On 7 July, the Asia Pacific Faith-Based Coalition for Sustainable Development (APFC), which SGI is one of the founding organizations, hosted a side event titled “Faith-Based Organizations Accelerating Action and Delivery in Advancing the 2030 Agenda: Partnership in Action in Asia-Pacific” during the UN High-Level Political Forum. The event served as an opportunity for participants to share best practices and generate partnerships to realize the decade of action and delivery in furthering achievements on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Asia-Pacific region through effective partnerships between states, international organizations, civil society organizations, and faith-based organizations (FBOs).
At the event, panelists and participants discussed the role of FBOs in promoting the SDGs. Swami Agnivesh, an Indian social activist, discussed the role of interfaith cooperation, and Shinji Kubo, UNHCR representative from the Philippines, stressed the importance of collaborating with faith communities in humanitarian work, especially in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Katherine Marshall, Senior Fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, emphasized the critical role FBOs should play in intervening in global challenges, such as gender-based violence and access to education, and creating fostering societies where no one is left behind.
Approximately 100 participants including representatives from UN agencies and civil society attended the event.[Note: The picture was taken at an APFC event in 2018]