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Building forward in Faith towards a Just Recovery
Africa Faith Leaders Initiative on SDGs (AFLI)
Asia Pacific Faith-Based Coalition for Sustainable Development (APFC)
Inter-Religious Alliance for the 2030 Agenda in Latin America and the Caribbean
Wishing to emphasise and add a voice of faith to the SDGs reviewed at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2021, the statement "Building forward in Faith towards a Just Recovery" is a response by regional faith-based networks for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - from Africa, Asia, and Latin America & Caribbean (LAC) - to the Ministerial Declaration made at the online Forum.
Issued within the framwork of the meeting and with particular reference to challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Statement expresses commitment to “achieve greater synergy among faith leaders in harnessing our spiritual and cultural resources for a more cohesive and inclusive society [...]”. It recognises efforts made by, among others, regional faith-based networks for the SDGs; commends progress and commitment by National Governments, and acknowledges the requirement of strengthened cooperation among all stakeholders, including faith leaders who bring a moral voice and grassroots action to the Global Sustainable Agenda 2030.
Parties to the statement emphasise and respond to four SDGs, including SDG 16 on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions in which they declare: "Faith actors and community leaders have rich
historical knowledge, spiritual, and cultural resources that should be harnessed by Governments and all stakeholders in pursuit of a more just, equal and peaceful society. Making public institutions responsive and accountable to the people who have been left in poverty should be at the center of action. On the other hand, a concerted effort towards promoting Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) will contribute greatly to achieving an inclusive and cohesive society[...]".