IRI DRC secures declaration of commitment by religious leaders to work collaboratively in the promotion of sustainable development

With the aim of raising awareness among religious leaders and faith communities in the DRC who are members of the Conseil National des Religions pour la Paix (CNRP) and the Commission d’Intégrité et Médiation Electorale (CIME) of the seriousness of deforestation and the urgent need to halt deforestation, IRI DRC hosted a high-level briefing on: i) the context, theory of change and successes of IRI DRC; ii) the importance of involving religious leaders in the fight against deforestation, climate change, and the defense of the rights of Indigenous Peoples in the DRC; iii) the contribution of IRI DRC to the Six Commitments of the President of the DRC and the next steps in its implementation; iv) IRI DRC’s National Conference for Biodiversity around the vision “Living Forests, Emerging People” in the context of the International Day on Biodiversity; and v) the importance of involving religious leaders in the sustainable management of the wood fuel value chain. At the end of the meeting, 34 religious leaders signed a declaration of commitment to support IRI DRC in carrying out its mission, and to work together in combatting climate change through the promotion of sustainable development. Click here to view the article published by IRI DRC on the high-level briefing. Media coverage of the high-level briefing can be accessed here.