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An anniversary prayer from the Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil 12 January 2018 Member church Liturgical text A prayer written by Rev. Silvio Schneider, Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil, adviser for Global Mission and Ecumene, for the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches.
WCC expresses grave concern for Rohingya people in Myanmar 14 September 2017 General Secretary Statement: public statement The World Council of Churches (WCC) expresses its concern about the situation of the Rohingya people and the circumstances in Rakhine state that have forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes and country. According to UN and reputable media reports, some 379,000 Rohingya people have sought refuge in Bangladesh since 25 August, fleeing violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state.
Prayer guide inspires women’s empowerment 27 February 2017 The newly released Fifth Anniversary Women’s Global Prayer Guide, published by the Lott Carey Global Christian Missional Community, features 31 days of prayer for women’s empowerment from contributors around the world.
Is religion discriminatory? 14 February 2017 General Secretary Lecture - Speech Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit's panel contribution during a conference at a cultural center in Trondheim, Norway.
The protection needs of minorities from Syria and Iraq 28 November 2016 Commission on International Affairs Report The protection needs of minorities from Syria and Iraq
Freedom of Religion: Documents of the CCIA 22 September 2016 Commission on International Affairs Report Freedom of Religion and Belief: Statements and Issues of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA). To celebrate its 70th anniversary, the WCC-CCIA has compiled a comprehensive anthology of documents pertaining to religious freedom - 550-page collection includes statements, letters, reports and background studies.
Eid Al Fitr Greetings 2016 06 July 2016 General Secretary Message Greetings to the worldwide Muslim community as they celebrate Eid Al Fitr after keeping the fast of Ramadan for the past month.
Minute on Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling 27 June 2016 Central Committee Statement: minute The WCC Central Committee encourages its member churches to be attentive to peoples and organisations working to combat human trafficking and migrant smuggling, particularly in their struggle against organised crime.
Statement on Colombian Bilateral Ceasefire Agreement 25 June 2016 Central Committee Statement: public statement The WCC Central Committee welcomes the news of the historic bilateral ceasefire agreement concluded by the government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia
Call to Action from Faith Communities 07 June 2016 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement: public statement At an interfaith prayer service on the eve of a UN High Level Meeting on AIDS, people from diverse faith communities issued a call to action to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.
Condolence letter from the WCC general secretary to Chuck Harper's family 27 May 2016 General Secretary Tribute Letter of condolences from the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit to the family of Charles R. (“Chuck”) Harper, director of the Latin American human rights resource office at the World Council of Churches (WCC) from 1973 to 1992.
Air strike on Syrian refugee camp 06 May 2016 General Secretary Statement: public statement The Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit condemns the air strike targetting the Kammouneh Syrian refugee camp, which is reported to have killed at least 28 people.
Negotiations should end the conflict and bring political transition in Syria 16 March 2016 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement: public statement Negotiations should end the conflict and bring political transition in Syria, urged the World Council of Churches and Pax Christi International in a joint statement issued 15 March.
WCC-EAA statement at the Human Rights Council 09 March 2016 WCC Programmes Statement: public statement Presented by the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance to the HRC Panel Session on Human Rights and HIV.
The Relationship between Religion and the Public Square 01 February 2016 WCC Programmes Lecture - Speech Presentation by Dr Clare Amos, WCC programme executive for Inter-religious Dialogue and Cooperation, at the Symposium on the Role of Religion and Faith-Based Organizations in International Affairs 2016.
Europe’s Response to the Refuge Crisis 20 January 2016 WCC Programmes Statement: public statement Statement from the WCC/UN High Level Conference: Refugee Crisis in Europe.
Speech by Pauliina Parhiala, ACT Alliance 18 January 2016 WCC Programmes Lecture - Speech WCC/UN High Level Conference: Refugee Crisis in Europe
Opening of WCC/UN Conference on Refugee Crisis 18 January 2016 General Secretary Lecture - Speech Opening remarks from the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit
Child-friendly Version CRC General Comment Freedom from Violence 01 January 2016 WCC Programmes Background document A workbook for children, young people and adults based upon General Comment No. 13 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child on the right of the child to freedom from all forms of violence.
Human Rights Day 2015 10 December 2015 Commission on International Affairs Statement: public statement Statement on International Human Rights Day
3rd International Conference on Minority Issues and Mission 21 November 2015 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement: public statement Joint Statement by participants of the conference held at the Korean YMCA in Japan.
Called to Dialogue 19 November 2015 WCC Programmes Background document Inter-religious and Intra-Christian Dialogue in Ecumenical Conversation - A Practical Guide.
Statement on terrorist attacks in Paris 14 November 2015 Executive committee Statement: public statement 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.
Channels of Hope - impact case study 06 October 2015 WCC Programmes Study document Learning from the implementation of Channels of Hope for Child Protection in Malawi.
Learning from the Implementation of Channels of Hope for Child Protection in Malawi 01 September 2015 WCC Programmes Response to study document CoH CP is a World Vision project model that motivates and builds capacity in faith leaders and faith communities to engage with key child protection issues.
Overview on UN human rights mechanisms which can be used by churches 01 August 2015 WCC Programmes Background document Through a mechanism called the Universal Periodic Review, the Human Rights Council reviews, on a periodic basis, the fulfilment by each of the 193 United Nations Member States of their human rights obligations and commitments.
Child Safeguarding Policy and Child Safeguarding Guidance 01 May 2015 WCC Programmes Policy document This policy applies to all ACT Alliance members. The Principles cover the minimum standards the ACT Alliance expects all members to comply with when developing a policy.
Letter to Indonesian president 28 April 2015 General Secretary Statement: letter Letter from Olav Fykse Tveit and Bishop Ketut Waspada of the Christian Protestant Church in Bali to the President ofIndonesia, H. E. Joko Widodo, asking to stop the execution of ten people on 28 April.
Right to Hope 06 March 2015 General Secretary Lecture - Speech Presentation on “The adverse impacts of climate change on States’ efforts progressively to realize the right to food, and policies, lessons learned and good practices” – Human Rights Council, Geneva, 2015.
Letter to Colombian president expressing concern over protection of human rights defenders 29 January 2015 General Secretary Statement: letter Letter to the Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos expressing concern over protection of human rights defenders
Introduction to moment of silence for Charlie Hebdo 08 January 2015 WCC Programmes Liturgical text A moment of silence was held at the chapel of the Ecumenical Centre to honour the victims of the shooting at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris and to pray for peace.
Why Sustainable Energy Matters to Children 01 January 2015 WCC Programmes Background document Access to energy is strongly associated with human and economic development and plays a key role in poverty reduction.
16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence 01 January 2015 WCC Programmes Background document We have joined together as a faith-based coalition to focus on ending violence against girls and young women in education.
Concern over Asia Bibi case 28 October 2014 General Secretary Statement: public statement Statement from the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit over over recent decision on Asia Bibi case.
