NEWS

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…

PaRD's Head of Secretariat, Khushwant Singh, spoke in Bali (Indonesia) about the importance of "Unity in Diversity" and a circular understanding of life, as well as the need to unlearn linear and growth-oriented thinking in order to tackle the…

Frank Schwabe, German Commissioner for Freedom of Religion and Belief and Member of the German Parliament, spoke at PaRD's Annual Forum on Religion and Sustianable Development 2022 about the need to strengthen democratic values and inclusive…

From 31 October to 3 November 2022, PaRD is hosting its Annual Forum on Religion and Sustainable Development in a hybrid format in Bali, Indonesia. Participants can look forward to interactive and diverse sessions on the theme of "Faith and…

That religion and religious actors are essential for the 2030 Agenda is accepted by many, but formal structures for cooperation with governments need to be strengthened.

RELIGION MATTERS!
TWITTER

At #PaRD22 @AndreaBenzo1 (Special Envoy @ItalyMFA for Freedom of #Religion and #Belief Protection and Interreligious Dialogue) spoke about the connections between #FoRB and progress in achieving the #SDGs. Read the full speech👇 bit.ly/3ua4nNy pic.twitter.com/Tyb6pwX8SV

01. December
@PaRDSecretariat

📢NEW REPORT | In 08/2022, religious leaders, academics & representatives of governments and multilateral entities from Southern Africa met to discuss lessons learnt from #Covid19. 📩Report: bit.ly/3Vk1qG9 📚PaRD's Knowledge Centre: bit.ly/3GVYbQM pic.twitter.com/jlotSpyurM

30. November
@PaRDSecretariat

On KAICIID’s 10th anniversary, we celebrate our fruitful partnerships with 🔟 organizations from around the globe. Together, we work on committing to a future that’s full of peace and #dialogue. 🕊 #DecadeOfDialogue pic.twitter.com/yDfL6C2FPO

29. November
@PaRDSecretariat

Join the Cultural Youth Movement Education Foundation's (CYMEF) virtual event on "Interreligious Youth Mobilisation Towards a Peaceful 2023 General Elections in Nigeria" on 1 December. It will be streamed on CYMEF’s website (bit.ly/3UcC9MB) & on Twitter at @CYMEF_ pic.twitter.com/T14FDDXX2Z

29. November
@PaRDSecretariat
CALENDAR
01
Dec
Project Launch Event: Interreligious Youth Mobilization towards a Peaceful 2023 General Elections in Nigeria - A Digital Advocacy
CYM Education Foundation is taking steps to change the existing violent and harmful narratives during the campaigns and election period of Nigeria's 2023 general elections.
06
Dec
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07
Dec
2022 Evidence Summit on Impactful Interreligious Action
The 2022 Evidence Summit on Impactful Interreligious Action will provide an opportunity for donors, faith actors and FBOs, practitioners, and policymakers to explore evidence on funding and partnering with local faith actors and FBOs to support more effective, whole-of-society programming and policy.
07
Dec
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07
Dec
Inequality, Injustice and Violence: Experiences of Women from Iraq’s Diverse Ethnic and Religious Communities
Join IDS and CREID to listen to women from Iraq’s diverse ethnic and religious communities who share their research and experiences of historical and contemporary injustices and how communities are mobilizing for recognition and redress.
14
Dec
PaRD Gender Equality and Empowerment Work-Stream Meeting
Members of PaRD’s Gender Equality and Empowerment Work-Stream meet in order to discuss latest developments, new and upcoming projects as well as to exchange ideas.
31
Jan
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01
Feb
International Religious Freedom Summit
The IRF Summit 2023 will bring together a broad coalition that passionately supports religious freedom around the globe for a three-day-in-person event in Washington D.C., January 31st and February 1st.
31
Jan
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. They share the latest innovations on how partnerships can best advance international development.
11
Feb
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14
Feb
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.
02
Mar
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03
Mar
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.
06
Mar
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17
Mar
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.

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.

PaRD has
150
members
from
8
religions
from
123
organisations inspired by religion
from
7
governments
from
6
multilateral entities
from
9
research/academic institutions
WHAT WE DO

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.

Here you find PaRD's strategic plan 2022-2026. 

Knowledge centre
Find selected publications on
religion and development.
VOICES FROM PaRD AND BEYOND

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

KAICIID
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