15.11. – 17.11.2016 | UNSSC: Engaging with Faith Organizations and Communities for Sustainable Development


The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a plan for people, planet and prosperity. While governments are called upon to lead its implementation at the national level, governments alone cannot do it all. To fully achieve sustainable development by 2030, partnerships with other stakeholders are essential. Faith organizations and communities play an important role in moving the Agenda 2030 forward.


With more than 80% of people expressing a religious affiliation, there is a growing recognition that faith has the potential to play an active role in providing significant moral, social and political agency for advancing inclusive and sustainable development. Religions are the oldest, deepest-rooted and most widely connected human institutions with the capacity to undertake change and transformation. Indeed, religious institutions, communities of faith and faith-based organizations are deeply involved in critical development and humanitarian relief activities, including in entrenched situations of conflict. In the context of the new sustainable development agenda, it is timely to examine the objectives, modalities and outcomes of partnering with these organizations. This Strategic Learning Exchange (SLE) will examine the nature of development and humanitarian work, the timeframes for intervention and the types of partnerships that are and can be pursued.

This SLE is conducted in collaboration with UNFPA, UNAIDS, UNHCR, and the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD). PaRD is ​ a unique multi-sectoral mechanism,  ​convening bilateral donor countries, a number of UN ​system entities, including the World Bank, and religious/faith-based organizations (FBOs), ​all of whom share the vision ​of strengthening partnerships which would​ ​leverage the positive impact of ​faith-inspired engagement towards ​realizing the Agenda 2030.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, participants will

  • Have an increased understanding of the linkages between faith, development and humanitarian work in the context of the Agenda 2030;
  • Be able to identify and articulate opportunities, challenges and modalities for UN partnerships with religious communities and faith-based organizations in development and humanitarian work; and,
  • Critically assess current UN and development/humanitarian agencies’ collaborative partnerships with religious institutions and faith-based organizations and identifying the key elements, methods and tools needed to strengthen such partnerships.


Through interactive and participatory sessions, combined with inputs from subject matter experts, this Strategic Learning Exchange (SLE) discusses the linkages between faith and humanitarian/development work in the context of the new sustainable agenda.

Target Audience

UN international and national headquarters and field professional-level personnel and partners from international organizations, bilateral development agencies, NGOs (including faith-based organizations), and religious institutions.

Cost of Participation

The course is offered at a fee of USD 1,500 per participant, covering the following:

  • Three days of training with a balance of presentations, full group and small group work on case studies and exercises;
  • Exclusive access by participants and speakers to online platform for training and supporting background materials and to stay connected with colleagues;
  • All course materials, resources and contacts.

Participants are expected to cover all travel costs related to their attendance in the course. Accommodation in a hotel in town will be booked in advance by the UNSSC; however, the accommodation costs will be borne by the participants.

Certificates of attendance from the UN System Staff College will be awarded to participants who complete the course.


To register, please go to http://bit.ly/FBO2016. Deadline of registration is November 8, 2016. You may download the flyer at http://bit.ly/FBOFlyer.

For questions, please email sustainable-development@unssc.org.

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Source: Notification UNSSC, 16.09.2016