09.07.2019 - 18.07.2019
New York City, United States

The 2019 session of the HLPF, convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, will be held from July 9th to 18th. 

The High-level Political Forum is the United Nations' central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and provides for the full and effective participation of all States Members of the UN and States members of specialized agencies. 

The 2019 theme will be "Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality". The set of goals to be reviewed in depth are SDGs 4, 8, 10, 13, 16 and 17.

For updated and more information please follow this link.



There will be a PaRD Side Event organized by the Work-Stream Sustaining Peace:

Together for the Goals – Religious Actors’ Role in Sustaining Peace – SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Side Event High Level Political Forum 2019 | Tuesday 16th July 2019 | 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
UN Church Center, 777 United Nations Plaza
Additional information can be found here.
Please register for this event by e-mailing


List of PaRD members’ activities at the upcoming High Level Political Forum 2019, sorted by date, starting July 12th

Power to the People: Civic space for climate justice, equality and decent work for all
Date and time: Friday, 12th July, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Venue: Ford Foundation
Organized by CIVICUS, Article 19, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR), Action for Sustainable Development (A4SD), Oxfam, Action Aid, Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP), Government of Finland, UN OHCHR

Building Local Ownership in Global Processes: Lessons Learned from Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction
Date and time: Friday, 12th July, 1:15 p.m.-2:45 p.m.
Venue: Baha’i International Community
866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 120
New York, NY, 10017
Organized by Baha’I International Community, Co-Sponsored by the UN Major Group on Children and Youth
Claiming Democratic Freedoms Together to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
Date and time: Friday, 12th July, 6.30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Venue: UN Headquarters, CR1
Organized by Concord, DCA, Danmission, Sida, Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, Global Focus, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Mellemfolkelig Samvirke Actionaid, CARE
Civil Society Weekend Workshop: Standing Together for Transformative Change
Date and time: Saturday, 13th July, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Venue: UN Church Center
Organized by Action for Sustainable Development, TAP Network, Forus
How to Spark Discussion on ‘Leave No One Behind’? A Workshop in the Margins of HLPF 2019 to Give Valuable Input and Perspectives to a Visualization of the Commitment to Leave No One Behind
Date and time: Monday, 15th July, 12 p.m.-2 p.m.
Venue: 305 E 47th Street, Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza
Organized by ForumSyd, Concord

The Escazú Agreement: Establishing environmental rights for the most vulnerable
Date and time: Monday, 15th July, 1:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Venue: UN Conference Room B -- requires UN ground pass
Organized by World Resources Institute, UN ECLAC, Government of Costa Rica, The Access Initiative, Namati, DAR, CIVICUS

Breaking Silos: Showcasing Integrated Solutions to Help Achieve SDG 16, Gender and Land Related SDGs
Date and time: Tuesday, 16th July, 1.00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Venue: Auditorium of the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations, 871 United Nations Plaza, New York
Organized by FriEnt, Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations New York

Building Inclusive Voluntary National Reviews: Promoting civil society participation in the SDGs
Date and time: Wednesday, 17th July 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Venue: Ford Foundation 
Organized by Action for Sustainable Development, Forus, TAP Network, the Asia CSO Partnership for Sustainable Development and others

23.07.2019 - 23.07.2019

The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities (JLI) is offering a four-part series of Webinars on climate. 

Tuesday, 23rd April, 2019 at 9 am ET:
Faith-based climate programs and practice examples

Tuesday, 21st May, 2019:
Interfaith Initiatives 

Tuesday, 18th June, 2019:
Applied Academic Research

Tuesday, 23rd July, 2019:
Advocacy Work

For registration and further information, please click here. Speakers will be announced shortly!

07.08.2019 - 10.08.2019
Cape Town, South Africa

The iDove (Interfaith Dialogue on Violent Extremism) initiative has scheduled its 3rd ToT to take place from 7th-10th August 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. 

The iDove ToT is a four-day workshop with the goal to qualify young facilitators to deliver the Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) training format developed by iDove in their communities. These local iDove trainings aim to empower youth to play an active role in PVE and building cohesive communities at the local level. To this end, innovative youth-led approaches are combined with religious perspectives in an interactive workshop format. In addition to experiencing the iDove Training first hand, participants will be educated on learning styles and methodologies and will practise their own session delivery. 

iDove was jointly launched by the African Union Citizens and Diaspora Directorate (AUC-CIDO) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH to highlight the importance of the soft power of religion in PVE through innovative, youth-led approaches. 

If you would like to participate, please find further information on modalities on the attached flyer. The deadline for applications is June 2nd, 2019


The KAICIID International Fellows Programme brings together leaders and educators from diverse religious backgrounds from all over the world for training in dialogue facilitation, intercultural communication and promoting social cohesion. 

