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Documents of the Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches

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Title EffectiveDate Description
Statement on the situation in Northern Iraq 18 November 2017 While meeting in Amman, Jordan from 17-23 November, the World Council of Churches (WCC) executive committee issued a statement on recent developments in Iraq affecting the prospects for sustaining religious and social diversity, and the future of the nation and its peoples.
Statement on the detention of Bishop Carlos Morales and the situation in Mindanao, Philippines. 18 November 2017 While meeting in Amman, Jordan, from 17-23 November, the World Council of Churches (WCC) executive committee issued a statement on the detention of Bishop Carlos Morales and the situation in Mindanao, Philippines.
Words of welcome to the Executive Committee meeting - June 2017 16 June 2017 Dr Agnes Abuoum, moderator of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches, words of welcome to the meeting of the Executive Committee, 7-12 une 2017.
Statement on the US Government’s Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change 11 June 2017 The Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC), meeting in Bossey, Switzerland, on 7-12 June 2017, expresses its deep disappointment at the recent decision by the US President to withdraw from the Paris Agreement concluded in December 2015.
Statement on Ecumenical Engagement for Peace, Reconciliation and Reunification on the Korean Peninsula 11 June 2017
Statement on 50 Years of Occupation 11 June 2017 This year, 2017, marks several historic anniversaries of great importance to the history and development of the situation in Israel and Palestine and to the ecumenical community’s response to this situation – including 100 years since the Balfour Declaration, 50 years since the Six Day War of 1967, and 10 years since the 2007 WCC International Peace Conference "Churches together for Peace and Justice in the Middle East" in Amman, Jordan.
Leadership letter to Cardinal Koch, Bishop Munib Younan and Rev. Martin Junge 29 November 2016 WCC leadership letter to Cardinal Koch, Bishop Munib Younan and Rev. Martin Junge, November 2016.
Letter to the China Christian Council and the Three-Self Patriotic Movement 25 November 2016 WCC Executive committee Letter to the China Christian Council and the Three-Self Patriotic Movement, 17-23 November 2016, China
WCC statement on climate justice 25 November 2016 Statement on Climate Justice by the WCC executive committee, meeting in Nanjing, China, 17-23 November 2016
Minute on election in Myanmar 18 November 2015 The executive committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, 13-18 November 2015, welcomes the peaceful election process recently concluded in Myanmar.
Statement on situation in Israel and Palestine 18 November 2015 In a statement issued by the WCC Executive Committee on 18 November 2015, the WCC expresses its grave concern at recent developments in Israel and Palestine.
Statement on terrorist attacks in Paris 14 November 2015 The WCC has strongly condemned the latest terror attacks in Paris and Beirut, in a statement issued on 14 November by its executive committee during their meeting in Bogis-Bossey, Switzerland.
Statement on UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris, December 2015 14 November 2015 The WCC Executive Committee states that, sfter more than 20 years of UN negotiations, COP21 has to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.
Statement on responses to migrant crises 12 June 2015 The Executive Committee of the WCC expresses its deep concern for the lives of the increasing numbers of people globally who, fleeing from situations of violence, oppression, occupation or economic deprivation, are driven to undertake journeys of danger.
Statement on the centenary of the Armenian genocide 10 June 2015 During the centenary year of the Armenian genocide by the Ottoman Empire, the executive committee of the WCC is meeting in this country on 8-13 June 2015, hosted by the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, to honour the martyrs and victims of the genocide.
Forced Displacement, Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Middle East 26 November 2014 Statement by the WCC Executive Committee, meeting in Paralimni, Cyprus, 21-26 November 2014
Minute on racial tensions in the United States of America 26 November 2014 Reaction to the decision of the Grand Jury not to indict in the case of the killing of Michael Brown
Report Executive Committee 02 July 2014 Report of the Executive Committee, February 2014
Statement on rights of internally displaced persons 12 February 2014 Statements on the rights of IDPs adopted by the WCC Executive Committee during its meeting from 7 to 12 February 2014 in Bossey and Geneva, Switzerland.
Minute on South Sudan 12 February 2014 Minute on South Sudan adopted by the WCC Executive Committee during its meeting from 7 to 12 February 2014 in Bossey and Geneva, Switzerland.
Statement on use of drones and denial of the right to life 12 February 2014 Statement on the use of drones and denial of the right to life adopted by the WCC Executive Committee during its meeting from 7 to 12 February 2014 in Bossey and Geneva, Switzerland.
Peace and security in Latin America 15 March 2013 The proposal by the Officers, in its meeting in December 2012, for a statement by the executive committee on Peace and Human Security in Latin America was discussed by the Public Issues Sub-Committee (PIC) and the PIC decided to propose the statement below for action by the executive committee.
Statement on the Situation in Tanah Papua (Indonesia) 17 February 2012 The WCC Executive Committee expresses its deep concern for the deteriorating situation regarding human rights violations in Tanah Papua.