The Den Dolder Recommendations to Protect the Stateless and End Statelessness 14 September 2014 WCC Programmes Message Message from the international ecumenical consultation "Churches Advocating for Stateless Persons" in Den Dolder, Netherlands, 12 – 14 September 2014
Ending Violence Against Children: six strategies for action 01 September 2014 WCC Programmes Background document This report has a simple and urgent goal: to connect decision-makers and relevant actors with strategies that prevent and respond to violence in the lives of children.
Oral intervention Special Session on Iraq 01 September 2014 Commission on International Affairs Lecture - Speech Oral intervention - Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the Human Rights Situation in Iraq Commission of the Churches on International Affairs of the WCC on 1 September 2014.
Statement for UNHRC special session on Iraq 01 September 2014 Commission on International Affairs Statement: public statement Statement by the WCC's Commission of Churches on International Affairs for the UN Human Rights Council's special session on the human rights situation in Iraq, held on 1 September 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Statement on the state of human rights in Eritrea 08 July 2014 Central Committee Statement: public statement Adopted as part of the Report of the Public Issues Committee by the World Council of Churches Central Committee.
Statement on the current situation in Mosul, Iraq 07 July 2014 Central Committee Statement: public statement Statement on the current situation in Mosul, Iraq, adopted as part of the Report of the Public Issues Committee by the World Council of Churches Central Committee.
Concern over Mariam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag's death sentence in Sudan 23 May 2014 General Secretary Letter WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit's letter to President Omar Hassan Ahmad Al-Bashir about Mariam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag's death sentence.
Support for Malaysian churches' efforts to restore multi-religious values 27 February 2014 General Secretary Statement: letter WCC general secretary’s letter to Archbishop John Ha Tiong Hock, president, Catholic Bishops' Conference of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, Rev. Dr Hermen Shastri, general secretary, Council of Churches of Malaysia, expressing support for an appeal against a Malaysian court’s decision in October 2013 forbidding the use of the word “Allah” by non-Muslims.
Statement on rights of internally displaced persons 12 February 2014 Executive committee Statement: public statement 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.
Ecumenical Conversations Report 10 February 2014 Assembly Report Reports, Affirmations and Challenges from the Ecumenical Conversations at the WCC 10th Assembly
Hidden In Plain Sight: Executive Summary 01 January 2014 WCC Programmes Background document A statistical analysis of violence against children, published by UNICEF.
Child Safeguarding Standards and How to Implement Them 01 January 2014 WCC Programmes Background document A guide designed to assist organizations to meet their responsibilities for safeguarding children, published by the registered charity Keeping Children Safe.
The rule of tyranny and the Reign of God 26 December 2013 Commission on International Affairs Message A Christmas reflection by Bishop Duleep de Chickera, a member of the WCC's Commission of the Churches on International Affairs.
A Passport to Protection - A guide to birth registration programming 01 December 2013 WCC Programmes Background document Registering a child’s birth is a critical first step towards safeguarding lifelong protection. Promoting children’s right to birth registration falls clearly within UNICEF’s mandate.
Statement on the Human Rights of Stateless People 08 November 2013 Assembly Statement: public statement Adopted by the WCC 10th Assembly as part of the Report of the Public Issues Committee.
Statement on the Politicization of Religion and Rights of Religious Minorities 08 November 2013 Assembly Statement: public statement Adopted by the WCC 10th Assembly as part of the Report of the Public Issues Committee.
EWN statement from Berlin consultation 18 July 2013 WCC Programmes Statement: public statement The statement "God, lead us to abundant life and peace through water justice" reflecting outcomes of discussions among participants at the strategic consultation of the Ecumenical Water Network held in Berlin, Germany from 10 to12 June 2013
Advocacy strategies on Indigenous Peoples issues 27 June 2013 WCC Programmes Report Report of the Consultation on Developing Advocacy Strategies for WCC work on Indigenous Peoples Issues, Church Centre, New York, 21-23 May 2013.
Communiqué on Asia’s human security challenges 12 June 2013 Commission on International Affairs Statement: public statement Communiqué titled "Seeds of hope for building peace with justice for fullness of life in Asia" produced by the participants of an international consultation on "Asia’s Human Security Challenges: Towards Sustainable Peace with Justice in North East Asia" organized by the CCIA and the Christian Conference of Asia.
Letter of solidarity and concern to Bangladesh 17 May 2013 General Secretary Pastoral letter WCC general secretary's letter to the member churches and the National Council of Churches in Bangladesh to express concern and sympathies because of recent tragedies in Bangladesh. Since late February and onwards Bangladesh has faced political and religious violence and atrocities as well as major disasters, such as the collapse of a garment factory building in Savar, Dhaka, which has taken the lives of more than 1000 people.
Communiqué on stateless people 05 March 2013 Commission on International Affairs Statement: public statement Communiqué from consultation on stateless people, “Towards an ecumenical advocacy on the rights of stateless people”held from 27 February to 1 March 2013 in Washington, D.C., United States.
Human Rights of Stateless People 01 March 2013 Commission on International Affairs Report Report of the International Consultation "Towards an Ecumenical Advocacy on Rights of Stateless People"
VII. Minute on reconciliation and peace building in Myanmar 04 September 2012 Central Committee Minute on churches’ participation in reconciliation and peace building amidst ethnic conflicts in Myanmar adopted as part of the Report of the Public Issues Committee by the World Council of Churches Central Committee.
VI. Minute on the unlawful detention of Archbishop Jovan of Ochrid 04 September 2012 Central Committee Statement: minute Minute on the unlawful detention of Archbishop Jovan of Ochrid and Metropolitan of Skopje of the Serbian Orthodox Church, adopted as part of the Report of the Public Issues Committee by the World Council of Churches Central Committee.
III. Statement on crisis in Syria 04 September 2012 Central Committee S Statement on the crisis in Syria adopted as part of the Report of the Public Issues Committee by the World Council of Churches Central Committee.
II. Statement on abductions, forced conversions and forced marriages in Pakistan 04 September 2012 Central Committee Statement: public statement Statement on abductions, forced conversions and forced marriages in Pakistan, adopted as part of the Report of the Public Issues Committee by the World Council of Churches Central Committee.
Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action 01 September 2012 WCC Programmes Background document This is the summary version of the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS) handbook. All of the principles and standards in this version are hyper-linked to the original handbook.
International Consultation on Ecumenical Advocacy for the Protection of the Human Rights of Migrant Workers in the Arabian Gulf Region 02 May 2012 Commission on International Affairs Report 28 April - 2 May 2012 Alwaye, India
Lecture by Archbishop of Canterbury on Human Rights and Religious Faith 28 February 2012 L Lecture by Archbishop of Canterbury on Human Rights and Religious Faith on 28 February 2012 in Ecumenical Centre, Geneva
Statement on the Situation in Tanah Papua (Indonesia) 17 February 2012 Executive committee Statement: public statement The WCC Executive Committee expresses its deep concern for the deteriorating situation regarding human rights violations in Tanah Papua.
