The MOU was signed by ARC’s deputy Secretary General Alison Hilliard (pictured left) at the international workshop on Faith based Sustainable Land Management at Ankrah Foundation, Mukono, Uganda, from October 14-16, 2014 and witnessed by David Ombisi of UNEP’s Regional Office for Africa.
It was signed in Nairobi by UNEP’s Director and Regional Representative for Africa, Mounkaila Goumandakoye.
The MOU follows Mr Goumandakoye’s attendance at the launch of the 27 long-term plans on environment care in September 2012. There, he promised that working with the faiths would go to the top of UNEP’s agenda in Africa.
'We could be more successful...if we can work with you, the faiths.'
– Mounkaila Goumandakoye
A further meeting to discuss the MOU was held in January 2013 in Nairobi where Mr Goumandakoye committed UNEP to engage meaningfully with faith-based organisations undertaking that it would now be a policy decision to involve faith groups in all UNEP Africa regional activities.
The signed MOU has agreed to the following priorities:
- Promoting environmental awareness on sustainable environmental management and conservation in faith communities for climate change adaptation, mitigation and environmental care.
- Training in sustainable land management to conserve the environment and enhance livelihoods.
- Enhancing the capacity for environmental management and conservation through lifelong learning and community education in faith communities using the faiths networks.
- Capacity building and networking to empower faith groups to have a voice in policy decisions on environmental issues and climate change strategies, locally nationally and regionally in Africa.