The International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD) welcomes four new members, including the Indonesian government, represented by its Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA).

PaRD welcomes the Indonesian government, represented by the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA), as a new PaRD member. In Indonesia, 93% of the population considers itself to be religious. It is also the country with the largest Muslim population in…

With over 150 participants from around 35 countries and seven religions as well as Indigenous Peoples, PaRD’s Annual Forum on Religion and Sustainable Development brought together a diversity of people, organisations, and perspectives to address the…

Mercy Munene, PaRD Steering Group member and Core Team Member with the Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa (CYNESA), spoke at PaRD's Annual Forum on Religion and Sustainable Development 2022 about PaRD's role as an…

Dr Andrea Benzo, Italian Special Envoy for the Protection of Freedom of Religion or Belief and Interreligious Dialogue, spoke at PaRD's Annual Forum on Religion and Sustainable Development 2022 about the connections between Freedom of Religion and…


Who or what is protected by freedom of #religion or #belief (#FoRB)? Answers to questions like these are provided by the #FoRBLearningPlatform, which Kristine Tveit of #StefanusAlliance presented today in a webinar hosted by PaRD's FoRB Initiative. ➡️

30. January

Ben Bowler, Prof. P.B.Corcoran @unityearth1 spoke with Head @PaRDSecretariat about #hope, #education, #transformation & global #Wellbeing to achieve the #SDGs. PaRD was invited to the #Spirituality & #Sustainability Conference in Rome/Assisi, June 2023.…

28. January

Empowering youth & creating a safe space for dialogue is a powerful factor in #PreventingViolentExtremism (#PVE). This became very evident when @iDove00 initiatives in Sri Lanka & the Philippines shared their experiences with iDovers over the past years in a recent webinar. #SDGs

27. January

Millions of children worldwide are on the move. There is a need for faith-sensitive #MentalHealth and Psychosocial Support (#MHPSS) policies that focus on this vulnerable group. For this reason, PaRD is one of the supporters of this project.…

19. January

#ReligionMatters! 4 out of 5 people worldwide feel connected to a religious or spiritual tradition. Many of them work as volunteers to strengthen social cohesion and #SustainableDevelopment. Four of these actors tell their stories in the video below.…

18. January

👏 These stories illustrate that religious actors, faith-based organisations and Indigenous Peoples do have a real impact on achieving the #SDGs. ➡️This is also what PaRD's work is about. Learn more about our partnership:……

13. January
ECOSOC Partnership Forum 2023
Every year at the Partnership Forum, ECOSOC and other UN entities collaborate to bring together some of the most influential leaders from government, the private and non-profit sectors, and civil society.
Global Youth Interfaith & Intercultural Forum - Youth Peacebuilding: Interfaith Dialogue from Theory to Practice
The forum will strengthen the role of young people in promoting interfaith and intercultural harmony and amplify a global message of peaceful coexistence in the spirit of the United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week in February 2023.
Our Ocean Conference (OOC 8)
With the theme "Our Ocean… Our Connection", the Government of Panama will highlight the importance of knowledge as the basis of our actions and policies to ensure protection of our ocean, responsible management of marine resources, and sustainable future economic growth.
Commission on the Status of Women (CSW67)
The sixty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place from 6 to 17 March 2023.
UN Water Conference
The UN 2023 Water Conference will take place at UN Headquarters in New York, 22-24 March 2023, co-hosted by Tajikistan and the Netherlands.
PaRD Leadership Meeting 2023
PaRD's Leadership is meeting in Friedrichsdorf close to Frankfurt am Main (Germany) to discuss the annual planning.
World Health Summit Regional Meeting
This event strives to join forces for global health and create a unique opportunity for knowledge exchange and partnership building.
International Parliamentarians’ Conference on the promotion of freedom of religion or belief (FoRB)
The overarching theme for the Conference in 2023 is Leave No One Behind: The Role of Freedom of Religion or Belief in Advancing Human Flourishing and Just Societies.
G7 Summit
The G7 Summit is an intergovernmental political forum consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD) convenes governments, multilateral entities, civil society organisations (CSOs), especially religious, faith-based and faith-inspired organisations (RBOs/FIOs/FBOs), and research or academic institutions in a safe space providing continuity for dialogue, learning, and collaboration to better inform policy and practices in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda.

