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SGI Presents on Climate Initiatives at ECOS Community Call

In Environment and Climate Justice by SGI OUNA

On 10 March, Alexandra Goossens-Ishii and Hayato Yamashita of SGI presented at the Education, Communication & Outreach Stakeholders Community (ECOS) community call. These community calls have been an opportunity for ECOS members to collaborate and enhance climate change education, communication, and outreach. During the community call, Goossens-Ishii and Yamashita presented an overview of SGI’s engagement with the UN and some …

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Online Launch of “Seeds of Hope & Action” Exhibition

In Environment and Climate Justice, Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

On 25 and 26 February, the “Seeds of Hope & Action: Making the SDGs a Reality” exhibition was launched through three online events; two in English and one in Spanish. This exhibition, co-created by Earth Charter International (ECI) and SGI is the successor to the “Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps toward change” exhibition that was launched in 2010. The …

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Faiths Unite: Visions for Transformative Climate Action

In Environment and Climate Justice, Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

From late October to early November, SGI co-organized a 3-part interactive online event series “Faiths Unite: Visions for Transformative Climate Action,” together with several faith-based organizations active in the Interfaith Liaison Committee (ILC) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  The events gathered hundreds of participants from various backgrounds, including faith leaders, scientists, and policymakers.  At the first …

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Global Call for the Recognition of the Right to a Healthy Environment

In Environment and Climate Justice, Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

On 11 September, more than 950 civil society organizations, social movements, local communities and Indigenous Peoples worldwide issued a Global Call for the UN Human Rights Council to recognize without delay the human right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment. The Call states, in part:  “A healthy environment is essential for human life and dignity. The air we …

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Call for a Special Procedures Mandate on Human Rights and Climate Change

In Environment and Climate Justice, Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

During the 45th Session of the Human Rights Council, SGI, together with other members of the Geneva Interfaith Forum on Climate Change, the Environment and Human Rights, issued a written and an oral statement calling for the establishment of such a special procedures mandate on human rights and climate change. While acknowledging the ongoing efforts of the Council in responding to the …

Written Statement on COVID-19 and Climate Change at the 44th Session of the Human Rights Council 

In Environment and Climate Justice, Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

On 17 June, during the 44th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, the Geneva Interfaith Forum on Climate Change, the Environment and Human Rights, of which SGI is a member, issued a written statement on COVID-19 and climate change. The statement recalls that the COVID-19 pandemic and human-induced climate change are rooted in an unjust and ecologically unsustainable economic system …

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Join the 3-Part Interactive Online Series, Faiths Unite For Climate!

In Environment and Climate Justice, Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

The Interfaith Liaison Committee of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) welcomes friends from around the world to learn, discuss and explore climate action in the run-up to what should have been COP26. We welcome members from different religious communities, alongside scientists and policymakers, to meet and share their visions for faith-based climate action in 2020. Online Event …

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IUCN Virtual Dialogue: Spiritual Perspectives for a New Normal

In Environment and Climate Justice, Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

On 25 June, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) held a virtual dialogue with representatives from various faith and spiritual traditions to share their visions for a “new normal” in a post-2020 world.   Alexandra Masako Goossens-Ishii of SGI was invited to contribute to the first IUCN Virtual Dialogue of the #BuildBackBetter series from a Buddhist perspective, addressing …

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Interfaith Webinar Series on Human Rights, Ethics, and Climate Change

In Environment and Climate Justice, Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

As COP26, the United Nations Climate Change Conference, scheduled for 2020, was postponed and the 44th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC44) in June was held virtually for the most part with no side events by civil society, the Geneva Interfaith Forum on Climate Change, Human Rights and the Environment (GIF) decided to contribute to and inform discussions …

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UN Climate Change Conference COP 25 in Madrid

In Environment and Climate Justice, Sustainable Development by SGI OUNA

Alexandra Masako Goossens-Ishii of SGI participated in the UN Climate Change Conference COP 25 held in Madrid, Spain on 2-13 December 2019. She joined ACT Alliance in its efforts to coordinate participation by FBOs and faith communities. She also joined the collaborative work of the Interfaith Liaison Committee of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which released the …