Channels of Hope for Child Protection 01 January 2012 WCC Programmes Background document CoH CP relies on Scripture-based guiding principles, interactive activities and scientific information. It builds on the desire of faith leaders and communities to be better parents within their own families.
Good Practices Series: Massa-Massar, the Journey 31 December 2011 WCC Programmes Background document Programmes on interfaith learning are important in Israel because they fill a gap in the educational system. Published in part by Arigatou Foundation.
Communicat: CCIA Consultation on Human Rights of Stateless People, Bangladesh 18 December 2011 WCC Programmes Message Communicat: WCC - Commission of the Churches on International Affairs consultation on the «human rights of stateless people» in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2011
Religious minorities and rights for religious freedom 02 December 2011 Commission on International Affairs Statement: public statement We, the participants of the International Study Consultation on Freedom of Religion and the Rights of Religious Minorities - drawn from churches, church related organisations, academia, civil society and human rights organisations and the legal profession in 23 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Americas and Europe - met in Istanbul, Turkey as part of an international study consultation organised by the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs of the World Council of Churches. The Consultation analysed the situations of rights of religious minorities and freedom of religion in various contexts.
Churches and the International Arms Trade Treaty: Limitations and Possibilities 21 October 2011 General Secretary Lecture - Speech Opening remarks for the Side Event at the Church Centre for the United Nations, New York, 21 October 2011.
Call for action by Geneva Interfaith Forum on Climate Change, Environment and Human Rights 20 September 2011 WCC Programmes The Geneva Interfaith Forum on Climate Change, Environment and Human Rights is an informal group of faith-based NGOs that gathered to reaffirm the responsibility of each faith and spiritual tradition to care for the environment and play a role in addressing climate change and its impact on the human rights of the world's population.
Minute on Peace and Security in South Asia 16 September 2011 Executive committee S Public statement by the WCC Executive Committee at its meeting held 12-16 September in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Statement on Syria 09 August 2011 General Secretary Statement: public statement Voicing an appeal for the renunciation of violence by all sides in ongoing political conflict in Syria, the general secretary of the World Council of Churches has stated, "it is particularly urgent that the army and government security agencies cease the indiscriminate use of force" against demonstrators, moving instead to protect all Syrian citizens' lives, dignity, human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Climate Justice and Human Rights 17 May 2011 WCC Programmes L 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.
Ending Corporal Punishment of Children- a handbook for working with and within religious communities 01 May 2011 WCC Programmes Background document The handbook refers to examples of religious texts which have been used to justify corporal punishment, but a detailed, scholarly commentary on the different scriptures and religious texts relating to corporal punishment is beyond its scope.
Shock at assassination of Pakistan government minister Bhatti 03 March 2011 General Secretary Statement: letter In a letter to the prime minister of Pakistan, the general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) expressed «great shock and dismay» at the assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti, the Pakistan government minister for Minority Affairs. Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit noted that reports indicate that Mr Bhatti was «assassinated by religious extremists because he was critical of the controversial blasphemy law in Pakistan.»
Statement on the Right to Water and Sanitation 22 February 2011 Central Committee S The WCC Central Committee, meeting in Geneva 16-22 February 2011, approved this Statement on water as a human right.
Minute on the Rights of Migrants and Migrant Workers 22 February 2011 Central Committee Statement: minute approved by the WCC Central Committee, meeting in Geneva 16-22 February 2011
Statement on the Situation in Colombia 22 February 2011 Central Committee S The WCC Central Committee, meeting in Geneva 16-22 February 2011, approved this Statement on Colombia.
Letter to UN commissioner and special rapporteur 28 January 2011 General Secretary S Letter by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit to to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Navanethem Pillay and to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Mr Heiner Bielefeldt, concerning freedom of religion and belief in the northern, occupied part of the Republic of Cyprus.
Religious freedom in Cyprus 28 January 2011 General Secretary Statement: letter Letter by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit to the Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostomos II, concerning freedom of religion and belief in the northern, occupied part of the Republic of Cyprus.
Developing Child Friendly Churches Resource Pack 01 January 2011 WCC Programmes Background document Keeping children safe. A Quality Improvement System for Child Protection.
Release of detained Filipino health workers 21 December 2010 General Secretary S In a letter to the President of the Philippines Benigno S. Aquino III, WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit expressed appreciation for the release of forty-three health professionals and community health workers who were illegally arrested and had been imprisoned since 6 February 2010.
International Congress on the Human Right to Peace 09 December 2010 General Secretary Lecture - Speech Address at the opening of the International Congress on the Human Right to Peace in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 09 December 2010, by the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches
Living Letters visit to the Philippines 04 December 2010 WCC Programmes S A team of church representatives from Africa, Asia, Europe and North America made this statement at the end of a solidarity visit to churches, ecumenical organizations and civil society organizations in the Philippines.
Inter-faith Initiative to End Violence Against Children in Swaziland 19 November 2010 WCC Programmes Background document Members of 8 faith organisations met to discuss the role of religious organisations in the national response to violence against children.
Statement from the WCC conference on Racism Today 18 October 2010 WCC Programmes Statement: public statement Statement from the WCC conference on Racism Today and the Rationale for continued ecumenical engagement, Cleveland, Ohio, 26-29 August 2010
To Be One Voice of Advocacy for Peace and Justice 04 October 2010 General Secretary Lecture - Speech The Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary, delivered a speech to the CCIA meeting in Tirana, Albania, 2-8 October 2010, in which he called on the churches to speak with "one voice of advocacy for peace and justice".
NGO Declaration on Climate Change & Human Rights 01 October 2010 WCC Programmes Recommendations to the 3rd United Nations Human Rights Council's Social Forum by an international alliance of nongovernmental organizations
Message on the occasion of Eid al Fitr (end of Ramadan) 1431 H. / 2010 a.d. 08 September 2010 General Secretary Message Sent to Muslim leaders and dialogue partners on 8 September 2010
To Middle East negotiators in Washington, D.C. 02 September 2010 General Secretary Message The general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) has sent a message to the Middle East negotiators in Washington to stress the concerns of Palestinian Christians.
Children and Truth Commissions 01 August 2010 WCC Programmes Background document This study, prepared by the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre in cooperation with the International Center for Transitional Justice, concerns the engagement of both younger children and adolescents with truth commissions and how they have focused on and involved children in their activities.
Shooting of two Christians in Pakistan 23 July 2010 General Secretary Statement: letter Letter by WCC general secretary Tveit to the president of Pakistan following the shooting and killing of two Christians in Pakistan who were in court on accusations related to the blasphemy law. The same letter was sent to the prime minister.
Extrajudicial killings of two lay ministers in the Philippines 29 June 2010 General Secretary S In this 29 June 2010 letter to President-elect Benigno Aquino III, WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit denounced the extrajudicial killings of Benjamin Bayles and Jovelito Agustin, both lay ministers of the Philippine Independent Church.
