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Keeping faith in 2030: Religions and the sustainable development goals

1:00pm-1:10pm on Thursday 1 April

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The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an immense effort to plan, deliver, and measure global development, from the provision of basic needs to averting ecological catastrophe and achieving more equitable societies. With their emphasis on sustainability, the SDGs seek to map out a locally adaptable framework that was devised in the  largest civil society consultation ever held. Arguably, religious actors are key to securing local adaptability and sustainability in development cooperation, given their propensity to organise political communities, to translate global ideals into vernacular idioms, and to formulate ethical positions that may or may not be in line with some of the goals and targets the UN seeks to deliver. Yet as current research indicates, religious development actors have hardly been involved in the SDG planning so far and are often sidelined in its implementation. Based on insights from a series of workshops and interviews with local and global faith-based organisations in Ethiopia and India, Dr Jörg Haustein will show why the UN has failed to local mobilise religious communities and faith actors around the SDGs in both countries and what must change in to include them in a real grass-roots approach to sustainable development.

This talk is part of the Quick Bites // Religion and Theology at Lunchtime series.

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Age: Young Adults 12 – 18, Adults
Timing: Available on Demand, Live Stream
Cost: Free
Theme: Society, Environment

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