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Environment, religion and culture in the context of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development

dc.contributor.authorUnited Nations Environment Programme
dc.date.accessioned2016-10-11T20:07:28Z
dc.date.available2016-10-11T20:07:28Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.isbn978-92-807-3591-8
dc.identifier.otherRSO/2026/NA
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11822/8696
dc.descriptionCritical action is needed by the international community to address urgent and increasing environmental degradation, and related challenges of social and economic unsustainability. Religion and culture can significantly address climate change, biodiversity and ecosystem loss, pollution, deforestation, desertification and unsustainable land and water use, and other urgent issues identified in a shared vision by all nations in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Through integrating environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda, religious and cultural communities can also promote strong, inclusive, green, sustainable and transformative economies, based on circularity, sharing and collaboration, and alternative measures of growth and wellbeing. They can be instrumental in educating for more sustainable lifestyles and behaviours to achieve sustainable consumption and production, and in considering the impact of their actions on others. They can significantly contribute to ending extreme poverty, leaving no one behind when addressing multi-dimensional poverty and related challenges such as the rights of women, youth and minorities, and access for all to basic services. They can promote innovative nature-based solutions, respect for traditional knowledge and cultural diversity, exercise environmental stewardship and duty of care, build an ethic of global and local citizenship, promote good governance, tolerance, and reconciliation, and build safe, inclusive and peaceful societies. It has become more urgent than ever to promote and disseminate morals, values, behaviours and creative solutions conducive to attaining the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. This universal agenda, and the emerging understanding of the points of religious agreement in environmental ethics, can be the corner stones for a common vision that enhances the role of religion and culture in achieving sustainability. Inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue can converge on a few insights, among them that of nature as sacred, and the rights of nature, both of which are shared by most organized religions and indigenous peoples, and many natural scientists. Among the many positive actions – large and small – are the 2030 Agenda and SDGs, and the Paris Climate Change. Agreement
dc.descriptionthe actions of faith based declarations and statements, especially in relation to climate change
dc.descriptionthe actions of indigenous cultural leaders in support of greater rights and respect of cultural diversity
dc.descriptionand the 7 million voices that engaged in vision setting in the run up to the 2030 Agenda and SDGs. These have all come together in a historic year of 2015, and provide tremendous opportunities for building a global partnership for shifting the paradigm and addressing the crucial challenges of our era, both for humanity today as well as for future generations.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherUnited Nations Environment Programme
dc.rightsPublicen_US
dc.subjectprosperity
dc.subjecteconomic growth
dc.subjectsustainable consumption
dc.subjectpartnership
dc.subjectsustainable development goals
dc.subjectenvironment
dc.subjectreligion
dc.subjectculture
dc.subjectenvironmental protection
dc.subject.classificationClimate Change
dc.subject.otherRSO/2026/NA
dc.titleEnvironment, religion and culture in the context of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development
dc.typeReports and Books
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wd.identifier.sdgSDG 1 - No Poverty
wd.identifier.sdgSDG 2 - No Hunger
wd.identifier.sdgSDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
wd.identifier.sdgSDG 4 - Quality Education
wd.identifier.sdgSDG 5 - Gender Equality
wd.identifier.sdgSDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
wd.identifier.sdgSDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
wd.identifier.sdgSDG 8 - Good Jobs and Economic Growth
wd.identifier.sdgSDG 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
wd.identifier.sdgSDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
wd.identifier.sdgSDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
wd.identifier.sdgSDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
wd.identifier.sdgSDG 13 - Climate Action
wd.identifier.sdgSDG 14 - Life Below Water
wd.identifier.sdgSDG 15 - Life on Land
wd.identifier.sdgSDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
wd.identifier.sdgSDG 17 - Partnerships
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