SDG online Training of Trainers in October 2020
Training of facilitators on SDG assessments for churches and related actors

A three-day long Waking the Giant Training of trainers was facilitated online in October 2020. The training focused on the active involvement of churches and their related organizations in implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The aim was to create a group of facilitators who have the knowledge and skills to conduct SDG trainings, assessments and planning processes for church-related actors both in Finland and other parts of the world. 

Topics covered:

  • Getting to know the UN Agenda 2030 and LWF’s Waking the Giant initiative
  • Theological reflection on SDGs – why churches and SDGs?
  • Understanding specific SDGs more in-depth
  • How to use the SDG Self-assessment tool
  • Next steps: What to do with the results?

All training participants are now part of the larger Waking the Giant network. Learn more from here.

Waking the Giant webinars
Join the Waking the Giant webinars

Waking the Giant Webinars bring together implementers, partners and newcomers to share updates and ideas on the initiative and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

There were four webinar sessions in 2020 covering updates from the target countries as well as the Waking the Giant global activities. Every webinar had also a special focus on one of the following topics:
SDG 5 - Gender equality, SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, SDG 13 - Climate action and Theological reflection on churches' involvment with the SDGs. 

The webinar recordings as well as the power points related to the webinars can be found from the resources.



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SDG Toolbox
Resources on SDGs for church-based actors

The SDG Toolbox, available on the Waking the Giant website, provides churches and church-related actors with information and training material on the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. At the moment, the Toolbox includes a general theological introduction to the SDGs and specific modules on SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-Being), SDG 4 (Quality Education), SDG 5 (Gender Equality), SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities), and SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions). For those modules, there is also a SDG Self-Assessment tool (available both in a web-based version and as PDF questionnaires for download) that enables church-based actors to easily comprehend the link between their ongoing activities and specific Goals, and Targets of the Agenda 2030.

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Social Media Campaign

#ChurchesforSDGs is a social media campaign, initiated by Waking the Giant, through which people of faith express their commitment to the Agenda 2030.

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