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10 February 2020

Explore the role of faith in the 2030 Agenda

Photo: Beau Swierstra / Unsplash.

Faith based actors and indigenous communities have been recognised by the UN system as key and important players in eradicating poverty, improving people’s lives, protecting the environment and thus achieving sustainable development.

Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket) now offers a global advanced training in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP): a three-day course to explore the nexus of environment/climate and faith.  The course serves to enable the mobilisation of faith resources and collective action for a more sustainable planet.

In many countries, spiritual beliefs and religion are main drivers for social inclusion and economic prosperity. Utilising the dynamics of these beliefs at the local level and the role of faith actors is crucial for a sustainable planet. Research from United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has revealed that more than 190 environmental faith-based organisations including indigenous communities have been working at the global, regional and local levels in addressing climate change, energy conservation, sustainable use of biodiversity, and reforestation, among others. The course aims to draw on these experiences in building faith in partnerships for the 2030 Agenda.

The course is especially intented for desk officers, programme managers, policy advisers, head of sections and head of offices within civil society organisations, government agencies, UN agencies, academia, and the private sector, within Swedish development cooperation and Swedish humanitarian assistance.

Practical information

Course date: 16-18 March 2020

Last application date: 16 February 2020

Venue: In Sweden the course will be held at Sida Partnership Forum in Härnösand. Other learning hubs will be organized in Nairobi (Kenya), Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Jakarta (Indonesia), Pretoria (South Africa) and Amman (Jordan).

Language: English

Cost: Sida covers training costs for all participants including the provision of meals at the respective training sites. Sida will cover for per diem, neither for contributors nor for participants. For participants in the Swedish hub accommodation will be arranged at Sida Partnership Forum.

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