A020 HB Committee #20 Report #01

House of Bishops Committee 20 - Environmental Stewardship & Care of Creation presents its Report #01 on Resolution A020 (Support Decade of Action to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals ) and moves:


Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring,

That the 80th General Convention express continued support for the ways in which the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have become the cornerstone of development policy and action of the Episcopal Church’s institutions, agencies, dioceses, and congregations and provided a framework for approaching the Church’s call to eradicate poverty and promote sustainable development; and be it further

Resolved, That the General Convention encourage all parishes, dioceses, and jurisdictions to support the UN’s Decade of Action (2020-30) to achieve the SDGs by (1) educating themselves about the SDGs using United Nations, Anglican Communion and Episcopal Church resources; (2) developing their own educational resources to translate the core Christian values and imperatives of the SDGs in ways that can be easily grasped, shared, and put into action; (3) undertaking self-audits to assess how their existing mission work and ministries already address the SDGs; and (4) sharing stories about how they are working toward the SDGs and furthering the work that Jesus calls all of us to do; and be it further

Resolved, That the General Convention commend and acknowledge Episcopalians who are already working towards the SDGs, including the Episcopal presence at the annual UN High-Level Political Forum on the SDGs and Episcopal Relief & Development which continues to educate the Church about the SDGs and work toward the SDGs through its programs and priorities.