As the UNGA opened this week, faith leaders and international organisations came together to discuss the “Moral Imperative to End Extreme Poverty and Advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.
This historic event, co-sponsored by the World Council of Churches, the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Religion Development, the World Bank and other multi-religious organisations, mobilised a cross-section of faith-based and religious organisations to discuss tangible ways to realise the sustainable development goals and the end of extreme poverty.
The meeting, held at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City, served to strengthen the collaboration of faith-based organisations with governments, the UN, and World Bank Group.
A diversity of faith-based organisations were in attendance including the World Council of Churches, ACT Alliance, American Jewish World Service, Baha’i International Community, EcoSikh, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Religions for Peace, and World Vision International.
In a morning meeting specifically for faith leaders, organisations committed themselves to a Faith-based Action Framework to End Extreme Poverty, which outlines a series of strategies that faith leaders and communities are committed to in order to help end the scourge of extreme poverty and advance sustainable development.
- restoring right relationships among people
- affirming human dignity, and
- opening the door to the holistic development of all people
Multilateral representatives at the meeting included Thomas Gass, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs; Mahmoud Mohieldin, Corporate Secretary and President’s Special Envoy, World Bank Group; Luiz Loures, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director, UNAIDS; David Donoghue, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations; Azza Karam, Senior Advisor, Culture, United Nations Population Fund & Coordinator, UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Religion and Development; and Adam Taylor, Lead, Faith Initiative, World Bank Group.