Death of human rights activist in D.R. Congo 04 June 2010 General Secretary S
Dr David Stevens 27 May 2010 General Secretary Tribute Condolence message to the Corrymeela Community
Sheena Duncan 06 May 2010 General Secretary Tribute Condolence message by WCC general secretary Olav Fykse Tveit
Recommendations after DRC human rights workshop 17 April 2010 Member church S
Declaration of Commitment to human rights 17 April 2010 WCC Programmes S
Greetings to D.R. Congo human rights workshop 13 April 2010 General Secretary M "The work of the churches in the DRC to alleviate the humanitarian crisis, promote a peaceful resolution to the conflict and advocate for an end to the violations of human rights, is admirable," WCC Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit wrote in a message delivered to church leaders and government representatives at a workshop on human rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo on 13 April 2010.
South African response to Kairos Palestine Document 31 March 2010 Other ecumenical bodies M A South African Christian response to the Palestinian Kairos Document: An Easter 2010 message from South Africa to Palestine
Minute on violence on Colombia 26 February 2010 Executive committee S This minute on violence in Colombia has been adopted by the executive committee, meeting in Geneva, 23-26 February 2010.
Letter on abductions in the Philippines 11 February 2010 General Secretary S
From Commitment to Action 01 February 2010 WCC Programmes Background document "Religions for Peace", UNICEF, religious leaders and child protection specialists developed this guide as a tool to support religious' communities work to promote child rights and prevent violence against children.
Rio report - Re-visioning justice from the margins 11 November 2009 WCC Programmes Report Report of a continuing conversation among theologians representing the concerns of people living with disabilities, Indigenous Peoples, Dalits and those struggling against racism, on churches becoming and effecting just and inclusive communities, August 2008.
Letter to the High Commissioner for Human Rights 18 September 2009 General Secretary S
Joint WCC-CEC letter concerning Camp Ashraf, Iraq 18 September 2009 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S
Minute on the responsibility of churches for communities enduring anti-Christian violence 02 September 2009 Central Committee
Statement on the misuse of the Blasphemy Law and the security of religious minorities in Pakistan 01 September 2009 Central Committee S
60th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions 13 August 2009 General Secretary S In a public statement marking the 60th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, Kobia stressed that the complexity of today's armed conflicts requires the international community to think of new ways to strengthen effective mechanisms to ensure respect for the Geneva Conventions.
Letter to the president of Pakistan 03 August 2009 General Secretary S The World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia appeals to Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari to "ensure the safety and security" of Christians in the Punjab province, where three attacks against Christian communities were carried by militant Islamic groups in the last two months. He also demands that the government "take necessary actions against the perpetrators".
Statement on South Asia 02 July 2009 Central Committee S The situation in the South Asia region poses a major threat to world peace. WCC's Central Committee statement on South Asia.
Turkey - Appeal to commute the death sentence of Abdullah Ocalan 02 July 2009 Commission on International Affairs S
3rd Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions 01 July 2009 General Secretary Lecture - Speech Speech of WCC general secretary Samuel Kobia at the Kazakhstan Third Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions.
Attacks on Roma families in Belfast 19 June 2009 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S
Report of the March 2009 CCIA meeting 19 June 2009 Commission on International Affairs R The second meeting of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA), following the 2006 Porto Alegre Assembly took place in Cuba from 15-20 March 2009.
"...and who is my neighbour?" 14 June 2009 General Secretary S Opening Sermon at Thanksgiving Worship, Doorn, Utrecht, Holland, 14 June.
Letter to Peruvian President García 09 June 2009 General Secretary S
Child Friendly Schools Manual 01 March 2009 WCC Programmes Background document The Child-Friendly Schools Manual was developed during three-and-a-half years of continuous work, involving UNICEF education staff and specialists from partner agencies working on quality education.
Statement on the International Women's Day 20 February 2009 Executive committee S
UNAW Report 2008 Annex IV: Prayer resources 23 January 2009 Commission on International Affairs Liturgical text Climate change Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA) Human rights Migration Public witness: addressing power, affirming peace United Nations
UNAW Report 2008 Annex III 23 January 2009 Commission on Faith and Order Report United Nations Advocacy Week 2008 speaker presentations: Migration, WCC UN reception address: Nicaraguan ambassador H.E. Maria Rubiales de Chamorro, UNAW closing high-level address: Assistant Secretary-General Dr Robert Or
UNAW Report 2008 Annex II 23 January 2009 Commission on International Affairs Report United Nations Advocacy Week 2008 speaker presentations: Our Common Strategic Global Ecumenical Advocacy, Public Witness Advocacy, Human Rights, Climate Change
UNAW 2008 Report 23 January 2009 Commission on International Affairs Report The United Nations Advocacy Week 2008 Report is a reminder of what was discussed and experienced at the UNAW and one of the key instruments to be used in local and global advocacy work.
Faith in Human Rights 10 December 2008 General Secretary S At the International Inter-religious Conference in The Hague, The Netherlands on the 10th December 2008 ten invited supreme authorities of the different world religions signed a Statement Faith in Human Rights.
WCC United Nations Advocacy week 17 November 2008 Member church Lecture - Speech Opening address by Rev. Dr Michael Kinnamon
World Food Day 2008 16 October 2008 General Secretary S WCC General Secretary's Statement on the Global Food Crisis on the occasion of World Food Day - 16 October 2008
Statement on Universal Declaration of Human Rights 26 September 2008 Executive committee S 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.
Oral intervention to the UN Human Rights Council on extrajudicial killings in the Philippines 03 June 2008 WCC Programmes S
The Changing Ecclesial Context: Impact of Migration on Living Together 16 April 2008 WCC Programmes S
Statement on the human rights situation in the province of Papua, Indonesia 14 March 2008 WCC Programmes S
Minute on the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip 20 February 2008 Central Committee S
ABC for Action and Advocacy - A note on universal birth registration 01 January 2008 WCC Programmes Advocacy report This informational Note for Action and Advocacy was written to support religious communities that wish to work with other sectors of society in promoting Universal Birth Registration.
Learning To Live Together 01 January 2008 WCC Programmes Background document An Intercultural and Interfaith Programme for Ethics Information. Interfaith Council on Ethics Education for Children, Global Networks of Religions for Children, Arigatou Foundation.
Human rights in the Philippines 22 November 2007 General Secretary S
Letter to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew 29 August 2007 General Secretary
Statement of the Conference "Churches for Water in Africa" 25 May 2007 WCC Programmes
La Paz report - Just and inclusive communities 03 May 2007 WCC Programmes R Representing the experiences, perspectives and visions of different excluded groups, a select group of 25 theologians from many parts of the world gathered in La Paz, Bolivia during May 2007, perhaps for the first time, to articulate their visions of the world and the church. Their attempt was to identify the possible thematic directions for the new programme - Just and Inclusive Communities - that brings together WCC's ongoing work in the areas of Overcoming racism, Ecumenical Disabilities Advocates Network, Indigenous Peoples and Dalit Solidarity.
