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Our highlight in 2022: PaRD's Annual Forum on Religion and Sustainable Development in Bali, Indonesia!
Welcome to the PaRD Newsletter

Dear Reader,

This new year 2023 is already in full swing. We hope you had a good start! We would like to take this opportunity not only to look into the future but also back at two highlights in 2022 for PaRD: the successful holding of PaRD's Annual Forum on Religion and Sustainable Development 2022 in Bali and the admission of the Indonesian Government, represented by the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA), as a new governmental member of PaRD.

In 2023 we are already reaping the fruits of the seeds from last year. Last year eleven projects of PaRD members were supported worldwide, which contributed directly to the SDGs. Throughout the year we will share impressions, reports and media coverage of these projects, starting with a report on the workshop on empowering male champions on gender equality in Malawi, organised mainly by the the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), and a report on "The Impact of Covid-19 on Religious and Social Inequalities" by Bargad Organisation for Youth Development. We are also looking forward to important events such as the PaRD Leadership Meeting in March or CSW 67, on the sidelines of which the PaRD Gender Equality and Empowerment Work-Stream members will hold an in-person meeting. For more events to look forward to in 2023 scroll down to our event section.

Thank you and enjoy reading!

Khushwant Singh
PaRD Head of Secretariat

PaRD News

More than 20 Men Advocate for Gender Justice in Malawi

20 February 2023 – No more underage marriages that's what Malawian Paramount Chief Kawinga has enforced in his community. He is one of a group of more than 20 male champions for gender justice who came together in a workshop organised mainly by the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) and supported by PaRD to advocate for gender justice in their country.

PaRD Joined by Four New Members 

10 January 2023 – PaRD keeps growing and becoming more diverse. The Indonesian Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA), the ojcos-stiftung, the Society for Peace and Conflict Management (SPACM) and Unity Earth are the latest additions to this global alliance.

Indonesia First Government from the Global South to Become PaRD Member

3 January 2023 – PaRD welcomes the Indonesian government, represented by the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA), as a new PaRD member. In Indonesia, 93% of the population considers itself to be religious. It is also the country with the largest Muslim population in the world.

The Impact of Covid-19 on Religious and Social Inequalities

25 December 2022 – With support from PaRD, Bargad, a youth-led and youth-focused organisation working for youth development in Pakistan, worked on a study titled "The Impact of Covid-19 on Religious and Social Inequalities". Although the final report is not yet available, the initial findings show that in Pakistan, television was the main source of information on Covid-19 for 71.9% of people who had access to news.

PaRD's Annual Forum 2022: More Diverse, Bigger than Ever

14 December 2022 – With over 160 participants from around 35 countries and seven religions as well as Indigenous Peoples, PaRD’s Annual Forum on Religion and Sustainable Development brought together a diversity of people, organisations, and perspectives to address the climate crisis.

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Events to Look Forward to in 2023

Commission on the Status of Women (CSW67)

6 to 17 Mar 2023
Representatives of UN Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are contributing to the sixty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women with the priority theme "Innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls”.

UN 2023 Water Conference

22 to 24 Mar 2023
The UN 2023 Water Conference will take place at UN Headquarters in New York, co-hosted by Tajikistan and the Netherlands. The conference will feature an opening and closing ceremony, six plenary meetings and five multi-stakeholder interactive dialogues. It will also feature a number of high-level special events and side events organized by Member States, the UN system and other stakeholders.

PaRD's Leadership Meeting

27 to 29 Mar 2023
PaRD's Leadership is meeting annualy to discuss plans and strategies for the global Alliance. In 2023, the Leadership, consisting of the Steering Group and the Co-Leads of the Work-Streams, Work Groups and Initiatives, meets in Friedrichsdorf close to Frankfurt am Main (Germany).

International Parliamentarians' Conference on the Promotion of FoRB

1 to 4 May 2023
The International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief (IPPFoRB) and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) will organise the International Parliamentarians' Conference on the promotion of freedom of religion or belief (FoRB).The overarching theme for the Conference in 2023 is Leave No One Behind: The Role of Freedom of Religion or Belief in Advancing Human Flourishing and Just Societies.

United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF)

10 to 19 Jul 2023
The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will be held under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council. The theme will be "Accelerating the recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels”.

Women Deliver (WD2023)

17 to 20 Jul 2023
As one of the largest multi-sectoral convenings to advance gender equality, the Women Deliver 2023 Conference and Global Dialogue are co-created by grassroots advocates, multilateral governments, the private sector, philanthropies, and youth. The theme of WD2023 is Spaces, Solidarity, and Solutions. WD2023 will enable inclusive and co-created spaces that foster solidarity for sustainable solutions on gender equality.

G20 Summit

9 to 10 Sept 2023
The 18th G20 Heads of State and Government Summit will take place in New Delhi. The Summit will be a culmination of all the G20 processes and meetings held throughout the year among ministers, senior officials, and civil societies. A G20 Leaders' Declaration will be adopted at the conclusion of the New Delhi Summit, stating Leaders' commitment towards the priorities discussed and agreed upon during the respective ministerial and working group meetings.

World Health Summit 2023

15 to 17 Oct 2023
The World Health Summit is the unique international strategic forum for global health. Held annually in Berlin, it brings together stakeholders from politics, science, the private sector, and civil society from around the world to set the agenda for a healthier future by inspiring innovative solutions for better health and well-being for all. The World Health Summit 2023 takes place in Berlin, Germany and online.

COP 28

30 Nov to 12 Dec 2023
The 28th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 28) to the UNFCCC will convene late this year. It will take place in the United Arab Emirates. More information to follow.

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Reading Recommendations

PaRD: Turning Potential into Partnership

This flyer gives a brief introducation and overview of the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development's (PaRD).

Freedom of Religion or Belief for Everyone: Women in Focus

This booklet by Stefanus Alliance from 2021 discusses why women are targeted differently than men and how women's rights and freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) go hand in hand.

Southern Africa Regional Forum on Religion & Covid-19

This report summarises key findings on the role of religious actors in the Covid-19 response in the Southern Africa region and its implications for working with religious actors towards sustainable development.

Click here for more publications!

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