Statement on the need for a strong and effective arms trade treaty 17 February 2012 The WCC affirms an arms trade treaty as a legal instrument that has three complementary tasks. It must prevent arms transfers to states where the government poses a threat to its own people or to other states. It must improve trade controls so that, where there is a high risk of re-export or diversion to organized criminals or armed groups, arms smuggling and black market sales are reduced or stopped. The ATT must also serve to protect communities and save lives.
Statement on the doctrine of discovery and its enduring impact on Indigenous Peoples 17 February 2012 Indigenous Peoples have the oldest living cultures in the world. Three hundred to five hundred million Indigenous Peoples today live in over 72 countries around the world, and they comprise at least 5,000 distinct peoples. The ways of life, identities, well-being and very existence of Indigenous People are threatened by the continuing effects of colonization and national policies, regulations and laws that attempt to force them to assimilate into the cultures of majoritarian societies. A fundamental historical basis and legal precedent for these policies and laws is the "Doctrine of Discovery", the idea that Christians enjoy a moral and legal right based solely on their religious identity to invade and seize indigenous lands and to dominate Indigenous Peoples.
Statement on asylum seekers and human trafficking in the Sinai Desert 17 February 2012 1. During the past years thousands of asylum seekers from the Horn of Africa and Northern Africa have disappeared in the Sinai desert region while crossing the border between Egypt and Israel. The Sinai desert is a traditional transit route for people from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia and Northern African countries escaping political turmoil, hunger and poverty and hoping to end up in Europe. The people of Eritrea have been facing deep political and human rights crises, due to which around 2,000 people are attempting to flee from Eritrea every month. They end up in the hands of human trafficking rackets or fall victim to organ theft. It is out of sheer desperation, in order to escape conflict, political turmoil and deteriorating human rights situations that people take such risky journeys. However, instead of safe passage to Israel, the refugees find themselves in desert detention centres in Sinai, where they are abused in the most dehumanizing manner.
Message to the Syrian churches 17 February 2012 Members of the Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches send a message to the Syrian churches expressing solidarity and concern over the violence and political turmoil in Syria from their meeting in Bossey, Switzerland from 14 to 17 February 2012
Minute on Peace and Security in South Asia 16 September 2011 Public statement by the WCC Executive Committee at its meeting held 12-16 September in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Statement on a call to promote peace and human security in Somalia 16 September 2011 Public statement by the WCC Executive Committee at its meeting held 12-16 September in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Statement on the upcoming referendum in Southern Sudan 27 September 2010 Statement on the upcoming referendum in Southern Sudan of the Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches
Statement on the situation in Nigeria 17 September 2010 Statement on the situation in Nigeria of the Executive Committee of the Word Council of Churches
Statement on free and fair elections in Myanmar 17 September 2010 Statement on free and fair elections in Myanmar if the Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches
Minute on the current situation in Pakistan 17 September 2010 The Minute on the current situation in Pakistan has been Approved by consensus by the WCC Executive Committee, 14-17 September, 2010, Musselburgh/Edinburg, Scotland.
Message from WCC Executive Committee to Member Churches in Egypt 27 February 2010 This message from the WCC's Executive committee to Member Churches in Egypt has been adopted by the Executive committee during its meeting in Bossey, Switzerland, 23-26 February 2010.
Minute on violence on Colombia 26 February 2010 This minute on violence in Colombia has been adopted by the executive committee, meeting in Geneva, 23-26 February 2010.
Minute on UNFCCC Conference of Parties - COP 15 in Copenhagen 26 February 2010 This minute on the UNFCCC Conference of Parties - COP 15 in Copenhagen has been adopted by the WCC's Executive committee during its meeting in Bossey, Switzerland, 23-26 February 2010.
Statement on Sudan 19 May 2009
Statement on the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo 23 February 2009
Statement on the Gaza war 20 February 2009
Statement on the International Women's Day 20 February 2009
Statement on violence and intolerance in India 26 September 2008 This statement on religious violence and intolerance in India expressing concern about the alarming trend of growing communal violence and religious intolerance in India was approved by the WCC executive committee in Luebeck, September 2008
Statement on Universal Declaration of Human Rights 26 September 2008 This statement recognizing the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was approved by consensus by the WCC executive committee in Luebeck, September 2008.
Statement on humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka 26 September 2008 This statement on the humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka caused by the 25-year civil war was reviewed and approved by the WCC executive committee in Luebeck, September 2008.
Minute on health for all 26 September 2008 This minute on the 30th anniversary of the Alma Ata Declaration which called for "health for all" was approved by consensus by the WCC executive committee in Luebeck, September 2008.
Statement on the 10th anniversary of the Kyoto Protocol 28 September 2007 10 years after the Kyoto Protocol, the executive committee of the World Council of Churches, meeting in Etchmiadzin, Armenia, 25-28 September 2007, affirms the basic thrust of the UNFCCC to provide an instrument for a significant reduction of greenhouse gases in order to mitigate human-induced climate change.
