PaRD's Freedom of Religion or Belief Initiative operates within our mandate on the positive role of religion & belief in #SustainableDevelopment & humanitarian assistance. Find out more about how #FoRB is tied to #SustainableDevelopment ⬇️ partner-religion-development.org/freedom-of-rel… pic.twitter.com/UtzaciUYnx
A Good Start | Archbishop Angaelos, London's Coptic Orthodox Archbishop, talks about mainstreaming #FoRB across the SDGs at @WiltonPark. When #ReligiousActors can partner with #goverments the #SDGs will be easier to achieve. 📸 @USAID's @theRevAdam, @refcemi's Archbishop Angaelos pic.twitter.com/OcSRUQKUSM
#WiltonPark Day 2️⃣ | Fiona Bruce @UK_FoRBEnvoy with @USAID's Adam Phillips & @PaRDSecretariat's Khushwant Singh: they spoke about how to strengthen #FoRB as an important human right & as a prerequisite to #SustainableDevelopment. 📸 @theRevAdam, F. Bruce, K. Singh pic.twitter.com/dbSGEvy0e2
The Salam Institute's Mohammed Abu-Nimer, an expert on conflict resolution & dialogue for #peace, is just 1️⃣ of many experts looking at how FoRB promotes peaceful & inclusive societies at #WiltonPark's #FoRB event. #SDG16 | #SDG17 📸@mabunimer_nimer, Khushwant Singh pic.twitter.com/5FYkyDwjeH
The International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD) convenes governments, multilateral entities, civil society, especially religious and faith-based actors, and academia 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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Secretary General of Religions for Peace
PaRD member with focus on Interreligious Dialogue