Partners for Change
Religions and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
International Conference, 17-18 February 2016, Berlin
With the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the international community has charted a path to ensure that all human beings can live life in dignity while respecting the boundaries of our planet. Yet, if we are to achieve these sustainable development goals, we need to change how we think and act at every level. In the long term, the goals can only be accomplished by building partnerships not only with those that appeal to people’s minds, but also with those that move their hearts.
Religion plays an integral role in all societies and is the most important source of values for many people. Any development policy that takes the individual seriously must also take his or her world view seriously. For most people, this world view is fundamentally shaped by their religion.
Furthermore, for many centuries now, religion has made a practical contribution towards meeting people’s basic social needs. In many developing countries, education and health care systems are inconceivable without this contribution.
Therefore, we can only truly breathe life into a new global partnership to implement the 2030 Agenda if religion plays a role. We would like to exchange ideas with you on how we can achieve this goal.
Share your thoughts on #religion4development.