The Church of Sweden

Water and Faiths: Faith Based Organizations contributing to the SDGs

Monday 29 August | 16.00-17.30 | Room: NL Auditorium

Faith-based Organizations play today an important role in Community Development and many are also involved in concrete activities concerning environmental and water issues at local level. However, their role and participation in strategic development is not sufficiently recognized by the Water Community. If the SDGs are to be met in just 15 years, we will more than ever need the contribution of key actors such as Faith-based Organizations who can actively contribute to a change, especially at local level. This clealry responds to the call of the United Nations to consolidate multi-stakeholders platforms as a means of implementation of the SDGs. This session proposes to invite several guest speakers who will represent different faiths, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, and Christians to present the work they do at local level on water issues. They are working in Mongolia, India, Sri Lanka, Peru, Europe and Africa. In addition, the session proposes to explore the ways in which can Faith based Organizations can contribute to the achievement of the water related SDGs at various levels, as well as what is needed to actively build partnerships between Faith based Organizations and the Water Community.


16:00  Introduction

  •  Lead Moderator: Karin Lexén, Director of World Water Week, International Policy and Prizes

16:05  Welcoming Speech

  • Rt Revd Thomas Söderberg, Bishop Emeritus of Västerås, Church of Sweden

16:15  Keynote Address on Faith and Development

  • His Eminence Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Vatican

16:25  Invitation to the Panel

  • Dr Jerry Priscoli, Global Water Partnership Technical Chair and Panel Moderator

16:30  Panel Discussion on Faith and Water related SDGs 

  • Professor Houria Tazi Sadeq, President of the Water Alliance of Morocco, presenting a Muslim perspective
  • H.E. Khamba Lama Prof. Dr. Natsagdorj, First Lama of Mamba Datsan of Mongolia, presenting a Buddhist perspective
  • Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp, Human Rights Advocate and Global Environmental Activitist, presenting a Jewish perspective
  • Dr Kiran Bali, Global Hindu Faith Leader and Climate Action Ambassador, presenting a Hindu perspective
  • Dr Dinesh Suna, Coordinator, Ecumenical Water Network, World Council of Churches, presenting a Christian perspective

17:10 Discussion with the Audience

17:25 Conclusion

  • Mr  Peter Weiderud, Director, Swedish Institute Alexandria