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FFOP Global Summit 2024 – European Parliament

Belief in Action:
Aligning Faith & Policy for Climate Progress

How Religious leadership Can Engage Policymakers in Mobilizing Youth, Women, And Finance For Climate Action

Overview

FFOP (Faith For Our Planet) will deliver its annual Global Summit in the European Parliament with a view to encouraging meaningful dialogue and collaboration between EU and Global South faith leaders and policymakers, situating them as natural partners, collaborators, and pioneers for a new chapter in the global climate movement.

The Summit will convene 150 luminaries: top-tier climate experts, revered faith leaders, notable activists, and key EU policymakers and offers policymakers an avenue to understand how Faith-Based Organizations (FBOs) can support global climate endeavors.

 

Why the European Parliament?

The European Union (EU) has been actively involved in addressing climate change for many years and has developed numerous initiatives, programmes, and strategies that prioritize community engagement, including those involving partners from the Global South.

As such it holds significant symbolic and real-world value as a partner in the summits dialogue between policymakers and faith leaders. The EU’s many climate initiatives that focus on global South engagement such as the EU Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA+), the EU-Africa Green Energy Initiative and the EU External Investment Plan (EIP) amongst others – stand to benefit from an enriched understanding of how to leveraging FBO’s in their work. 

 

 

Summit Goals

Building Global Partnerships: Bridging the EU Policy and Global South Faith Communities:

  • Establish a vital link between the EU and Global South faith groups, ensuring effective reach and implementation of EU climate initiatives internationally.
  • Values driven collaboration: Inform strategies on how to align climate policy strategies with the cultural and moral values of impacted communities.
 

Filling Knowledge Gaps: Enriching Policymaker Understanding:

  • Strategic Optimization: Enhancing understanding of faith-based groups allowing policymakers to refine climate outreach approaches for broader global resonance and implementation effectiveness.
 

Leveraging Faith-Based Resources for Climate Action:

  • Resource Utilization: Faith organizations control substantial land, forests, and institutions capable of supporting important climate policy goals.
  • Innovative Financing: religious philanthropy and climate financing, presenting policymakers with new faith-based funding options for climate initiatives.
 

Grassroots Mobilization: Driving Climate Initiatives at the Local Level

  • Grassroots Mobilization: leverage the unique capacity of Global South faith leaders to drive local action and speeding up the adoption of climate strategies at the community level.
 

Promoting Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  • Align faith-driven initiatives with the United Nations’ SDGs, focusing on ecological sustainability and social justice.

 

Summit Participants

In addition to H.E. Sheikh Dr Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa; Secretary General, Muslim World League, we will be joined by several global luminaries, including Environment Ministers from Global South Nations, EU And African Union Policy Officials, Parliamentary Representatives, global religious leaders and representatives of major environmental institutions and NGOs.  Notable youth and female climate leaders will also be present.

 

Summit Program

The following section outlines the summit’s thematic focus and learning objectives in the form of panel events and presentations:

Youth Engagement: Faith on the Frontlines: Youth Responses to the Climate Crisis: Sharing powerful narratives from FFOP Fellowship Alumni, particularly from the Global South, on how faith has inspired hope and strengthened the cooperation and community necessary for effective environmental action.

Learning outcomes: Delegates will gain actionable insights into leveraging youth narratives for effective climate policymaking, particularly from climate-impacted regions.

 

The Role Of Women Of Faith – Assess the implications of underrepresentation of women in climate policies, while exploring how policymakers can engage women of Faith to scale climate initiatives.

Learning outcomes: Understanding the vital role of women in climate leadership and strategies to integrate their perspectives into global climate policies.

 

Religious Philanthropy in Climate Action: Leveraging Religious Philanthropy – Exploring the role of various faith-based philanthropic institutions that raise hundreds of billions of dollars per annum, in global climate financing.

Learning outcomes: Recognizing how religious philanthropy can intersect with and contribute towards traditional climate financing objectives.

 

Faith Across Borders: Strategies for Africa-Europe Climate Collaboration: Representatives from the African Union and EU discuss collaborative strategies involving faith communities in climate action and sustainability.

Learning outcomes: Develop frameworks for faith-driven collaborative strategies between Africa and Europe for effective climate action and sustainability.