Letter to the Turkish Ambassador to the UN in Geneva 01 May 2007 General Secretary S Rev. Dr. Samuel Kobia, WCC General Secretary expresses concern about killings and other threats directed at members and leaders of religious minorities in Turkey.
Anniversary abolition of trans-Atlantic slave trade 16 March 2007 General Secretary P
Statement on Iraq 16 March 2007 General Secretary Statement: public statement
Let the stones cry out 05 March 2007 Other ecumenical bodies A
Statement on UN Peacebuilding Commission 01 March 2007 Executive committee S
The 10 Steps to a Child Safe Organization 01 January 2007 WCC Programmes Background document A Handbook on Child Safety in organisations in Cambodia that will either get you started or enhance your existing child safe practices. Published by Save the Children Australia, Child Wise, and World Vision
On the execution of deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein 30 December 2006 General Secretary S
WCC statement on the execution of deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein 30 December 2006 General Secretary S
"Week of Impunity" in the Middle East 14 December 2006 Commission on International Affairs Statement: public statement WCC calls international attention to situation in the Middle East
Appeal against execution of Puerto Rican national 06 December 2006
Expression of concern on religious tension in Palu, Central Sulawesi 18 October 2006 General Secretary S
Arms trade draft resolution 06 October 2006 General Secretary S
Draft resolution on conventional arms control before the United Nations 06 October 2006
Punishing the victims of persecution: Churches speak out on detention 05 October 2006 Central Committee S
Recognition by Israel of His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilus III 29 September 2006 General Secretary S
Joint Report of the Programme and Policy Reference Committees (adopted) 06 September 2006 Central Committee R
Churches' Compassionate Response to HIV and AIDS 06 September 2006 Central Committee R
Statement on the War in Lebanon and Northern Israel, and Ecumenical 06 September 2006 Central Committee A
Minute on Kosovo 06 September 2006 Central Committee Statement: minute WCC Central Committee, Geneva, 30 August-6 September 2006
Statement on the conflict in Sri Lanka 06 September 2006 Executive committee S
Statement on extra-judicial killings in the Philippines 06 September 2006 Central Committee S
Minute on Sudan 06 September 2006 Central Committee Statement: minute WCC Central Committee, Geneva, 30 August-6 September 2006
Just Trade 06 September 2006 Central Committee S
World church leaders call for end to violence in the Middle East 08 August 2006 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) M
WCC Appeal to the International Community 03 August 2006 General Secretary S
Appeal for respect of right to religious freedom 02 August 2006 General Secretary S
Recognition of new Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem 22 July 2006 General Secretary S
Message of solidarity with the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem 22 July 2006 General Secretary S
Pastoral Letter on the Violence in the Middle East 21 July 2006 General Secretary P
Conflict between Israel and Lebanon 13 July 2006 General Secretary S
On the escalation of conflict between Israel and Lebanon 13 July 2006 General Secretary M
Appeal against the Second Report of the Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba 10 July 2006 General Secretary Statement: letter Letter to President George W. Bush
Child Safe Organisation Toolkit, ECPAT 01 July 2006 WCC Programmes Background document A practical child protection resource for grassroots organisations.
Letter on the Middle East conflict 21 June 2006 General Secretary S
The Mandate and Work of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion 01 June 2006 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S
A new era in the promotion and protection of human rights? 01 June 2006 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) R
Self study manual, ECPAT 01 June 2006 WCC Programmes Background document A practical child protection resource for grassroots organizations.
Statement on Human Rights Council 19 May 2006 Executive committee S
Executive Committee May 2006 Statement on the Conflict in Israel/Palestine: The Time Is Ripe To Do What 19 May 2006 Executive committee S
Statement on Sudan 19 May 2006 Executive committee A
Human Rights Council 19 May 2006 Executive committee R
The Right to Education in Pakistan 21 April 2006 Central Committee S
Question of the violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms in 21 April 2006 Central Committee S
Civil and Political Rights, including questions of torture and detention; 21 April 2006 Central Committee S
The formation of the Human Rights Council 21 March 2006 General Secretary S
Human Rights Council 20 March 2006 General Secretary S
The Responsibility to Protect 16 March 2006 General Secretary S
The situation of human rights in Papua, Indonesia 09 March 2006 Central Committee R
Philippines 07 March 2006 General Secretary S
Expression of concern on violation of the democratic rights of the Filipino 07 March 2006 General Secretary S
The human rights situation in Papua, Indonesia 03 March 2006 Central Committee S
Message from the World Council of Churches to the Churches in Uganda 23 February 2006 General Secretary M
5. Statement on water for life 23 February 2006 Assembly
7. Minute on mutual respect, responsibility and dialogue with people of other faiths 23 February 2006 Assembly S
Vulnerable Populations at Risk - the Responsibility to Protect 23 February 2006 Central Committee S
Statement on Latin America 23 February 2006 Central Committee A
Statement on Terrorism, Counter-terrorism and Human Rights 23 February 2006 Central Committee S
Minute on Mutual Respect, Responsibility and Dialogue with People of other Faiths 23 February 2006 Central Committee S
Katsunori Yamanoi 17 February 2006 Assembly L
Changing international and political context (Ecumenical conversations) 16 February 2006 Assembly B "Changing international and political context" : From the prophet Isaiah to the pastor Bonhoeffer, from Esther in ancient Israel to the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo in Argentina of our day, prophets are real and inspiring. They are raised up in honour at regular intervals in the Bible. God's promise of a new heaven and a new earth owes something to their labors. Yet most believers—no matter how committed to God's justice—would not call themselves prophets or think of themselves as prophetic people.
Prince El Hassan bin Talal 14 February 2006 Assembly L
Deborah Weissman 14 February 2006 Assembly L
Brazilian Inter-religious Group 14 February 2006 Assembly L
Appeal following Palestinian election 08 February 2006 General Secretary S
Towards a policy on HIV/AIDS 01 January 2006 WCC Programmes P
30th anniversary of the Permanent Assembly on Human Rights (APDH) 15 December 2005 WCC Programmes Statement: letter Letter to the Presidents of the APDH and members of the Board and Presidium
Expression of concern at recent statements by Iranian President 03 November 2005 General Secretary S
Security for refugees and asylum seekers 28 October 2005 Commission on International Affairs S
Message on the Episcopal Silver Jubilee year of Dr Alexander John Malik 27 October 2005 General Secretary S
Theological Consultation on the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme 28 September 2005 Commission on International Affairs L
Statement on Haiti 16 September 2005 Executive committee S
Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons 16 September 2005 Executive committee A
United Nations World Summit 07 September 2005 General Secretary S
Right to religious freedom 31 August 2005 General Secretary S
Background Information to Evaluate the Gaza Pullout 22 August 2005 Commission on International Affairs B
Response to the final document of the Cuban Pastoral Forum 25 June 2005 General Secretary S
Affirming human dignity, rights of peoples and the integrity of creation - Rwanda, 2004 01 June 2005 Commission on Faith and Order As part of the WCC's work on the Decade , this theological consultation, organized by WCC Faith and Order in Kigali, Rwanda (4-9 December 2004), was an attempt to discern what human dignity, rights of peoples and the integrity of creation mean for churches and the ecumenical movement as they attempt to counter the reality of massive abuse and destruction of life and its legitimization in the world today. It was also an attempt to do theology informed by the perspectives and experiences of the victims of violence.
