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Document Statement on the need for a strong and effective arms trade treaty
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.
Located in Resources / / WCC Executive Committee / Bossey, February 2012
Document Good Practices Series: Massa-Massar, the Journey
Programmes on interfaith learning are important in Israel because they fill a gap in the educational system. Published in part by Arigatou Foundation.
Located in Resources / / Public Witness / Rights of Children
Document Statement to COP17 / UN Climate Change Conference Durban
Since COP1, year after year, the World Council of Churches have spoken on behalf of hundreds of churches, church based organisations, ecumenical movements, and faith based movements throughout the world, that work daily with communities whose lives and livelihoods are severely affected by climate change.
Located in Resources / / Justice, diakonia and responsibility for creation / Climate change, water
Document Statement ahead of COP17 in Durban 2011
Ahead of the UN Conference on Climate Change in Durban, South Africa, 28 November - 10 December 2011 (UNFCCC COP17), the WCC general secretary, the Rev Dr Olav Fykse-Tveit, reiterates the WCC call for climate justice.
Located in Resources / / WCC general secretary / Statements
Document Churches and the International Arms Trade Treaty: Limitations and Possibilities
Opening remarks for the Side Event at the Church Centre for the United Nations, New York, 21 October 2011.
Located in Resources / / WCC general secretary / Speeches
Document UN membership application of Palestine
In a statement published on Wednesday 28 September 2011 in Geneva, WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit said that the WCC and its member churches were watching to see if peace and justice would be served in how the United Nations Security Council and General Assembly process the application of Palestine to become a full member state of the UN.
Located in Resources / / WCC general secretary / Statements
Document Condolences following attack on UN House in Nigeria
In a letter to the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit expressed condolences on behalf of the World Council of Churches following the attack on the United Nations House in Abuja, Nigeria, on Friday, 26 August 2011.
Located in Resources / / WCC general secretary / Messages and letters
Document Climate Justice and Human Rights
Presentation on Climate Justice and Human Rights by Theodor Rathgeber at the meeting of the WCC Working Group on Climate Change held immediately before the IEPC in Kingston.
Located in Resources / / Justice, diakonia and responsibility for creation / Climate change, water
Document Condolence letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
Condolence letter to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon over the killing of eight staff members of the United Nations Operation Centre in northern Afghan.
Located in Resources / / WCC general secretary / Messages and letters
Document Statement on the Right to Water and Sanitation
The WCC Central Committee, meeting in Geneva 16-22 February 2011, approved this Statement on water as a human right.
Located in Resources / / Geneva, 2011 / Report on Public Issues