LAUNCH OF THE INTERFAITH RAINFOREST INITIATIVE
Description
The high-level launch of the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative will be held in the presence of His Majesty King Harald V of Norway and hosted by His Excellency Vidar Helgesen, Norway’s Minister of Climate and Environment.

At the event, prominent religious and indigenous leaders from key rainforest countries will explore the religious, ethical and spiritual basis for protecting rainforests and create a united interfaith action agenda to protect, restore, and sustainably manage rainforests across the planet.

Pre-registration is required for all attendees to this high-level event. We hereby invite you to express your interest to attend the event using the form below. Registered individuals will be notified by 1700 on Sunday 18 June 2017 if there is space available. Thank you for your interest.
Date and Time
19 June 2017 - 11:45-17:00 (GMT+2) local time in Oslo, Norway
LOCATION
Pre-registration is required for all attendees to this high-level event. We hereby invite you to express your interest to attend the event using the form below. Registered individuals will be notified by 1700 on Sunday 18 June 2017 if there is space available. Thank you for your interest.
PROGRAM
11:45-13:00 Launch of the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative

13:00-14:00 The Religious and Ethical Basis for Protecting Rainforests

14:00-15:00 Indigenous Peoples: Guardians of the Rainforest

15:00-16:00 Faith-Forest Action in Rainforest Countries

16:00-17:00 Reception, featuring select images from Sebastião Salgado's exhibition “Genesis”

*Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in Spanish, Portuguese and French
REGISTRATION
Pre-registration is required for all attendees to this high-level event. We hereby invite you to express your interest to attend the event using the form below. Registered individuals will be notified on Saturday 17 June 2017 if there is space available. Thank you for your interest.
MEDIA
Media attendance is welcome. Please contact the communications focal points below for more details:

Ellen Wilson: ewilson@burness.com
Coimbra Sirica: csirica@burness.com
Susan Tonassi: stonassi@burness.com
SECURITY CONSIDERATIONS
A security screening and valid photo ID check will be required upon entry at the venue. For security reasons, please do not bring large bags.

Access to the venue will open at 10:30 and the doors will close promptly at 11:45. Latecomers will not be permitted to enter the building until after 13:00.
PARTNERS
Pre-registration is required for all attendees to this high-level event. We hereby invite you to express your interest to attend the event using the form below. Registered individuals will be notified by 1700 on Sunday 18 June 2017 if there is space available. Thank you for your interest.
THE INTERFAITH RAINFOREST INITIATIVE
Tropical rainforests are unique and iconic elements of creation. They house one-half of the earth’s species, provide indispensable services to humanity and bestow spiritual and emotional gifts, beauty and wonder. These forests are of exceptional cultural, practical and spiritual value, both for their traditional inhabitants and for the world community. They store billions of tons of carbon and provide food, water and livelihoods to more than 1.6 billion people around the world, making them crucial for fulfilling the Paris climate agreement and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. But tropical rainforests are being decimated across the planet, deeply undermining global efforts on climate change, poverty eradication, food security, peace and human rights. There is still time to save the glorious rainforest, but urgent action is needed.

Tropical rainforests have become a powerful symbol of the exuberance of life on earth. They occupy a sacred place in many faiths, religions and spiritual traditions, including among indigenous peoples and residents of the world’s tropical rainforests. There is a common thread binding religious traditions that recognizes that what we do to rainforests we do to ourselves. The world's faith communities, indigenous peoples and spiritual leaders may, by joining forces, have the potential to turn the tide on tropical deforestation. Together, they can leverage moral and spiritual authority, convey messages about the value of the rainforest as a unique part of creation, reach out to local people, civil society actors and authorities at all levels, and mobilize broad support for rainforest protection. Spiritual leaders and faith communities of the world have a great deal to offer – and much to learn from each other – in coming together to inspire action in defense of rainforests.

Since its launch in 2007, the Government of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) has cooperated with international partners, governments in forest and donor countries and a broad range of non-governmental organizations to reduce tropical deforestation and forest degradation. Seeing the need to bring the religious, spiritual and ethical dimension more strongly into this work, NICFI, Rainforest Foundation Norway and the United Nations Development Programme are working with a coalition of partners on an interfaith alliance to protect the world’s tropical rainforests. In cooperation with the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University, GreenFaith, Parliament of the World’s Religions, Religions for Peace, the REIL Network and the World Council of Churches, the initiative is being designed to mobilize leaders from all religions, faiths and spiritual traditions – including indigenous peoples and forest communities – to forge a united action plan to protect, restore and sustainably manage tropical rainforests across the planet.
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Pre-registration is required for all attendees to this high-level event. We hereby invite you to express your interest to attend the event using the form below. Registered individuals will be notified on Saturday 17 June 2017 if there is space available. Thank you for your interest.
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