WCC appeals to Libyan leader for clemency 24 May 2005 General Secretary S
Appeal against death sentence of six health workers in Libya 24 May 2005 General Secretary S
Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Indonesia-West Papua 22 April 2005 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) A
Memorandum to the UN secrtary-general 21 April 2005 General Secretary S
"In Larger Freedom" High-Level Panel Report on Threats, Challenges and 21 April 2005 General Secretary S
Christian leaders demand change in international trade rules 13 April 2005 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S
Ecumenical Mission to Togo 03 April 2005 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S
Open Letter on the Status of Jerusalem 31 March 2005 Commission on International Affairs S Expressing alarm about new political developments which adversely affect the status of Jerusalem, the director of the WCC's Commission of the Churches on International Affairs issued an open letter reiterating the position of its member churches and calling for "an open and inclusive Jerusalem, a city of shared sovereignty and citizenship, a city of two peoples and three faiths, of Christians, Muslims and Jews".
Message of sympathy and solidarity 31 March 2005 General Secretary S
Expression of concern on unrest in the province of Tarlac 31 March 2005 General Secretary S
PLEN 2 Plenary outline: Ecumenical Conversation on contemporary ethical challenges: human sexuality 22 February 2005 Central Committee R
INF 4 Hearings 22 February 2005 Central Committee R
GEN/PUB 5 Second report of the Public Issues committee 22 February 2005 Central Committee Table of contents: Introduction Minute on economic measures for peace in Israel/Palestine Human rights and languages of indigenous peoples Countries affected by the tsunami International Criminal Court Detainees held at Guantanamo Bay Iraq crisis: enhancing peace, accountability and the rule of law Practising hospitality in an era of new forms of migration
Statement on Detainees at Guantanamo Bay 22 February 2005 Central Committee M
Statement on the Iraq Crisis: Enhancing Peace, Accountability and the Rule 22 February 2005 Central Committee A
The International Criminal Court 22 February 2005 Central Committee R
Practising hospitality in an era of new forms of migration 22 February 2005 Central Committee A
Human rights and languages of indigenous peoples 21 February 2005 Central Committee S
The signing of the historic peace agreement between the Government of 17 January 2005 Central Committee M
Partnerships between churches and people living with HIV/AIDS organizations 01 January 2005 WCC Programmes Policy document Guidelines (working document) 2005
Working with people living with HIV/AIDS organizations 01 January 2005 WCC Programmes Background document This document has been written to accompany World Council of Churches, Partnerships between Churches and People Living with HIV/AIDS Organizations: Guidelines, (2005). Whereas the partnership document explores the question of why churches should work with People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) organizations and networks, this document has a focus on how churches may work with PLWHA organizations and networks. For example: What issues do you need to think about? What are the needs of PLWHA? How should you interact PLWHA? It is hoped that this document of practical suggestions will assist in helping make partnerships functional and effective.
Working with people living with HIV/AIDS organizations 01 January 2005 WCC Programmes B
Partnerships between churches and people living with HIV/AIDS organizations 01 January 2005 WCC Programmes Policy document Guidelines (working document) 2005
Common ground and differences of view between the Bretton Woods Institutions (IMF and World Bank) and the WCC 22 October 2004 WCC Programmes P
Expression of concern on arbitrary arrest of executive director of People's 12 October 2004 Commission on International Affairs S
Expression of deep sympathy on the tragic death of children and other civilians 06 September 2004 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S
Minute on Zimbabwe 27 August 2004 Executive committee M
Statement on Korea 27 August 2004 Executive committee S
Minute on Zimbabwe 27 August 2004 Executive committee S
Expression of concern on infringements of freedom of expression 06 August 2004 Commission on International Affairs S
Inter-religious dialogue 05 August 2004 Commission on Faith and Order Lecture - Speech Presentation at the Faith and Order Plenary 2004, by the Rev. Dr Jacob Kurien, Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church
Inter-religious dialogue 05 August 2004 Commission on Faith and Order Lecture - Speech Presentation at the Faith and Order Plenary Commission meeting 2004, by Rev. Prof. S. Mark Heim, American Baptist Churches in the USA
Expression of concern on arrest of church leaders 14 June 2004 Commission on International Affairs S
Situation in Darfur 07 May 2004 General Secretary S
Water as a Gift and Right 30 April 2004 Central Committee S
30th anniversary of the NCC in Korea's Human Rights Mission 23 April 2004
Question of Religious Intolerance: Pakistan, Indonesia 23 April 2004 Commission on International Affairs S
Concern on outbreaks of violence in Kosovo 29 March 2004 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S
Comments on the killing of Sheikh Ahmad Yassin 25 March 2004 Commission on International Affairs S
Letter to Madam Justice Louise Arbour on the occasion of her appointment 03 March 2004 Commission on International Affairs M
Statement on Palestine/Israel 20 February 2004 Executive committee S
Executive Committee February 2004 Statement on the Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel's 20 February 2004 Executive committee A
Religious Plurality and Christian Self-Understanding 01 January 2004 Commission on Faith and Order S This unofficial text is the result of a unique collaboration among WCC Interreligious Relations, Mission and Evangelism, and Faith and Order staff, and their respective commissions or advisory bodies. It seeks a new approach to the difficult and controversial issues related to Christian self-understanding in a religiously plural world. The text, which is provisional as it has not been submitted to or adopted by any official WCC body, is shared here as a document for discussion and debate.
Religious Freedom and Liberty in the Emerging Context 18 December 2003 Commission on International Affairs S
Message of support 05 December 2003 General Secretary S
The collaboration of the WCC with International Governmental Institutions 22 November 2003 Commission on International Affairs A
Deteriorating law and order situation in Zimbabwe 27 October 2003 Commission on International Affairs S
Fraternal greetings 07 October 2003 General Secretary S
Hearings 02 September 2003 Central Committee
Minute on the Responsibility to Protect: Ethical and Theological Reflections 02 September 2003 Central Committee S
Statement on Iraq 02 September 2003 Central Committee A
Minute on the Occupied Palestinian Territories 02 September 2003 Central Committee S
The action of the Central Committee 02 September 2003 Central Committee S
Child Protection Protocols for Churches in Barbados 01 September 2003 WCC Programmes Background document Child protection : “measures and structures to prevent and respond to abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence affecting children.”
