In this joint Policy Brief by UNEP Faith for Earth Initiative and the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID), priority challenges are presented by climate change as cross-cutting, impacting human activity, biodiversity and ecosystems with only 23% of the environment-related SDG Indicators on track for the target. 

Transitioning to a more sustainable future requires a new environmental governance system and the engagement of the full spectrum of society and the employment of innovative approaches that protect the natural environment based on behavioural and ethical changes in environmental governance. The stewardship role of leaders of religious and indigenous communities is a valuable resource in building such an innovative model.

- Iyad Abumoghli (UNEP Faith for Earth Initiative) & Nayana Jayarajan (KAICIID)

The Brief focuses on the Way Forward, presenting an innovative and integrated model for global environmental governance that is coherent and calls for the integration of the diverse expressions of one's moral duty to protect the environment, particularly under the leadership of Faith Leaders, Faith-Based Organisations (FBOs) and faith actors.

Adopting an ethics and values-based approach where humans learn to live in harmony with nature and with one another is critical in addressing the 2030 Agenda that is people-centered and acknowledges that a healthy planet is an essential requirement for Sustainable Development.

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The Role of Environmental and Spiritual Ethics in Global Environmental Governance
The Role of Environmental and Spiritual Ethics in Global Environmental Governance
Document types
Climate change, governance