IRI at the Kofi Annan Faith Briefings
IRI Featured in G20 Interfaith Forum and Recommendation to G20 Osaka Summit
New York, USA
In July 2019, several representatives of the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative participated in the Kofi Annan Faith Briefings, convened during the UN High Level Political Forum and organized by the UN Interagency Task Force on Religion.
IRI Initiates Work in the DRC
In June 2019, 200 prominent religious leaders from around the world convened in Tokyo to discuss pressing global issues and issue policy recommendations to the leaders of the G20 Osaka Summit.
IRI at the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 (TFA 2020)
In May, members of the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative’s Global Steering Committee conducted an inception mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo where they explored with a wide range of stakeholders the possibility to launch a national program in the country.
IRI at the Governors' Climate and Forest Task Force (GCFTF)
In early May, Cardinal Pedro Barreto (Vice President of the Episcopal Conference of Peru and IRI Peru Advisory Council member) participated as a keynote speaker at the TFA Annual Meeting and associated press conference.
Forest Defenders at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
In early May, Rt. Rev. Francisco Duque-Gomez (President of the Episcopal Church of Colombia and the Inter-religious Council of Colombia) and Reverend Edgar Castaño (President of the Consejo Evangélico Colombiano - CEDECOL) participated as invited speakers in the closing session of the GCFTF Annual Meeting.
IRI Event at the UN Environment Assembly
New York, USA
An event titled, “Forest Defenders: New Threats and New Responses” was held at UN Headquarters as an Interfaith Rainforest Initiative contribution to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
The Vatican's International Conference on Religions and the SDGs
In the middle of March, the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative held an event as part of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).
IRI Peru Country Program Launch Event
Vatican City, Rome
In early March, IRI Special Advisor Bishop Gunnar Stålsett represented the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative at the International Conference on Religions and the SDGs at the Vatican.
IRI Colombia Country Program Launch Event
The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative Peru country program was launched in December 2018 in Lima after three eventful days of dialogue to find new ways to collaborate for the protection of Peru’s rainforests and indigenous peoples.
IRI Event at the Parliament of the World's Religions
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 country to bring religious communities together to find new ways to address the nation’s acute level of deforestation.
Participation in the International Conference on the Third Anniversary of Laudato Si’
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 Religions.
Parallel Session at the Oslo Tropical Forest Forum
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’.
Briefing and Consultation at the COICA Assembly
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.
Briefing and Consultation at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
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, enhance and advance their efforts to protect forests.
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.