The role of faith communities in Latin America and the Caribbean in advocating sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in a path to achieve SDGs
Monday, 12 July 2021
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Virtual (NY Time)

Side Event

World Conference of Religions for Peace with Inter-Religious Alliance for the 2030 Agenda, Latin American Catholic Episcopal Council (CELAM), Latin American and Caribbean Secretariat of Caritas (SELACC), Latin American Council of Churches (CLAI), Action by Churches Together Alliance (ACT Alliance), Central America Program, Lutheran World Federation (LWF), Alliance of Presbyterian and Reformed Churches of Latin America (AIPRAL), World Vision, Regional Ecumenical Advisory and Service Center (CREAS)

Religious communities and faith-based organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean will explore their cooperative role to advocate for the SDGs to confront the weaknesses highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic, such as 1 on no poverty, 2 on zero hunger, 3 on good health and well-being, 8 on decent work and economic growth, 10 on reduced inequalities, 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions, and 17 on partnerships, in an inclusive and effective path for the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and the achievement of the 2030 Agenda in the region, within the Decade of Action, on the level of people action as faith communities, to participate in the unstoppable movement pushing for the required transformations.

The COVID-19 pandemic reaffirmed the dire urgency of building fair and sustainable societies that would address inequalities and guarantee citizenship and rights for all.

The side-event will allow religious leaders and representatives of faith-based organizations in the region to speak from their own identities, at the same time recognizing its religious diversity, about the realities and specificities of the poorest, most marginalized and vulnerable populations they accompany. On the other hand, the special event will give evidence of the enormous commitment from religious communities and faith-based organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean for a transformative recovery, which is a key requisite for implementation of the 2030 Agenda. They are advocating to eradicate poverty in all its forms, to end structural injustice and to move towards a different future in the region.

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