRD/ICD as a mutual interest, UNAOC and KAICIID are organizing a thematic debate to exchange ideas on the use of online educational platforms and multimedia tools to share knowledge on IRD/ICD. The event will focus on methods developed to mobilize the knowledge available in this field. Participants will also exchange good practices used to share their expertise with a variety of stakeholders – from international institutions to grassroots organizations.

About UNAOC Programmes
While active on a number of cross-cutting issues, UNAOC works mainly in four priority areas to which it brings a multidisciplinary and multi-perspective approach: Education, Media, Migration, and Youth. The main objectives of UNAOC’s programme activities are to facilitate the global conversation on the challenges and opportunities for living in a landscape of diversity in our age of global communication and exchanges; prevent intercultural tensions and crises, combating stereotypes, misperceptions, discrimination and xenophobia; and support innovative grassroots initiatives that contribute to intercultural dialogue and understanding, mutual respect and cooperation across divides.

About KAICIID’s Dialogue Knowledge Hub
The Dialogue Knowledge Hub, as a one-stop-shop, aspires to provide a virtual learning environment, for individuals and institutions, in order to increase the transmission of IRD/ICD knowledge and skills through capacity-building. The Dialogue Knowledge Hub provides users with theoretical knowledge and recommendations on how to engage in IRD/ICD practically. It offers updated information on IRD/ICD through a set of diverse databases and up-to-date research on practical aspects of IRD/ICD. The Hub increases accessibility to knowledge on interreligious dialogue for peace and reconciliation, through the development and management of online platforms such as the Peace Mapping Programme. Users are served through different resources (e.g. directories, databases, virtual platforms, e-learning products, etc.) to be informed about and updated on IRD/ICD.

III. The Event

The event will bring together key experts in e-learning and IRD/ICD, as well as practitioners and users of virtual IRD/ICD knowledge platforms. During the discussion, organizers and panellists will present tools and good practices they developed and used to share knowledge on IRD/ICD. They will discuss opportunities for utilizing these tools in the context of social cohesion, focusing on the networking possibilities at local, national and international levels.
Speakers will also address the challenges they face when using online tools, and will exchange on possible ways to overcome them. Together they will try to identify potential mechanisms that can support the continued exchange of lessons learned and good practices.

Points of discussion

  • What are the projects and platforms that contribute to share knowledge, to encourage criticalthinking and to promote intercultural and interreligious dialogue?
  • How are they useful to the promotion of the values of reconciliation, tolerance and respectbetween cultures, religions and beliefs?
  • What opportunities do they provide to foster social cohesion?
  • What challenges related to the lack of intercultural and interreligious understanding do they face?
  • What recommendations could be done?ParticipantsSpeakers:
  • KAICIID and UNAOC Representatives (senior leadership and experts)
  • Experts and practitioners of intercultural and interreligious dialogue and online dialogue platformsAudience:
  • Representatives of Permanent Missions to the UN,
  • Staff of UN entities UN affiliates with an interest in field of Knowledge on Interreligious andIntercultural dialogue
  • Invited experts and representatives of civil society active in the field of interreligious dialogue

Date(s) - 16/07/2018
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


The UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development -2018


Monday, July 16
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
UNFPA (605 Third Avenue, 5th Floor, Orange Café, New York)

To RSVP please email [email protected]

The meeting of the high-level political forum (HLPF) on sustainable development in 2018 convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council will be held from Monday, 9 July, to Wednesday, 18 July 2018; including a three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from Monday, 16 July, to Wednesday, 18 July 2018.

The theme will be “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies”. The set of goals to be reviewed in depth will be the following, including Goal 17 – “strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development”, which will be considered each year:

  • Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  • Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

UNFPA will co-host a panel for a side event at this year’s High-Level Political Forum on Faith-Based Partnerships on Goal 11, with a view to convening a group of faith-based partner organizations who are working on the intersections between religious work, strengthening resilience, and women and girls’ health in the context of this particular goal around cities and human settlements.

In discussions around developmental interventions, one of the challenges is siloed interventions, with ensuing difficulties around programming and resourcing. And yet faith-based organizations (FBOs) are noteworthy, among many other features, in terms of their ability to effectively implement multiple and various areas of intervention, and thus, deliver for a relatively more integrated intersection of development goals and issues.

In the context of reviewing the above SDG areas which the HLPF offers, there is a window of opportunity to highlight the intersectionality and nexus between health, migration, urbanization, and peace-making, all with a view towards building resilience around SDGs 3 “Good Health and Well-Being” and 5 “Gender Equality” (particularly for girls’ and women’s).


• To assess how these diverse features intersect with girls and women’s health, as potentially central and pivotal to the realization of SDG 11 – and other SDGs.

• To showcase the “how” of the respective work of several FBOs (inspired by and adhering to different religious traditions), work on environment, migration, disaster management, children’s welfare, peace making, endorses girls’ and women’s health as a means of strengthening resilience in human settlements, in developmental well as humanitarian contexts.