Religious freedom and liberty in Eritrea 23 June 2003 Commission on International Affairs S
Question of Religious Intolerance: Indonesia, Pakistan, India 27 April 2003 Central Committee S
On developments in Indonesia-West Papua 27 April 2003
Appeal for incarcerated scholars, political dissidents and members of human 15 April 2003 General Secretary S
Appeal for clemency for Lionel Tate 03 April 2003 General Secretary S
Statement on the War in Iraq 20 March 2003 General Secretary S
Statement Against Military Action in Iraq 21 February 2003 Executive committee S
Expression of concern on rights of minority churches in Georgia 06 February 2003 Commission on International Affairs S
Message from Church Leaders United Against the War in Iraq 05 February 2003 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) M
Appreciation of decision to commute the death sentence 17 January 2003 Commission on International Affairs S
Liberia - Appeal for the release of human rights defender 22 November 2002 Commission on International Affairs S
Appeal on the occasion of the NATO Summit in Prague 14 November 2002 Commission on International Affairs Statement: letter Letter from the CCIA director Peter Weiderud to foreign ministers of the non-nuclear member states of NATO
Group II: Fostering co-citizenship and upholding human rights 17 October 2002 Inter-Religious Relations and Dialogue R An international consultation on "Christians and Muslims in Dialogue and Beyond" took place in Geneva, 16-18 October 2002, hosted by the World Council of Churches. It brought together representatives of major international Muslim and Christian organisations, scholars and people active in the work of local Christian and Muslim communities.
Pakistan - Condemnation of the assassination of human rights defenders 01 October 2002 General Secretary S
Indonesia - Appeal for protection of human rights in West Papua 20 September 2002 General Secretary S
World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), Johannesburg, South Africa, 26 August - 4 September 2002 04 September 2002 Other ecumenical bodies S
Statement on South Asia 03 September 2002 Central Committee R
Minute on the tragedy of September 11th 2001 and the implications of the US government's response 26 August 2002 Central Committee Statement: minute Adopted by the WCC Central Committee, Geneva, 26 August - 3 September 2002.
Yugoslavia [Former] - Appeal for religious tolerance 16 August 2002 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S
Guide For Reflection: Beyond 11 September: Implications for US Churches and the World 05 August 2002 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S
Beyond 11 September: Implications for US Churches and the World 05 August 2002 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S
Being church and overcoming racism: It's time for transformative justice 27 June 2002 Central Committee Report Presented at the Plenary on Being Church and Overcoming Racism of the WCC Central Committee meeting in 2002.
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - Appeal to the European Union to take a leading role in seeking a just and sustainable peace in the Middle East 12 June 2002 General Secretary S
Report of the XLV meeting of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs 03 June 2002 Commission on International Affairs R
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - Appeal for urgent action 15 March 2002 Commission on International Affairs S
India - Condemnation of inter-communal violence in Gujarat 05 March 2002 General Secretary S
Haiti - Appeal to the government and leaders of the ruling Lavalas political party to put an end to violence and injustice 19 December 2001 General Secretary S
Indonesia - Appeal on sectarian violence in Central Sulawesi 10 December 2001 General Secretary S
Beyond 11 September: Assessing Global Implications 29 November 2001 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) B
Expression of deep concern about the safety and security of the Christian minority in Pakistan 29 October 2001 General Secretary S
Expression of concern about threats of retaliation following the September 11th attacks in the U.S.A. 01 October 2001 General Secretary S
World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, Durban, South Africa, 26 August - 7 September 2001 07 September 2001 WCC Programmes Statement: public statement Concluding statement issued by the World Council of Churches delegation
Statement of the ecumenical caucus to the WCAR 05 September 2001 WCC Programmes M
Oral statement of the ecumenical caucus at the WCAR 05 September 2001 WCC Programmes M
Statement presented to the media by Archbishop Desmond Tutu on behalf of the Ecumenical Caucus 05 September 2001 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) Statement: public statement World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, Durban, South Africa, 26 August - 7 September 2001
Australia - Expression of concern about treatment of asylum seekers 29 August 2001 General Secretary S
Submission to UNHCHR re WCAR draft declaration 15 August 2001 WCC Programmes M
Background paper submitted to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights 15 August 2001 Commission on International Affairs Background document The CCIA, against the background of more than fifty years of work against racism and its effects, notably through the WCC Program to Combat Racism, has submitted comments for consideration in the drafting of the Draft Declaration and Programme of Action.
International Ecumenical Consultation on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict 07 August 2001 WCC Programmes Report convened by the WCC August 6-7, 2001 - Geneva, Switzerland
Report of delegation to Israel/Palestine 06 August 2001 WCC Programmes Report The WCC general secretary sent an ecumenical delegation to Jerusalem and the West Bank from 27 June to 1 July 2001 to meet with the Patriarchs and Heads of Christian Communities in Jerusalem as well as key local clergy and laity, church-related and ecumenical organisations including Israeli and Palestinian human rights and peace activists. This was an exploratory and consultative mission as part of a preparatory process for an international ecumenical meeting to be convened in Geneva.
Review of Developments pertaining to the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms of Indigenous Peoples 27 July 2001 Joint Working Group S
United Nations Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects 16 July 2001 Commission on International Affairs R
Appeal for the release of Ethiopian human rights defender 10 May 2001 General Secretary S
Argentina - Expression of appreciation for action to overcome impunity 29 March 2001 Commission on International Affairs S
Oral intervention on human rights violations in the occupied Arab territories 28 March 2001 Commission on International Affairs S The following is the full text of the intervention made on Wednesday, 28 March, to the 57th Session of the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights, meeting in Geneva, 19 March - 27 April 2001
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 21 March 2001 WCC Programmes M
Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples 20 February 2001 Commission on International Affairs S
Minute on Indonesia 06 February 2001 Central Committee M
The protection of endangered populations in situations of armed violence: toward an ecumenical ethical approach 06 February 2001 Central Committee B
Resolution on uprooted people 06 February 2001 Central Committee Statement: public statement Document No. PI 4
List of major meetings: 1969-2001 01 February 2001 WCC Programmes Background document WCC programme on Interreligious dialogue and cooperation
Statement on the situation in the Sudan 29 January 2001 Central Committee S
Pakistan - Appeal for the release of blasphemy law protestors 15 January 2001 General Secretary S
Expression of concern about developments in the Philippines 01 January 2001 General Secretary S
Call for investigation into abuses of human rights of migrants in the countries of the Persian Gulf 24 November 2000 Commission on International Affairs S
Argentina - Follow-up to the appeal on behalf of the "Prisoners of La Tablada" 13 November 2000 Commission on International Affairs S
Teaching Christianity in dialogue with other faith traditions 23 October 2000 WCC Programmes Report Consultation report of a 19-23 October 2000 consultation in Geneva on "Concepts of teaching and learning in religions: teaching Christianity in dialogue with other faith traditions", held in cooperation with the German Comenius Institute "At this point in history, two main trends - globalization and pluralism - are the focus of the ecumenical movement, and are decisive elements influencing societies and all areas of education all over the world. Both trends present challenges and opportunites for intercultural and interreligious exchange and learning."
