08.04.2020

Multi-Religious Faith Initiative on COVID-19

The Initiative is coordinated by Religions for Peace and UNICEF with support from Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI).

Religions for Peace (RfP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have launched a global Multi-Religious Faith-in-Action COVID-19 Campaign. This global partnership now commits to strengthening multi-religious action and community mobilization, in countering the COVID-19 pandemic.

Affirming the unique and influential roles played by religious leaders and actors, in influencing values, attitudes, behaviours and actions that affect the development and wellbeing of the world’s children, the campaign will be coordinated by the global partnership on Faith and Positive Change for Children, Families and Communities which involves senior leaders of the world’s religious and spiritual traditions. This includes Bahai, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Jain, Jewish, Sikh, Zoroastrian and Indigenous spirituality - joined by RfP’s interfaith youth and women’s networks, in collaboration with the Joint Learning Initiative of Local Faith Communities (JLI) with its membership of International Faith-Based organizations.

The global Multi-Religious Faith-in-Action COVID-19 Campaign calls upon all communities across the world, together with governments, UN entities, and broad civil society organisations, to join forces to:

  • Adapt faith gatherings, rituals and services
  • Promote heightened focus on hygiene and sanitation
  • Counter all forms of stigma and discrimination
  • Provide active engagement of networks of religious communities

Read the full statement