Water and faith
Swedish Cluster Group on Water and Faith
Water is essential to realize the SDGs, to meet the challenges of climate change and for all human development. To be able to achieve this, inclusiveness and strong partnerships are required. Faith and spirituality are foundational sources and drivers of behaviour; shaping and inspiring individual and community worldviews, priorities, daily rituals and community structures – including relationship to and value of water resources.
Moreover, in rural and remote locations, or where governments are unable or otherwise fail to provide essential services, faith-based organizations and networks are often relied upon to fill essential service gaps. Many faith-based organisations support people in humanitarian crises and in need, both in Sweden and internationally. The Cluster Group on Water and Faith serves as a platform to build bridges between the water community and faith-based organisations to raise awareness and strengthen implementation for improved water governance.
The Swedish Cluster Group is interreligious and co-organised with Church of Sweden. Are you interested to take part in the dialogue? Please contact Kristina Johansson.
The Swedish Cluster Group is closely linked to the international Water and Faith network which has engaged international faith-based organisations and faith-based development partners in joint events during World Water Week 2016, 2017 and 2018 to align priorities addressing critical gaps to achieve SDG 6. Together with the annual public events at World Water Week, the Water and Faith network has hosted annual Closed Network Meetings for informal partnership development and identification of joint actions.
Are you interested to take part in the international Water and Faith network? Please contact Elizabeth Yaari for more information.
Learn more about the interplay of water and faith in the video below:
“I think you value water the most when you don’t have water.” With these words, Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director of SIWI, opened the Swedish Water House seminar “Do you value water?” in which he then elaborated on how water scarcity […]
The Earth’s clock is ticking, and alarm bells are ringing as we enter the United Nations declared ‘Decade of Action’ to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Faith-based development partners and indigenous communities are essential partners in the SDG Agenda […]
During the 2019 World Water Week, Swedish Water House’s Cluster Group on Water and Faith in partnership with the Church of Sweden and the World Council of Churches convened the now 4th annual Water and Faith Showcase and Network Meeting […]
During the 2018 World Water Week, the Water and Faith consortium partners including: the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), World Council of Churches (WCC), Global Water Partnership (GWP), the Church of Sweden, Swedish Institute Alexandria and GIZ organized a series […]
The theme of the 2016 World Water Week was ‘Water for Sustainable Growth’ and has directly addressed the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris agreement on climate change. In this context, the Church of Sweden, the Global Water […]