The programme equips Fellows with the skills to educate their students and communities about interreligious dialogue to become facilitators and leaders in the dialogue and active peace advocates in their communities. 

Applications for the 2020 Fellows Programme are now open until 14 August, 2019. Find more information about the programme and application process here

20.08.2019 - 23.08.2019
Lindau, Germany

Every 5-6 years, Religions for Peace (RfP) convenes a World Assembly of senior-most religious leaders for the purpose of forging a deep moral consensus on contemporary challenges, electing a new World Council, and advancing multi-religious action across and beyond the RfP network.

This year, RfP will convene its 10th World Assembly under the theme Caring for our Common Future in Lindau, Germany from August 20th to 23rd, 2019. 

Around 700 religious representatives will come to together to discern commitments to peace that will serve as a shared foundation for multi-religious action. The religious leaders will be joined by representatives of nation States, the United Nations, foundations and other civil society sectors to forge multi-stakeholder partnerships for action.

Find more information by following this link

The European Commission has issued a Call for Proposals to support cross-border and regional civil society initiatives to build sustainable, in-country capacities for effective prevention of violent extremism (PVE) in Central-Asia. 

The maximum grant for winning consortium is € 750.000. Submit your proposal by August 23rd, 2019 and find further information here.  

The WASH sector is increasingly recognizing the value of engaging with faith actors. Correrspondingly, numerous faith actors have expressed support for WASH programs and the SDGs. 

At this year's World Water Week, SIWI and partners at Accord WASH Alliance, Living Water International, SMART Centre group, Tearfund UK and The World Council of Churches are organizing the fourth annual Water and Faith event at the World Water Week. The topic will be "Water and Faith: Mobilizing local faith actors to achieve SDG 6". 

Please note that this is a public showcase within the World Water Week programme and no registration is required. 

August 29th, 2019
Tele2 Arena
Arenaslingan 14
Johanneshov, Sweden

For further information, please follow this link.


Annual Water and Faith Network meeting

This public Showcase will be followed directly by the annual Water and Faith Network meeting from 16.00-18.00. The objective of the Network meeting is to facilitate knowledge exchange and to provide updates on key Water and Faith relevant international processes. Space is limited to one representative per organization.

RSVP to Kristina Johansson (kristina.johansson [at] by 16 August is required to attend the Network meeting.

This meeting will take place at the adjacent hotel and participants will walk over directly following the Showcase. Please note that World Water Week registration is likewise not necessary to participate in the Water and Faith Network meeting but RSVP is required. Agenda and details will be provided to confirmed participants.

The organisers of the 2020 EADI ISS Conference 2020 on Solidarity, Peace, and Social Justice cordially call for session proposals for next year's conference. The General Conference will be convened by the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) from June 29th to July 2nd, 2020 in The Hague, The Netherlands. 

Participants are invited to reflect on aspects such as, but not exclusively: 

  • How can we give new meanings to solidarity in a period of growing distrust between and within nations and amongst people?
  • How can we, as development scholars and practitioners, contribute to peace and social justice in our work?
  • How can we find new understandings and/or explanations to the concept of 'development', without simply adding new adjectives?

The deadline for the submission of session proposals is September 6th, 2019.

Please see the conference website for further details. 

The annual iDove Intercontinental Youth Forums provide a valuable platform for young activists, academics, creatives & policy makers from all over Africa and Europa to share experiences, ideas and knowledge on constructive strategies to prevent violent extremism.

This year's Third Intercontinental Youth Forum will focus on the current challenge of rehabilitating and reintegrating (R&R) foreign fighters and other returnees

Taking returnees into account when designing Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) strategies has become more and more pressing in recent years as thousands of foreign fighters have been relocating to their home communities. Foreign fighters are strongly exposed to violent extremism ideologies, with many having witnessed or actively participated in acts of violence. Whether actively involved in fighting and violence or not, all returnees will require assistance in addressing the drivers that led to their involvement with violent extremism as well as in (again) assuming productive roles in society. 

iDove was jointly launched by the African Union Citizens and Diaspora Directorate (AUC-CIDO) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH to highlight the importance of the soft power of religion in PVE through innovative, youth-led approaches. 

Please find further information and application modalities in the attached flyer. 

29.06.2020 - 02.07.2020
The Hague, The Netherlands

The European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) will convene the 16th EADI General Conference in the Hague from June 29th to July 2nd, 2020. 

The central theme of the conference will be Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice. These three concepts represent aspirations for approaches to global development that address inequality, poverty and political marginalisation, also in connection to climate change and other environmental threats. 

For further information on the conference, please follow this link