NEWS

Making room for religious and local actors, including women, in climate-related planning, policymaking, and implementation brings valuable insight.

What started as an online document has evolved into a professional online platform: the Faith and COVID-19: Resource Repository. This collaborative project was supported by the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD)…

Cooperation between Uganda’s religious networks and government grows as both focus on positive change for the people.

According to Faith for Earth Panel participants, PaRD connects people, religions, and governments for positive and agile environmental impact.

TWITTER

PaRD brings together over 1️⃣4️⃣0️⃣ governments, multilateral entities, and religious and other civil society organisations to work together towards achieving the #2030Agenda ⬇️ partner-religion-development.org/members/join-u…

Religious actors are an important part of civil society and of the @UN's 17 Strategic Development Goals #SDGs, forming social & cultural values & shaping worldviews. ☑️ Follow @PaRDSecretariat - learn how - Governments - Multilateral Entities, & - Civil Society all have a role. pic.twitter.com/XYDkLYFOjQ

Everyone is affected by the #ClimateCrisis & only by working together can #sustainable solutions be found. 1️⃣ of our goals at the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development is to foster cooperation & collaboration. Follow us at @PaRDSecretariat pic.twitter.com/khsZtN8D0E

Why is #SDG17 a focus at PaRD? Goal 17 is about "partnerships for the goals" & the 🅿 in PaRD stands for this. We build partnerships between: Governmental and Multilateral Entities 🤝 Civil Society 🤝 Religions TOGETHER we are all working towards the #Agenda2030 pic.twitter.com/RnK6TOAuku

ℹ️ PaRD Members Act to Help PaRD member @unitedsikhs & 20 international law firms - working via a pro bono legal network - are helping people fleeing #Ukraine to Europe, UK, USA & Japan. More details from UNITED SIKHS UK 📧 law@unitedsikhs-uk partner-religion-development.org/resources/ukra…

Worldwide 4️⃣ out of 5️⃣ people associate themselves with religion. All over the world religious actors 🌏🌍🌎 support vulnerable groups & people in need - here is just 1️⃣ story from Ukraine. twitter.com/MedairInt/stat…

Religion, faith & spiritual nurture can support children's #resilience. PaRD members @ArigatouGeneva, @KAICIID & @WorldVisionFaith provide ways to support the psychosocial well-being of children on the move. (#MHPSS) ⬇️ partner-religion-development.org/fileadmin/user… twitter.com/UN/status/1525…

ℹ️ PaRD Members Act to Help @eu_cord has been linking its members and their partners to respond to the humanitarian crisis in #Ukraine and at the borders. Tell us about your organization ⬇️ partner-religion-development.org/resources/ukra… #Religion | #development | #HumanitarianAID

PaRD's Sustaining Peace work-stream focuses on #SDG16, it's led by @danmissiondk's Andreas Dybkjær-Andersson, @KAICIID's Renata Nelson, @peacemakersnetw's Rachel Palermo & @WorldVision's Maya Assaf-Horstmeier. Learn More⬇️ partner-religion-development.org/work-streams/s… pic.twitter.com/SJTraVuQdL

Digital Launch Event & Workshop: The Local Changemakers Course 📅25 May 2022 ⏰ 10-12 CEST (Central European Summertime) 💻 Zoom 🗣English w/simultaneous translation Arabic & French ⚠️ Registration by 18 May #FoRB #FoRBLearningPlatform forb-learning.org/launch-local-c…

CALENDAR
25
May
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29
May
German Catholic Convention (Katholikentag)
PaRD is planning to hold a side event on 28 May at the German Catholic Convention in Stuttgart.
02
Jun
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03
Jun
Stockholm+50
This international meeting under the theme “Stockholm+50: a healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity” is hosted by Sweden and Kenya.
09
Jun
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10
Jun
International Conference: Religious Engagement in Global Affairs
Religious Engagement in Global Affairs - A New Interreligious Dynamic for the Good of Humanity. Conference in Geneva, 9-10 June 2022.
05
Jul
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06
Jul
Global Summit to promote Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB)
The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) will host a global summit to promote Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) from 5 to 6 July in London.
05
Jul
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15
Jul
High Level Political Forum
High Level Political Forum “Building back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” with in depth reviews on five SDGs.
23
Aug
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01
Sep
World Water Week
The World Water Week 2022 will take place in a hybrid format online and in Stockholm.
31
Aug
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08
Sep
11th assembly of the World Council of Churches
Originally planned for September 2021 in Karlsruhe, Germany, the WCC has postponed its 11th Assembly to the second half of 2022. The location will remain the same.
07
Nov
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18
Nov
UN Climate Change Conference 2022
The 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 27) to the UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) will take place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

MISSION

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 has
144
members
from
38
countries
from
8
religions
from
7
governments
from
7
multilateral entities
from
128
organisations inspired by religion
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