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    ENGAGING RELIGION AND FAITH-BASED ACTORS ON AGENDA 2030/THE

    SDGS

    2017

    ANNUAL REPORT OF THE UNITED NATIONS INTER-AGENCY TASK FORCE ON ENGAGING FAITH-BASED

    ACTORS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

    2018 - The UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Engaging Faith-Based Actors for Sustainable

    Development/UN Task Force on Religion and Development

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    CONTENTS

    Introduction ................................................................................................................................................... 3

    Joint Activities of the UN Task Force Members in 2017 ......................................................................... 3

    References and Additional Resources ..................................................... Error! Bookmark not defined.

    IATF Chair: United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) ............................................................................. 5

    United Nations Office of the Secretary Generals Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide and the

    Responsibility to Protect (OGPRtoP) ........................................................................................................... 9

    Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) ...................................... 11

    Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) ...................................................................... 11

    United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) .................................................................................. 11

    United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) ........................................................................... 16

    United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) ......................................... 17

    United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)..........19

    Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)............................................... 21

    United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) ............................................................................................... 23

    United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) ................... 24

    World Bank (WB) ....................................................................................................................................... 25

    World Food Programme (WFP) .................................................................................................................. 26

    Appendix I: Mission, Objectives, Activities of the IATF ........................................................................... 28

    Appendix II: UN-System Wide Criteria of Engagement with Faith-Based Actors .................................... 29

    High Level Political Forum Report of Task Force Activities31

    Report of the Strategic Learning Exchange (SLE) on Religion, Development and Humanitarian Work 36

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    INTRODUCTION

    This report provides an overview of the engagement with faith-based actors and faith-related activities

    by the members of the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Engaging Faith-Based Actors for

    Sustainable Development (short: UN Task Force on Religion and Development or IATF-FBOs).

    Covering the year of 2016, it continues to present the annual highlights of this work as it was done for

    the first time in 2015 through the first UN IATF report covering the period from 2016 to 2017.

    The UN Task Force on Religion and Development consists of the following members:

    1. Chair: UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund)

    2. OGPRtoP (UN Office of the Secretary Generals Special Adviser on the Prevention of

    Genocide and the Responsibility to Protect)

    3. OHCHR (Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights)

    4. UNAIDS (Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS)

    5. UNAOC (United Nations Alliance of Civilizations)

    6. UN CTC (United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee)

    7. UN DESA (United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs)

    8. UNDP (United Nations Development Programme)

    9. UNDPI (United Nations Department of Public Information)

    10. UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)

    11. UNEP (United Nations Environmental Programme)

    12. UN Habitat (United Nations Human Settlements Programme)

    13. UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)

    14. UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund)

    15. UNV (United Nations Volunteers)

    16. UN Women (United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women)

    17. World Bank (WB)

    18. WFP (World Food Programme)

    19. WHO (World Health Organization)

    JOINT ACTIVITIES OF THE UN TASK FORCE MEMBERS IN 2017

    The UN Task Force on Religion and Development members have continued to jointly engage on key

    areas of advocacy, capacity building and knowledge management. The work with the over 500+ faith-

    based NGO partners which the diverse UN system offices have continues at national, regional and

    global levels. What will be shared here is a synopsis of some of the key highlights of UN Task Force

    joint activities which took place at the global level, with a focus on UN headquarters in New York.

    For the Advocacy highlights, the Task Force chose the High Level Political Forum series of events, a

    report of which is attached as Annex A.

    For the Capacity Building endeavors, the Task Force undertook two Strategic Learning Exchanges in a

    serial form. The reports are also attached as Annex B.

    For more information about the history and activities of the UN Task Force on Religion and

    Development, please see the following documents:

    IATF Report 2013-2015: Highlights of FBO Engagement by United Nations Entities 2013-

    2015 (UN IATF, 2015)

    file:///D:/Users/Karam/Downloads/%09http:/www.partner-religion-development.org/fileadmin/Dateien/Resources/Knowledge_Center/UNIATF-ToR-and-2014-Overview.pdffile:///D:/Users/Karam/Downloads/%09http:/www.partner-religion-development.org/fileadmin/Dateien/Resources/Knowledge_Center/UNIATF-ToR-and-2014-Overview.pdf

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    Realizing the Faith Dividend: Religion, Gender, Peace and Security in Agenda 2030 (UNFPA,

    2016)

    United Nations Inter-agency Consultation on Engagement with Faith-based Organizations:

    Proceedings Report (UNFPA, 9 July 2008)

    Global Forum of Faith-based Organisations for Population and Development (UNFPA, 2009)

    Website of the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD)

    Latest relevant Report of the Secretary-General:

    Promotion of a culture of peace and interreligious and intercultural dialogue, understanding and

    cooperation for peace (A/71/407, September 2016)

    http://www.partner-religion-development.org/fileadmin/Dateien/Resources/Knowledge_Center/50426_UNFPA_Donor-UN-FBO-Consultations_Web.pdfhttp://www.unfpa.org/sites/default/files/resource-pdf/proceedings_fbo.pdfhttp://www.unfpa.org/sites/default/files/resource-pdf/proceedings_fbo.pdfhttps://www.unfpa.org/sites/default/files/pub-pdf/global_forums_fbo.pdfhttp://www.partner-religion-development.org/http://digitallibrary.un.org/record/845722/files/A_71_407-EN.pdfhttp://digitallibrary.un.org/record/845722/files/A_71_407-EN.pdf

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    IATF-RELIGION AND DEVELOPMENT CHAIR: THE UNITED NATIONS POPULATION FUND (UNFPA)

    Together with and also on behalf of the UN Task Force, UNFPA convenes consultations with faith-

    based actors, Member States, and secular civil society partners, during key intergovernmental fora (e.g.

    World Interfaith Harmony Week, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the Commission on

    Population and Development, the High Level Political Forum and the General Assembly).

    For this 2017 Report, UNFPA has chosen to focus on one highlight from the global level, and mention

    a few key highlights from different countries.

    Highlights

    Global Advocacy Side Event to 50th Commission on Population and Development (CPD)

    During the Commission for Population and Development (CPD) 50th Session, UNFPA with other Co-

    sponsors organized the first ever side event (in the history of the CPD with a religious perspective on

    Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR).

    This side event highlights UNFPAs commitment to convene

    stakeholders; in this case FBOs which are in most cases at the frontlines

    of a vast array of community issues including SRHR. Additionally, the

    side event resonates UNFPAs appreciation of the double-edged nature of

    religion and culture to the attainment of SRHR for all and for youth in

    particular. UNFPA appreciates that many faith communities see their role

    as preserving traditions, culture and morality which can sometimes

    conflict with the changing world in which young people are forging their

    identities and making personal choices. Equally true is that UNFPA

    acknowledges that faith leaders are in a position of power when it comes

    to influencing norms, practices and human rights and dignity on the

    ground in their communities, as their guidance and authority has great

    influence on the lives of youth. The possibilities for faith communities to

    engage are multiple due to long history of engagement and large presence

    within health and education facilities and the trust that most faith leaders

    enjoy in communities. They can play a crucial