Faith For Nature: Multi-Faith Action

UNEP Faith for Earth Initiative

Established in 2017 in response to UNEP’s strategy for engaging with faith-based organizations, the Faith for Earth Initiative is an innovative approach for integrating faith, spiritual and religious values into the normative work of UNEP. The initiative aims at strengthening faith communities’ actions on environmental issues, green faith-based investments and assets to contribute to financing sustainability and to bring the science-based evidence and religious teaching closer in providing a compelling mutually supportive argument for an ethical approach to protecting the planet. The initiative has been supporting and partnering with global and regional faith institutions and engaging faith actors in policy dialogue and capacity building.

Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland is the national church of Iceland. It is a free and independent religious community with a membership at around 70 percent of the population.

The church is organised into 266 congregations around the country, serving under one bishop.

The current bishop is Agnes M. Sigurðardóttir, the nation‘s first female bishop, who assumed office in 2012.

The church traces its foundation back to the inauguration of Christianity by the legislative assembly Alþingi in the year 1000. In 1550, the reformation took place in Iceland and since then Lutheranism has been the majority religion in the country.

United Nations Association of Iceland

UNA Iceland is tasked by the Government of Iceland to serve as the principal actor in generating awareness and understanding of the SDGs, the United Nations and development cooperation. UNA has produced a popular documentary – What have we done – on climate change and other environmental challenges, runs the UNESCO Associated schools project network to educate the young on sustainability, maintains a website, has produced documentation and gives regular talks on the SDGs.

Soil Conservation Service of Iceland

Founded in 1907, the Soil Conservation Service of Iceland is a governmental environmental agency under the Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources. The agency applies nature-based solutions, such as ecosystem restoration and sustainable land management in its work and uses participatory approaches to maintain and enhance the functions and services of Iceland´s native ecosystems.

The Icelandic Government

The Council of State is comprised of the cabinet and the President of Iceland, who also chairs its meetings. At meetings of the Council of State, new legislation and other important government actions are referred to the President for attestation.

Faith for Nature: Multi-faith action

Inspired to take collective action to protect our shared planet