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WCC general secretary to visit Latin America: Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile on the agenda

Five countries in 21 days await World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia in Latin America, in what will be his first visit to the region since he took up the post.

November 2004

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Churches' worldwide campaign to address violence against women and children

Churches worldwide will address violence against women and children within the framework of a World Council of Churches (WCC) campaign, "On the wings of a dove".

IMF and World Bank heads at WCC headquarters

World Bank (WB) president James D. Wolfensohn and International Monetary Fund (IMF) deputy managing director Agustín Carstens will join WCC general secretary Samuel Kobia and WCC president from Africa, Agnes Abuom for a high-level encounter between the three organizations to take place on 22 October, 2004 in Geneva's Ecumenical Centre.

From armistice to peace treaty: churches call for reconciliation between the US and North Korea, humanitarian support without conditions

"Reconciliation between the United States and the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) remains the key to diffusing tension in the region," said participants in a 17-20 October consultation held under the auspices of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) in Tozanso, Japan.

Church representatives debate reunification of North and South Korea

US Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said in the recent televized debate with George Bush that he favours bilateral talks between America and North Korea. The president, on the other hand, said that he favours the Six-Party Talks on the peaceful reunification of a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.

Week of Prayer 2005: Growing collaboration between WCC and the Roman Catholic Church

The preparation of the 2005 edition of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has led to a new stage in collaboration between the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Roman Catholic Church.

Church representatives from North and South Korea to review prospects for Korean peace and reunification

Church representatives from North and South Korea as well as from other parts of the world involved in the issue of Korean reunification have been invited to a 17-21 October consultation organized by the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) in Tozanzo, Japan.

UK government chief secretary to the Treasury Paul Boateng to address WCC seminar on Millennium Development Goals

A seminar on "The challenge of poverty eradication", to be held in the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva on 18 October, will assess progress towards realizing the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) adopted by 190 countries in 2000. Organized by the World Council of Churches (WCC), the seminar will also advocate for translating these goals into concrete action.

Earth ethics: Kobia congratulates Nobel peace prize-winner Wangari Maathai

Warm congratulations were sent by World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia to Mrs Wangari Maathai, who today was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2004.

WCC to host book launch on religion in American society

Tarek Mitri, staff of the World Council of Churches (WCC) programme on inter-religious relations, and WCC Publications will present Mitri's new book, "Au nom de la Bible, au nom de l’Amérique" ("In the name of the Bible, in the name of America"), published by Labor et Fides to the public on Wednesday 13 October 2004 at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva.

"Living letters" at US churches' gathering: solidarity and challenges

Photos from Atlanta are available (see below)

US churches recognize Atlanta peacemakers

Ten individuals and organizations from Atlanta and surrounding areas will be recognized for their peace and justice-making efforts at the annual meeting of the United States Conference for the World Council of Churches (WCC), beginning today in Atlanta, Georgia.

WCC leader praises Canadian model of church dialogue

See WCC Press Update pu-04-45 of 1 October 2004

In Canada, Kobia encourages healing efforts of churches

Aboriginal representatives of Canadian churches, devastated by residential school scandals which have resulted in lawsuits against them totaling millions of dollars, told Rev. Dr Sam Kobia, WCC general secretary, that they must work together ecumenically if they are to bring hope and healing to the country’s First Nations, most of whom have had church connections for centuries.

From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, ENI covers it

WCC is a co-founder and sponsor of Ecumenical News International (ENI) which was launched in 1994 as a global news service reporting on ecumenical developments and other news of the churches. WCC communication covers the life and work of the organization and its activities. This special feature article is issued jointly by ENI, the WCC and the other sponsoring organizations to mark the 10th anniversary of ENI. Further information on: http:// www.eni.ch .

World Council of Churches welcomes Russian decision on climate change

"The WCC is very pleased that the Russian Federation will now be ratifying the Kyoto Protocol, which will trigger the criteria to bring the treaty into effect as international law," said World Council of Churches (WCC) Climate Change programme coordinator Dr David Hallmann yesterday about the Russian Cabinet's decision to forward the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on climate change to the Russian Parliament (Duma).

October 2004

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