IRI Event at the UN Environment Assembly

Above: Panelists presented the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative among other faith-based responses to the climate crisis at the UN Environment Assembly in March 2019 in Nairobi. Nairobi, Kenya In the middle of March, the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative held an event as part of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) which was moderated by Dr. Charles McNeill and included […]

The Vatican’s International Conference on Religions and the SDGs

Above: IRI Special Advisor Bishop Gunnar Stålsett greets His Holiness Pope Francis in March in the Vatican. Credit: Religions for Peace Vatican City, Rome In early March, IRI Special Advisor Bishop Gunnar Stålsett represented the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative at theInternational Conference on Religions and the SDGs at the Vatican. Bishop Stålsett briefed religious leaders in attendance (including […]

IRI Peru Country Program Launch Event

Above: Lizardo Cauper, President of the national Amazonian indigenous peoples’ organization AIDESEP, speaks with Fabiola Martha Muñoz Dodero, Minister of Environment, and Liliana La Rosa, Minister of Social Inclusion and Development, at the launch event of the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative in Peru, December 2018 Lima, Peru The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative Peru country program was launched […]

IRI Colombia Country Program Launch Event

Above: Representatives of indigenous peoples and the Catholic and Episcopal churches presented the Declaration of the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative at the public launch event in Bogotá, November 2018. Bogotá, Colombia The launch of the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative in Colombia took place in November 2018 in Bogotá in the first meeting of its kind in the […]

IRI Event at the Parliament of the World’s Religions

Above: Reverend Fletcher Harper, Executive Director of GreenFaith and Global Steering Committee member of the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative, introduces the panel of indigenous and interfaith leaders.  Toronto, Canada Prominent indigenous leaders from Brazil, Davi Kopenawa and Benki Piyanko Ashaninka spoke about the importance of the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative at the 2018 Parliament of the World’s […]

Parallel Session at the Oslo Tropical Forest Forum

Oslo, Norway As a contribution to the Oslo Tropical Forest Forum – one of the largest and most influential gatherings of forest experts – the initiative convened the parallel session, The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative: An Opportunity to Preach Beyond the Choir.  Moderated by Bishop Emeritus Gunnar Stålsett, the panel featured a discussion on the potential of […]

Briefing and Consultation at the COICA Assembly

Macapa, Brazil The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative was invited by the Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon River Basin (COICA) to contribute to the 4th Amazon Summit and the 2nd Amazonian Women’s Congress and brief indigenous peoples from all nine countries of the Amazon and consult on how the initiative should be designed to bolster, […]

Participation in the International Conference on the Third Anniversary of Laudato Si’

Vatican City, Rome A delegation representing the initiative was invited to travel to the Vatican to participate in the conference “Saving Our Common Home and The Future of Life on Earth” to mark the third anniversary of the Pope Francis encyclical, Laudato Si’.  The initiative featured prominently in the deliberations, with remarks from H.E. Ola Elvestuen, […]

Briefing and Consultation at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

UN Headquarters, New York As a contribution to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative hosted a briefing and consultation to solicit input on its global advocacy work and plans for country programs in Brazil, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Indonesia and Peru. The event included a briefing from a […]