Virtual PaRD Annual Forum and GAM
The Virtual Annual Forum 2020 facilitated open and forward-thinking discussions between various donor organisations, governmental entities, multilateral agencies and Faith Based/Faith Inspired organisations (FBOs/FIOs) and other Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).
The current COVID-19 pandemic proves to be a challenge to all of us. The PaRD Steering Group had decided to postpone the in-person PaRD Annual Forum and the PaRD General Assembly of Members (GAM) to August 31 - September 3, 2021 to be held in Cape Town, South Africa. Nevertheless, since a regular exchange between members is at the core of our partnership, PaRD invited to a Virtual Annual Forum and GAM from September 3-4, 2020.
The virtual forum focused not only on ongoing collaborations and partnerships with local Faith Actors (LFAs) but also on existing gaps and challenges in partnerships, including those relating to the current response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The virtual forum did not replace the regular physical Annual Forum but should provide an opportunity to discuss current challenges in the field of religion and sustainable development within our partnership and to work towards the next in-person forum in 2021.
Right before the Annual Forum, on September 1st, the Research Programme on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development at Humboldt University Berlin hosted a webinar on “Religious Communities and Ecological Sustainability in Southern Africa” in partnership with the Water, Environment and Climate Action (WECARE) Work Stream of the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD).
This year's PaRD Annual Forum was different. The event has been held virtually with only few PaRD members physically gathering at Humboldt University in Berlin. But this didn't prevent high level speakers from joining the discussions!
Multi-stakeholder roundtable discussion
The objective of this virtual roundtable, which was held on September 3, 2020, was to facilitate an honest exchange between stakeholders i.e. governmental entities, intergovernmental organisations, academia and faith-based organisations/ faith inspired organisations (FBOs/FIOs) on funding needs/gaps and invisibility of FBOs/FIOs, especially of local faith actors (LFA) and grassroot organisations as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Parallel Sessions by work-streams
1. Health (SDG 3)
As part of the PaRD Virtual Forum, the Gender Equality and Empowerment Work-Stream will host the Event: "A just world post COVID-19: Critical Dialogues on Religion, Sustainable Development and Gender Justice"? The event will be the launch of a series of interactive dialogues that will be hosted by the workstream throughout 2020 / 2021. More
3. Water, Environment and Climate Action (WECARE, SDGs 6,13,14,15)
4. Sustaining Peace (SDG 16)