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PaRD Leadership Meeting 2022
The PaRD Leadership met in Washington, DC and in New York to discuss the way forward for PaRD in 2022. © PaRD
June 2022
Welcome to the PaRD Newsletter

Dear Reader,

The pandemic challenged us and kept us personally apart for so long. We at PaRD are grateful that face-to-face meetings are becoming more frequent again. The PaRD Hybrid Leadership in Washington DC and New York was such an opportunity. We not only had fruitful discussions, but some of us also met in person for the very first time. A feeling of a team spirit was evoked. One key decision of the meeting was to hold the PaRD General Assembly of Members (GAM) and Annual Forum from 31 October to 3 November 2022 in Bali, Indonesia. Preparations are already in full swing. Please save the date in your calendar. More information we will provide soon.

But until then, none of us will be bored. Our members are constantly working on a wide range of activities and events. Find out more in this newsletter.

Enjoy the read!

Khushwant Singh
PaRD Head of Secretariat

News from PaRD

PaRD Leadership Meeting: Being Heard and Understood

10. June 2022 – The to-do list was long on May 19 when the leadership of the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD) met in Washington, DC and the next day in New York to discuss the way forward for PaRD in 2022. The lively and productive sessions demonstrated what PaRD is about: dialogue, learning, collaboration.

Ukraine: Religious Actors Respond

7. April 2022 – Millions of people have fled from Ukraine. Many more needing humanitarian assistance have become internally displaced within the country. To support formal and informal partnerships with and between PaRD members – in Ukraine, at the borders to neighbouring countries, and in communities throughout the world – an overview of their activities can be found on the PaRD website.

Religious Organisations Safeguard the Environment through Cooperation

9. March 2022 – In March 2022, PaRD members presented how religious organisations work to protect the environment. The event took place within the framework of the United Nations Environment Assembly 5.2 (UNEA). According to panel participants, PaRD connects people, religions, and governments for positive and agile environmental impact.

First Equity, then Sustainability

21. Febuary 2022 – At the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Faith for Earth Dialogue opening session on February 21, 2022, Head of Secretariat Khushwant Singh underscores how PaRD members are working to be drivers of equity and sustainability in cities.

New film: Religion Matters!

1. June 2022 – Around the world, religious actors are working toward achieving the Agenda 2030. Watch the new film Religion Matters! implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to see how Mona Alzoud in Jordan, Mary Mwachiti in Kenya, Napan Thawornbanjob in Thailand and Alissa Wahid in Indonesia are doing their part.

New on PaRD website: Food Crisis Response Work Group & Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) Initiative

14. June 2022 – The PaRD website has been updated. New subpages for PaRD's Food Crisis Response Work Group and Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) Initiative can be found online.

Click here for more PaRD-News!

Updates from PaRD's Work

Gender Equality and Empowerment (SDG 5)

New film: A Seat at the Table! According to the United Nations, women are more vulnerable than men to climate change; they represent most of the world’s poor and are proportionally more dependent on threatened natural resources. PaRD's Gender Equality and Empowerment and WECARE Work-Streams developed this video to show why climate action needs women, religious actors and local partners.

Other Work-Stream Highlights: 

  • Currently, PaRD's Gender Equality and Empowerment Work-Stream is developing a Gender Action Plan (2022-2025), including a decision matrix. This will provide recommendations for the strategic positioning and integration of gender equality and gender-based analysis within PaRD.

  • Engaging Faith Actors on the Road to the G20 Interfaith Forum: The Work-Stream, in collaboration with The Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers (NETW) and KAICIID Dialogue Centre, is planning to bring around 45 women, youth and leaders of religious communities in South and Southeast Asia to a regional consultation to Indonesia in Fall 2022 in advance of the G20 Interfaith Forum and subsequent G20 meeting.

Click here to learn more about PaRD's Gender Equality and Empowerment Work-Stream!
Health Work Stream (SDG 3)

New Project Archive Launched: 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 PaRD and other organisations. It collects information about religious actors responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here for more information about the Faith and COVID-19: Resource Repository!

Other Work-Stream Highlights: 

  • The Health Work-Stream is currently organising the Southern African Regional Roundtable in South Africa which aims to consolidate key learnings on the role of religious actors in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, and the implications that it has had on development cooperation.

  • In addition, the Work-Stream will be co-organising a side event at the 2022 International Conference on Family Planning in Thailand. The event will be a roundtable discussion on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (ASRHR) partnerships with faith actors, with the proposed output being a policy informing document.

Click here to learn more about PaRD's Health Work-Stream!
Sustaining Peace (SDG 16)

Geneva Peace Week: The Sustaining Peace Work-Stream is applying to hold two workshops as part of Geneva Peace Week (October 31 to November 4, 2022). One workshop will focus on fostering creative methods and practical actions that engage female religious leaders in addressing challenges and opportunities to the role of women in peacebuilding and mediation. Another workshop will address climate change as a root cause of conflict and aims to highlight the role of faith actors in fragile and conflict affected areas in promoting social cohesion and inclusive dialogue while addressing the climate crisis. 

Other Work-Stream Highlights: 

  • The Sustaining Peace Work-Stream is planning a roundtable discussion on inter and intra religious dialogues for peace in either Afghanistan or Myanmar. The roundtable is planned for September, and more information will be available in due course.

  • The Work-Stream is very happy to update PaRD members that the research on the development, humanitarian, and peace triple nexus is about to begin in earnest, with the findings and report being due in late October.

Click here to learn more about PaRD's Sustaining Peace Work-Stream!
WECARE (SDGs 6, 13, 14, 15)

Side event at CSW66: Making room for religious and local actors, including women, in climate-related planning, policymaking, and implementation brings valuable insight. This is what the CSW66 side event "From the Grassroots to the Global: Why Climate Action Needs Women, Religious Actors and Local Partners", organised by PaRD's Gender Equality and Empowerment and WECARE Work-Streams, showcased.

Other Work-Stream Highlights: 

Click here to learn more about PaRD's WECARE Work-Stream!

Join PaRD now!

PaRD invites governmental and intergovernmental entities as well as diverse civil society and faith-based organisations contributing to the 2030 Agenda to join the network.

Click here to apply for a PaRD membership!

Upcoming Events

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

The UN is hosting the forum with the title “Building back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development ” from 5 July to 15 July 2022.

Save the Date: PaRD Annual Forum and General Assembly of Members (GAM) 2022

Time and place are fixed! The next PaRD Annual Forum and General Assembly of Members (GAM) will take place from 31 October to 3 November 2022 in Bali, Indonesia. Save the date and spread the word.

More information will follow soon on the PaRD website and in this newsletter.

Click here for more events!

New publications with PaRD

Resilience in Children on the Move

This booklet, released in January 2022, is designed to raise awareness and provide recommendations about including faith-sensitive approaches to support the psychosocial well-being of children during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. It is both a compilation and an expansion of the contributions and recommendations made during a three-part online series, Fostering Resilience in Children on the Move, held from September to November 2021.

Promoting FoRB and Gender Equality in the Context of the SDGs

Through a series of workshops throughout 2019, experts explored the nexus between Freedem of Religion or Belief (FoRB) and gender equality in relation to key Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including access to justice, education, health, and climate change. Discussions, analysis, ideas and recommendations from the workshops have been summarised in this report.

Click here to access the PaRD Knowledge Centre!

Andrea Mateja
PR & Communications
E: andrea.mateja@giz.de
I: www.pard.international