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First-ever Faith Pavilion at Expo City Dubai

Exhibitions Dubai 06 Dec 23
First-ever Faith Pavilion at Expo City Dubai
World religious leaders, scientists, politicians unveil first-ever Faith Pavilion at Expo City Dubai.
Event Location
Dubai, Dubai
Start Time
06 December 2023, 12:00 AM
End Time
31 December 2023, 12:00 AM

World religious leaders, scientists and global political officials came together for the inauguration of the first-ever Faith Pavilion at a COP, on the fourth day of COP28, to discuss the role of faith communities and religious institutions in addressing the climate crisis.

The first-of-its-kind Faith Pavilion, which is co-hosted by the COP28 Presidency, the UAE Ministry of Tolerance and Coexistence, the Holy See, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Muslim Council of Elders, and a coalition of faith partners, is dedicated to the engagement of faith communities and will host panels with religious leaders, scientists, and political leaders, as well as encourage intergenerational dialogue involving youth and indigenous representatives.

Inauguration was held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and was attended by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, and Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, representing Pope Francis.

Grand Imam of Al Azhar and Pope Francis both addressed the audience virtually via video, wherein they each highlighted the urgency for urgent action against climate change.

In his video address, His Holiness Pope Francis said: “Today, the world needs alliances that are not against someone, but for the benefit of everyone. Let us, as religious representatives, set an example to show that change is possible, to demonstrate respectful and sustainable lifestyles, and let us fervently ask the leaders of nations to preserve our common home”.

In his video address to be shown at COP28, His Eminence the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar said: “The exceptional initiatives undertaken by the Muslim Council of Elders - firstly, inviting diverse religious figures to sign the Abu Dhabi Interfaith Statement for COP28 and secondly, establishing the first-ever Faith Pavilion at COP28 - are precious opportunities in making the voice of religious leaders heard in the face of global challenges - especially advancing the protection of our common home from irreversible destruction, which looms larger every passing year.”

The Faith Pavilion builds on the success of an earlier gathering of more than 200 religious leaders, scientists, youth, academics and environmental experts in Abu Dhabi at the Global Faith Leaders' Summit on November 6 and 7. During the Summit, 28 faith leaders signed the 'Confluence of Conscience: Uniting for Planetary Resurgence' also known as 'The Abu Dhabi Interfaith Statement for COP28', which expressed their “shared concern” over escalating climate impacts, as well as a joint commitment to address the crisis. The Statement is on display in the Faith Pavilion, which is located in the Blue Zone at COP28.

Recognising that over 84 percent of the world’s population identifies with a religion, the Faith Pavilion seeks to unite religious representatives, communities, and institutions in support of climate action and the goals outlined in the Paris Agreement.

In October, Dr. Sultan Al Jaber was received in audience by Pope Francis. He praised the Pope’s unwavering advocacy for positive climate action, following the release of Laudate Deum, the Pope’s Apostolic Exhortation, which contained an appeal to address the climate crisis.

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