Participants on the PaRD convention 2022 in Bali, Indonesia. All photographs credit score: PaRD/GIZ
ISKCON India’s Director of Communications Yudhistir Govinda Das spoke on the just lately concluded annual convention of the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD), a Germany-based group whose members embody 123 Faith-based Organizations (FBOs) and 15 authorities and multilateral entities, in Bali, Indonesia.
The four-day convention organized on the sidelines of the G20 Summit noticed the participation of presidency officers, religion leaders, academicians, and civil society leaders from greater than 30 nations who got here collectively to debate sensible measures in advancing sustainable improvement by means of the participation of non secular actors.
“As per a number of surveys, practically 70% of the inhabitants identifies themselves by means of a non secular id. Governments and policymakers around the globe at the moment are waking as much as the truth that Faith-based organizations and spiritual leaders play a significant function within the technique of improvement. This is why businesses like United Nations are extra actively partaking with religion communities to seek out options which might be life like and sensible.” mentioned Yudhistir Govinda Das, who can be a Fellow of KAICIID, a multilateral establishment based mostly in Lisbon which works for selling dialogue amongst spiritual communities.
Speaking in a 90-minute panel dialogue on the subject of ‘Role of Religious communities in responding to Natural Disasters’, Yudhistir Govinda Das shared the challenges confronted, the significance of collaborating with FBOs throughout such occasions, and harassed the necessity for members of non secular teams to advertise and follow an easier and self-satisfied life, the absence of which results in varied social and ecological challenges.
He highlighted the work of ISKCON’s members and volunteers who’ve served as first responders throughout varied pure and man-made calamities by offering meals reduction, medical help, and counseling to the victims.
“While some members knew the work of ISKCON within the areas of spirituality and tradition, exchanges like these spotlight the essential contributions of ISKCON be it for catastrophe reduction, environmental preservation, offering rural literacy and employment alternatives. These are the principle pillars of a sustainable mannequin on the coronary heart of which is the religious teachings,” added Yudhistir Govinda Das.
Notable audio system included Ministers and senior authorities officers from Denmark, Indonesia, Italy, Germany, USA together with officers from varied UN and multilateral businesses. The addition of main civil society teams made the convention successful as per the suggestions of the individuals.