New York, September 22, 2016

The Moral Imperative convened to discuss next steps to end extreme poverty by 2030. Previously, the group met to sign the Faith-Based Action Framework, including partners from faith-based organizations and religious groups, World Bank and UN representatives. The three working groups (evidence, advocacy and collaboration) gave updates on work over the past year. The intention of the Working Groups is to foster collaboration among key faith-based leaders and organizations, World Bank and UN agencies to discern the best way to implement the Faith-based Action Framework to End Poverty and Advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

JLI Coordinator, Jean Duff, co-moderates the Evidence Working Group along with Dean Pallant from the Salvation Army. The Evidence Group is comprised of over 20 faith-based organizations and is currently piloting their collaborative Guide.

The morning ended with breakout groups and large group discussion on implications for next steps in meeting the SDGs. Additionally, the afternoon session focused on faith and refugees and forced migration.

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Faith for International Assistance (FIA) has launched a new website that is a helpful resource for faith groups and the global health and development assistance sectors:

FIA seeks to strengthen U.S. public support and funding for global health and development assistance through the voice and lens of faith. The website and information generated by Faith for International Assistance (FIA) and others, gathered in one place, seeks to be on-going and valuable resource for all.

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The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, and the Secretary General of the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID), H.E. Faisal Bin Abdulrahman Bin Muaammar, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding reaffirming their commitment to promoting inter-religious and cross-cultural dialogue.

“This agreement is an opportunity for us to challenge the idea that diversity is a problem today, to promote it as a dynamic force and an enriching factor that renews humanity and enlarges opportunities,” declared Director-General Bokova.

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Anglican Alliance’s Church-Community Mobilisation (CCM), also knowns as Umoja (meaning “Together”), and Awaken, is building capacity among local church communities throughout the world to catalyze grassroots development. Anglicans, as well as other denominations, are involved in this work. The Anglican Alliance is looking to highlight local churches’ work by sharing stories and lessons learned from communities around the world.  Learn more about this approach and Anglican Alliance’s work in Capacity Building.