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - Sharing the land, the truth and the peace 17 October 2000 Commission on International Affairs Statement: public statement Written submission by the CCIA to the Fifth Special Session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights devoted to grave and massive violations of the human rights of the Palestinian people by Israel
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - In Pursuit of Lasting Peace with Justice 17 October 2000 Commission on International Affairs R
indonesia - Appeal on the situation in the Malukus 13 July 2000 General Secretary S
Argentina - Appeal on behalf of the "Prisoners of La Tablada" 07 July 2000 Commission on International Affairs S
Statement on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Creation of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) 26 June 2000 Executive committee S
Zimbabwe - Pastoral letter to the churches 25 April 2000 General Secretary P
Russia - Statement on Chechnya 29 February 2000 Executive committee S
Special Session of the General Assembly on the Implementation of the Outcome of the World Summit for Social Development and Further Initiatives («Geneva 2000») 25 February 2000
Iraq - Appeal to the UN Security Council to lift sanctions with direct and indiscriminate effect on the civilian population 18 February 2000 General Secretary S
Romania - Appeal for continued dialogue on church-state legislation 04 February 2000 General Secretary S
Report of the XLIII Meeting of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs 22 January 2000 Commission on International Affairs R
Appeal to Indonesian Government to end impunity 12 January 2000 General Secretary S
By-laws of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA)* 01 January 2000 Central Committee Policy document
Yugoslavia [Former] - Condemnation of the destruction of churches 03 December 1999 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S
Memorandum and Recommendations on Response to Armed Conflict and International Law 03 September 1999 Central Committee S Recommendations adopted by the Central Committee and memorandum received and commended to the churches, Geneva, 26 August - 3 September 1999.
Indonesia - Protest of travel ban imposed on Central Committee member 03 September 1999 Commission on International Affairs S
Nigeria - Minute on Nigeria 03 September 1999 Central Committee M
Brazil - Expression of indignation at court decision to absolve officials charged with responsibility for the massacres of landless peasants 25 August 1999 Commission on International Affairs S
Congratulations on the granting of the World Methodist Council's Peace Prize to the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo 13 August 1999 General Secretary Statement: letter Conveyed by letter to Bishop Aldo M. Etchegoyen of the Evangelical Methodist Church of Argentina.
Yugoslavia [Former] - Ecumenical delegation visit to Kosovo 29 June 1999 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S
Yugoslavia [Former] - Pastoral letter to the Holy Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church 24 June 1999 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) P
Unresolved questions related to the genocidal killings in Rwanda 01 June 1999 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) B
Chile - Expression of concern about police intervention in FASIC headquarters 26 May 1999 Commission on International Affairs S
Yugoslavia [Former] - Statement on Protection of Humanitarian Principles in Kosovo Refugee Response 15 April 1999 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S
Turkey - Expression of concern about the abduction, detention and trial in Turkey of Mr Abdullah Ocalan 11 March 1999 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S
Indonesia - Appeal for decided action to stop inter-communal violence 01 March 1999 General Secretary S
Indonesia - Ecumenical delegation visit on request of the WCC eighth assembly 03 February 1999 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) A
Congo: Appeals for international efforts for peace 02 February 1999 General Secretary S
Response by Krister Stendahl 10 May 1997 WCC Programmes L "Formation of Christian Folks in a Plural World" - a response by Krister Stendahl to the paper "Formation of the Laos".
Joint statement on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 19 March 1997 General Secretary Statement: public statement Issued jointly by Mr Jean Fischer, general secretary of the Conference of European Churches, the Rev. Dr Ishmael Noko, general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation, the Rev. Dr Milan Opocenski, general secretary of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and the Rev. Dr Konrad Raiser of the World Council of Churches.
Baar Statement: Theological Perspectives on Plurality 15 January 1990 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S The Dialogue sub-unit of the WCC undertook a four-year study programme on 'My Neighbour's Faith and Mine - Theological Discoveries through Interfaith Dialogue'. As the apex of this study, delegates from the Orthodox, Protestant and Roman Catholic traditions were brought together to reflect on some of these issues. A week of intense discussions centred on questions such as the significance of religious plurality, christology, and the issues in understanding the activity of the Spirit in the world. The document which follows is a statement made by the members of this consultation, which was held in Baar, near Zurich, Switzerland in January 1990. It is hoped that the statement will help to animate and facilitate the discussion of these important issues as we face the Seventh Assembly in Canberra in February 1991.
1989 Statement by the Heads of the Christian Communities in Jerusalem 26 April 1989 Other ecumenical bodies Statement: public statement This statement is signed by: - His Beatitude Diodoros I Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem - His Beafitude Michel Sabbah, Latin Patriarch - His Beatitude Yeghishe Derderian, Armenian Orthodox Patriarch - Very Rev. Father Carlo Cecchitelli, of m, Custos of the Holy Land - His Exc. Amba Basilios, Coptic Orthodox Archbishop - His Exc. Mar Dionysios Behnam Jijawi, Syrian Orthodox Archbishop - His Exc. Msgr Lutfi Laham, Greek Melkite Catholic Patriarcal Vicar - Right Rev. Samir Kafity, Bishop of the Episcopalian Church - Right Rev. Naim Nasr, Bishop ot the Evangelical Lutheran Church
Appeal to the UN secretary general on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict 20 August 1988 Central Committee S
Larnaca Declaration 26 November 1986 Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) S Poor and oppressed people, who are at the margins of the world's concern, should be at the centre of Christian service, insisted the 300 participants in the 1986 global ecumenical consultation on interchurch aid in Larnaca, Cyprus. Diakonia, they said, is "liberating and transforming, suffering and empowering". Christian service cannot be separated from the struggle for justice and peace; therefore, advocacy, solidarity and sharing of skills are as essential to diakonia as the giving of money.
Study I: Living in a Religiously Plural World 01 January 1986 WCC Programmes S
Study VI: Witness in a Religiously Plural World 01 January 1986 WCC Programmes Study document The study guide My Neighbour's Faith and Mine: Theological discoveries through interfaith dialogue, was published by the WCC in 1986. Since then it has been translated into numerous languages and used widely.
The World Council of Churches' Condemnation of Forced Evictions in 01 January 1970 Commission on International Affairs S
Ruling on Migrants' Right of Non-Refoulement 01 January 1970 General Secretary S The World Council of Churches welcomes the landmark ruling of the European Court of Human Rights on 23 February 2012, in which the EU Court ruled that Italy violated the rights of Eritrean and Somali migrants by sending them back to Libya.