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Faith in the Future: UN Bristol Meeting Sept 2015 | Programme, talks and presentations | Bristol Faith Commitments | List of Bristol Commitments | What are the SDGs? | Background to Bristol

Programme, talks and presentations

Here is a selection of the press releases, papers, reflections, talks and pictures from the Bristol Faith in the Future UN event, held to launch the 10-year faith plans in connection with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) being launched by the UN later in September 2015.

If you were present at the event and your paper is not yet here, please send to and we will add it.

The Bristol Commitments

At the Bristol UN Faiths meeting, 24 faith groups and faith-based organisations launched The Bristol Commitments – a range of practical action plans in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.

This book, which contains 23 of the 24 plans launched in Bristol, outlines their commitments over the next 10 years. The intention is that they will review what they have achieved, and was remains to be done, five years before the end of the 15-year Sustainable Development Goal timetable to give them an opportunity to re-adjust their plans.


All the photographs from Faith in the Future are available to download from ARC's Flickr feed. You are welcome to use them for non profit purposes: Please credit ARC/Katia Marsh.

Event information

  • Welcome Celebration: The two-day meeting opened with a Welcome Celebration in the Lord Mayor's Chapel, with speeches, faith readings and singing.

  • Event Programme: Download the Event Programme for details of speakers, topics and discussion groups.

  • Secretary-General's message: Ban Ki-moon issued a special

    message of support to the Bristol UN Faiths Meeting, read by Paul Rudd, Director of the United Nations Development Programme’s Post-2015 Team.

  • Delegate biographies: More about the key delegates.

    Talks and presentations

  • Lord Mayor of Bristol Welcome speech by the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Clare Campion-Smith

  • Martin Palmer, ARC Secretary General: Here are the notes that Martin used in his presentation.

    Lord Mayor of Bristol, Clare Campion-Smith, and Bishop Nathan Kyamanywa, Bunyoro Kitara Diocese, Anglican Church of Uganda
    We have also uploaded a low-res version of the slides he used to accompany his presentation. If you would like to download a hi-res version (280MB) , please do so from ARC's Dropbox folder.

  • Bishop Nathan Kyamanywa on how the Anglican Church of Uganda planted 36 acres of coffee in Uganda, helping climate change, forestation and alleviating poverty.

    "Our long term plan is our effort to put right what has gone wrong in the past five decades, where we have witnessed the degradation of the environment particularly our forests and landscape, largely due to activities like agriculture and uncontrolled cutting down of forests, driven by disregard of the laws, corruption and greed."

  • Daniel Perell of the International Bahai Community gives his assessment of Agenda 2030: The most consultative process the UN has ever carried out.

  • Tomoaki Takahashi explains how the Great Forest Wall of Japan, a project to build a buffer zone of sustainable forest to slow the impact of tsunamis, is rooted in the Shinto approach to nature.

  • Lt Colonel (Dr) Dean Pallant, Salvation Army looks at Measurement and metrics for faith inspired engagement in the SDGs.

  • Ulrich Nitschke of GIZ discusses the World Religions and Development – the contribution of religious values to the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Jayshree Balachnder asks how pilgrims and tigers co-exist when key pilgrimage sites are located in tiger territory?

  • Caterina Tino discusses UNICEF engagement with faith communities around the globe in A Global Mapping.

    Press Releases

  • September 1, 2015: Faith leaders and senior UN officials will gather in Bristol, UK, to discuss how they can work together to support the new Sustainable Development Goals. The Faith in the Future meeting runs from September 8-9, 2015.

  • September 5, 2015: Bristol faith leaders ask people to pray for UN Faiths Meeting in Bristol this week

  • September 9, 2015: A 240-page book containing more than 100 Faith Commitments in support of the Sustainable Development Goals was presented to Paul Ladd, Director of the United Nations Development Programme’s Post-2015 Team, at the two-day Faith in the Future meeting in Bristol, UK

    Sustainable Development Goals

    More information about what the 17 goals are, as well as the 149 targets of the Sustainable Development Goals, can be found here.

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