In the morning of December 12th, 2016, the Chinese version of the book Voices from Religions on Sustainable Development, translated by the Amity Foundation, was released at the International Conference on Religions, Values, Ethics and Development in Nanjing, China. Participants included Vice President and General Sectary Qiu Zhonghui, Senior Consultant Dr. Theresa Carino, Xie Ying, Executive Director of the Geneva Office, Research Coordinator Wu Meijuan from the Amity Foundation, and Ulrich Nitschke, Head of the Secretariat of the “International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development” (PaRD). “I hope this book will help people to realise the contribution of religion for social development,” said Dr. Theresa Carino, Senior Consultant of the Amity Foundation, who coordinated the translation in close cooperation with the GIZ Sector Programme Values, Religion and Development.
The original English version of the book Voices from Religions on Sustainable Development was published by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Its publication marked the launch of PaRD during the international Berlin conference Partners for Change – Religions and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in February 2016.The book illustrates that religion can be part of the solution to the global challenges we face. It brings together the multifaceted wisdom of nine religions and one indigenous tradition on sustainable development. More than 25 inspiring followers, theologians, practitioners and academics from the Bahá’í Faith, Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Daoism, Hinduism, Indigenous traditions, Islam, Judaism, and the Sikh Religion share their spiritual and religious insights on the five dimensions of the new Agenda 2030: Planet, People, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership. Without claiming any form of representative authority, their authentic contributions increase our knowledge of religions and describe how religious actors promote development. The book demonstrates that common spiritual values are at the heart of all religious and indigenous traditions – and that bringing these virtues to life can contribute to overcoming environmental destruction, poverty, forced migration, corruption, terror, discrimination and injustice. The authors give cause for optimism that the Sustainable Development Goals of Agenda 2030 signed by 193 nations at the United Nations in September 2015 can be achieved through a conscious individual and collective effort.
Xie Ying hopes that the book will contribute to the global development discussion in China
Theresa Carino speaks about the importance of faith in sustainable development
The International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD) was established in February 2016 at the Berlin conference “Partners for Change – Religions and the 2030 Agenda”. It brings together members and partners from all over the world in order to harness the positive impact of religion in sustainable development and humanitarian assistance. Membership of PaRD is voluntary and open to all bilateral donor countries and multilateral development agencies. Partners are civil society and non-governmental organisations such as religious organisations, secular NGOs, community initiatives, foundations, academic institutions and other relevant development organisations. PaRD recognises the crucial role these groups of actors play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda. Therefore, PaRD aims at greater and institutionalized communication and coordination between secular and non-secular actors, while fostering new synergies through cooperation of its members and partners. In addition, PaRD uses synergies with existing networks and initiatives to contribute towards a more coherent and effective international agenda on religion and development.
For more information visit www.partner-religion-development.org.