Media Advisory – April 13

WHAT: Presentation of the Interfaith Climate Change Statement to the President of the UN General Assembly, H.E Mr. Mogens Lykketoft

WHERE: Church Center of the UN, 777 UN Plaza (1st Avenue and E. 44th Street)

WHEN:  Monday 18th April, 11-12 pm

The event will be followed by a PRESS CONFERENCE at the Center starting 12pm with speakers below. A Press Release will report highlights of the event and briefing, providing links to photos.

About: The Interfaith Climate Change Statement presents 250 global faith leaders’ from fifty countries positive judgement of the Paris Agreement and urges its prompt signature and ratification by governments so that it can come into force as soon as possible. The Statement also reaffirms the faith community’s support for increased ambition in climate change action and for the commitment to limit the global temperature rise to no more than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels. The Statement and the 18th April event serve to renew the strong commitment of the faith community to remain active in defining the moral responsibility to care for the Earth, as so powerfully stated in the Pope’s Encyclical, as well as in climate change statements by Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Islamic, Sikh and other faith leaders. In addition to the 250 high-level faith leaders, more than 3,600 individuals and 83 groups have signed the Interfaith Climate Change Statement.

Amongst the 250 signatories to the Interfaith Climate Change Statement are: Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences of the Holy See, three  Catholic Cardinals, The Very Rev. Thabo Magkoba, Primate of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, Archbishop Zakeos Mesrob, 84th Armenian Patriarch of Istanbul & All Turkey, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary, World Council of Churches, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Most Ven. Myeong Seong Sunim, President Emeritus of the Korean National Bhikkhuni Association, Ven. B. Sri Saranankara Nayaka Maha Thera, ​Chief Adhikarana Sangha Nayaka of Malaysia, H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati, H.H Sri Sri Sugunendra Theertha Swamiji, Chief Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron, President of the Israeli Sephardic Community Committee and Chief Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen, Chief Rabbi of Haifa.

The drafting and dissemination of the Statement and the organization of this event is a joint collaboration between representatives of: ACT Alliance, Bhumi Project, Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, Catholic Earthcare Australia, Eco-Sikh, Global Buddhist Climate Change Collective, Global Catholic Climate Movement, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Lutheran World Federation, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhists, United Religions Initiative and World Council of Churches. Further information at www.interfaithstatement2016.org

PROGRAM:

Opening Chant: Dr. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki, President of the Buddhist Council of New York

Welcome by Moderator: Rev’d Fletcher Harper, Executive Director, GreenFaith

11.05- 30am: Faith Speakers

  • Kiran Bali MBE JP, Global Chairperson, United Religions Initiative

  • Imam Talib Abdur- Rashid, President, Islamic Leadership Council of Metropolitan New York

  • H.H. Radhanath Swami, Hindu, member, Board of Governors, International Society for Krishna Consciousness

  • The Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald, Bishop for Indigenous Peoples, Anglican Church of Canada

  • Sister Gayatri, Representative to the UN in New York of the, Brahma Kumaris*

11.30- 35am: Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations in New York: His Excellency Mr. François Delattre

11.35-11.40am: Director for Strategy, Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Mr. Halldór Thorgeirsson

11.45am-11.50am: The President of the UN General Assembly, His Excellency Mr. Mogens Lykketoft

11.50-11.55am: Official Handover of the Statement to Ambassador Lykketoft

11.55am: Sikh Prayer Song: Dr. Rajwant Singh, Founder and President of EcoSikh

12.00pm Close

INFORMATION FOR EDITORS.  A REMINDER Media Advisory issued on Friday 15 April will provide both updated numbers on signatories as well as a LINK for media to the full list of faith leader signatories. Contents of list and Statement EMBARGOED till 10am 18th April.

contact: pressandpolicy@greenfaith.org (as from Thursday 14 April 09.00 EST/1pm GMT)