Statement on Iraq and its Christian communities 28 September 2007 The executive committee of the World Council of Churches, meeting in Etchmiadzin, Armenia, 25-28 September, 2007, is deeply troubled by their suffering and calls urgently for solutions to the suffering of the Iraqi people.
Minute on Iran and the Middle East regional crisis 28 September 2007 The executive committee of the World Council of Churches, meeting in Etchmiadzin, Armenia, 25-28 September, 2007, stated: In repeated statements over many years, the World Council of Churches has called for governments to exercise their responsibilities for bringing peace with justice to the peoples of the Middle East. Yet today - from Iraq to Lebanon to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories - unresolved conflicts are scarring the region. The lives of countless women, children and men are shattered, families are torn apart, and whole communities are held hostage to injustice and violence.
Minute on Darfur 28 September 2007 Meeting in the country of Armenia, where genocide nearly a century ago still casts a deep shadow, the WCC executive committee reiterated the international responsibility to protect people at risk in the Darfur region of Sudan and in neighbouring Chad.
Statement on the situation in the Horn of Africa 01 March 2007
Statement on UN Peacebuilding Commission 01 March 2007
Statement on the need for churches' vigilance against nuclear proliferation 01 March 2007
Statement on the conflict in Sri Lanka 06 September 2006
Executive Committee May 2006 Statement on the Conflict in Israel/Palestine: The Time Is Ripe To Do What 19 May 2006
Statement on Sudan 19 May 2006
Iran and Nuclear Non-Proliferation 19 May 2006
Human Rights Council 19 May 2006
Statement on the conflict in Israel-Palestine 19 May 2006
Statement on Iran and nuclear non-proliferation 19 May 2006
Statement on Human Rights Council 19 May 2006
Statement on Haiti 16 September 2005
Statement on Haiti 16 September 2005
Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons 16 September 2005
Statement on the control of small arms and light weapons 16 September 2005
Minute on Certain Economic Measures for Peace in Israel/Palestine 22 February 2005
Statement on Korea 27 August 2004
Minute on Zimbabwe 27 August 2004
Statement on Sudan 27 August 2004
Minute on Somalia 27 August 2004
Statement on Korea 27 August 2004
Minute on Zimbabwe 27 August 2004
Minute on Somalia 27 August 2004
Statement on Palestine/Israel 20 February 2004
Minute on Sudan 20 February 2004
Minute on India Pakistan 20 February 2004
Statement on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty 20 February 2004
Executive Committee February 2004 Statement on the Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel's 20 February 2004
Minute on India-Pakistan Composite Dialogue 20 February 2004
The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) 20 February 2004
Consultation on Re-configuration of the Ecumenical Movement 02 September 2003 Consultation on Re-configuration of the Ecumenical Movement - Planning Document
Statement Against Military Action in Iraq 21 February 2003
Statement on Cyprus 21 February 2003
Minute on the Peace Process in Sri Lanka 21 February 2003
Resolution on Ecumenical Response to the Palestine-Israeli conflict 14 September 2001 The Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches, meeting in Geneva, 11-14 September 2001, alarmed and dismayed by the escalation of violence in the Holy Land since the Central Committee adopted its last "Minute on the Situation in the Holy Land After the Outbreak of the Second Palestinian Uprising" in Potsdam, February 2001;
Statement on Zimbabwe 14 September 2001
United States - Message to the churches after the bombing attacks of September 11th 11 September 2001
Resolution on ecumenical response to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict 11 September 2001
Statement on nuclear disarmament, NATO policy and the churches 26 January 2001
Resolution on Jerusalem Final Status Negotiations 01 September 2000
Membership - a discussion paper 01 September 2000
Background paper on the Status of Jerusalem 01 September 2000 Background paper on the status of Jerusalem presented to the Executive Committee.
Statement on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Creation of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) 26 June 2000
Russia - Statement on Chechnya 29 February 2000
Foundations for the Special Commission 01 December 1998
Orthodox participation in the WCC 01 September 1998
Statements on the Middle East 01 September 1993 The Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches, meeting in Sigtuna, Sweden, 14-20 September 1993, warmly welcomes the exchange of letters of mutual recognition between the leaders of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the subsequent signing in Washington, D.C. of an agreement to establish a transitional Palestinian Interim Self-Government Authority in the occupied territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
AIDS and the Churches 19 August 1986 Adopted by the WCC Executive Committee’s at its meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland 15-19 September 1986
Executive Committee statement 01 June 1986 Statement of the WCC Executive Committee, after having received a report on the consultation held in Geneva in June 1986 on "AIDS and the Church as a Healing Community".
Resolution regarding Christian holy places in and around Jerusalem 01 January 1970