After gaining Special Consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 2016, Woodenfish continues to extend its cooperative relationships with other organizations through UN channels. With the recommendation of Azza Karam—a senior advisor United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)—Woodenfish Foundation was invited to join the recently established International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD). We look forward to cooperating with a panel of international partners to further our mission of  “offering opportunities for scholastic inquiry and collaboration, and contemplative and cross-cultural peace training” to the greatest extent.

Established in February 2016 at the Berlin conference “Partners for Change—Religions and the 2030 Agenda,” PaRD strives to “bring together members and partners from all over the world in order to harness the positive impact of Religion and values in sustainable development and humanitarian assist...

March 15, 2017 | Launch Platform “Gender Equality and Religion for the Gender Responsive Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”

Building on the recognition established at the 60th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60) of the role of faith-based organizations (FBOs) in addressing the needs of women and girls - especially those facing multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination and marginalization –this year’s CSW featured an event launching a global Platform on “Gender Equality and Religion”, hosted at the

Canadian Permanent Mission to the United Nations.

UN Women, on behalf of the UN’s Interagency Task Force for Religion and Development (UNFPA/UNIATF), together with UK-Aid/ DFID and the International Partnership for Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD) collaborated on this seminal new initiative. This platform will aim to bring together religious and traditional leaders, leaders of faith based and civil society organizations, as well as gender and...

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Woodenfish Foundation is an organization in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations since 2016