Monday, May 16, 2016

Challenges and Commitments for our Communities of Faith

With joy I participated in the Interreligious Conference entitled “Objectives for Sustainable Development” (OSD) which discussed the challenges and commitments of our faith communities, organized by the Interreligious Counsel in Peru.  One of the most significant moments for me was understanding that the Agenda 2030, which contains the 17 objectives for sustainable development, responds to the concrete faces of people throughout the world.  It was created though extensive consultation.  Through this, the word ‘Ubunto’ became clear: “I am when you are.”

The presenter from the United Nations indicated that the Agenda 2030 is meant to orient the public politics of the country, because every country that signs on has a responsibility to fulfill these common goals. 

The event, which was held in the auditorium of the United Nations in Lima, included the participation of religious leaders who are working for a more just, humane, spiritual, and peaceful world.  For the working group in which I participated, we indicated that all of our work should place first the earth, our common home, the creation of God.  Therefore, objective number 4, which highlights Quality Education, is definitely one of the priorities. 

After an interesting interreligious dialogue, we committed ourselves to working on the promotion of a more dignified life for all, because we are all responsible for implementing these objectives. 

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