United Nations Environment Assembly
The United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) was held during the period 28 February to 2 March 2022, the theme of which was “Strengthening Actions for Nature to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals”. UNEA is open to civil society organizations that are accredited and upon registration.
Faith for Earth, in collaboration with a diverse group of faith organizations and leaders organized 25+ online dialogue sessions during the period 21 February – 4 March 2022.
The Faith for Earth Dialogue is open to all stakeholders, demonstrating the power and potential of faith-based organizations and faith leaders in shaping the discussions at UNEA as well as engaging in policy dialogue with other stakeholders including governments, major groups, cities, businesses and other civil society organizations.
The Faith for Earth Strategy has three main goals:
- Strengthen Partnership with Faith-Based Organizations’ Leadership for Policy Impact;
- Green Faith-Based Organizations’ Investments, Operations and Assets; and
- Establish an Accessible Knowledge-Based Support System.
Director – Faith for Earth
Brothers and Sisters,
It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the Faith for Earth Dialogue being held as part of the United Nations Environment Assembly 5.2 with the theme “Strengthening Actions for Achieving the SDGs”.
A moment in history is being created today to see hundreds of faith actors, academia, scientists, private sector, and other stakeholders coming together from around the world to celebrate the creation of the Divine. We are far from being content with the state of the environment. What we have is a moral and spiritual duty that also dictates on us to protect the gifts of the Divine.
Fifty years ago, the world woke up for the necessity that we need a new development paradigm that integrate the environment as an essential component in our economic and social wellbeing. Fifty years from now, our children and grandchildren will judge us on the state we left their only home. Today, either we leave a legacy that is based on our values, spiritual beliefs and ethics or we leave an inheritance that is governed by greed, selfishness, and materialism. Do we live with egoism, or we live with eco-ism? The call is ours and the answer is now.
Looking forward to welcoming you all in these exciting and interesting sessions, being led by you for you.
Director, Faith for Earth
A pdf file of the full program of panel sessions and speakers is available here: Faith for Earth.
The Final Statement
The final statement is available as a pdf file here: Faith for Earth 2022 Closing Statement
The final statement being read by Shantanu is available on YouTube here: Final Statement