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Ecumenical Water Network

The Ecumenical Water Network (EWN) strives to promote the preservation, responsible management and the equitable distribution of water for all, based on the understanding that water is a gift of God and a fundamental human right.
Ecumenical Water Network

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The Ecumenical Water Network is an initiative of Christian churches, organizations, and movements who have joined hands

  • to protect and realize people's access to water around the world
  • making a common Christian witness be heard in the debate on water issues
  • promoting community-based initiatives and solutions to overcome the water crisis
  • protecting water as a gift of God and advocating for water as a human right at the local, regional, and international level

The WCC's 9th Assembly in 2006 has given its support to the Ecumenical Water Network (EWN) and provided a policy framework through the statement on Water for Life. The current water crisis and the multi-dimensional challenges it poses for the future were recognized by the Assembly. Since 2007, the WCC offers a home for the EWN Secretariat and helps to facilitate co-operation and common action among the partners involved in building on the experience of successful co-operation.

Please visit the EWN website for more information: water.oikoumene.org

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