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PaRD’s Current Priority Areas

The International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD) is a dynamic multi-stakeholder global partnership that actively includes religious and faith-based actors, organisations, initiatives, and communities working towards achieving the 2030 Agenda. PaRD fosters networking, policy informing, the exchange of knowledge, good practices and lessons learned, and strengthening capacity and evidence base on a long-term basis at equal levels. Through work-streams, PaRD currently focuses on Health (SDG 3), Gender Equality (SDG 5), Environment, Water and Climate Action (SDG 6, 13, 14, 15), and Sustaining Peace (SDG 16). In mitigating the adverse effects of newly arising global crisis, PaRD is receptive to new areas of engagement. It has initiated work groups on food security and vaccines.

PaRD operates under the human rights framework and the assumption that inclusion and freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief (FoRB) is an integral part and a horizontal theme in the nexus of religion and development. PaRD takes a constructive approach to FoRB based on good practices, shedding light on its reciprocal relationship to sustainable development and humanitarian aid.


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PaRD provides a unique opportunity for members of several governments to regularly discuss the importance of faith in development and find ways to take action for common cause when it comes to the challenges of our day. Due to its international nature, it is a topic that affects every country and its programming. I am grateful to PaRD for making these essential connections a consistent part of our work.

Adam Nicholas Phillips

PaRD Steering Group Co-Chair and director of USAID Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and the Local, Faith and Transformative Partnerships Hub.

We have to act today, not just plan for 2030 and beyond, and planning for development goes beyond electoral cycles.

Mastorea Sadan

Chief Senior Expert National Planning Commission Secretariat (NDP), South Africa.

My vision as a new co-chair is to see PaRD as a place of healing and empowerment through service and full dedication to the SDGs. 

Hazel Maureen Danetta Dixon

PaRD Steering Group Co-Chair from African Union.

In all the inequity of the world - it is not that there are no resources or aid from richer to poorer, the issue is the effectiveness of the aid which is given. More stakeholders need to be involved, shared wisdom is needed in times of crisis, and PaRD will help ensure that there is transparency.

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka

President of the Southern Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC)

The contributions of religious actors to achieving the SDGs need scientific investigation and scrutiny. A transdisciplinary approach is necessary: research not only about, but with religious actors. The membership of our research programme in PaRD creates excellent conditions for this. 

Prof Dr Wilhelm Gräb

Head of the Research Programme on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development of Humboldt University

The successful PaRD General Assembly in South Africa has shown how far this unique partnership has come and how much more potential there is for exchange and cooperation between religious actors, governments and multilaterals for sustainable development. And never has it been more needed than now. Time to get even busier!

Peter Prove

PaRD Steering Group Co-Chair from World Council of Churches (WCC)

The development that all SDGs are trying to attain will never happen until the religious language within Muslim societies changes when it comes to girls rights – the girl’s rights to go to school, to get an education, to decide if she wants to marry and when she wants to marry.

Ani Zonneveld

Muslims for Progressive Values
PaRD member with focus on Gender Equality and Empowerment

PaRD provides a unique space: It allows faith-based organisations, governments and intergovernmental organisations to directly connect with each other. PaRD enables to learn about the positive potential of religion, and explore creative ways to tackle our common global challenges.

Prof. Mohammed Abu Nimer

PaRD Steering Group Member

Compassion, healing and unity is at the heart of spirituality – and to transcend man-made boundaries. To strengthen this positive force on a global level through collaboration between state actors and civil society, helps to commonly contribute to sustainable solutions for our wellbeing – and that of the Earth.

Khushwant Singh

PaRD Head of Secretariat

What PaRD has that is its strength right now, is the ability to bring together donor governments from the North with Faith-Based organizations (FBOs). PaRD needs to enable something catalytic, multireligious and multinational that’s transformative for people and lives!

Azza Karam

Secretary General of Religions for Peace
PaRD member with focus on Interreligious Dialogue