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Ecumenical International Youth Day 2024

12 August 2024

On August 12th, the United Nations observes International Youth Day. Since 2019, the World Council of Churches has introduced its own Ecumenical International Youth Day through the Youth Engagement desk. Throughout the years, the EIYD has addressed pertinent social issues for young people, such as mental health, issues with indigenous groups, and climate justice. Last year's theme focused on Young People’s Voices from the War zones.  

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Side event in Bonn highlights intersectional climate impacts

The World Council of Churches (WCC), in collaboration with the Brahma Kumaris, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Lutheran World Federation, and ACT Church of Sweden, co-organized a side event, ”Addressing the Intersectional Impacts of Climate Change; Bridging Gender Gaps in Climate: Faith Perspectives,” at the Climate Change Conference 2024 in Bonn. The event focused on gender justice and strategies to bridge gender gaps in climate change.

Statement on Ecumenical Solidarity with Sudan

It has been more than a year since large-scale fighting broke out between the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF). This conflict between two former allies in the 2021 military coup that toppled the previous transitional government has almost destroyed a country whose people had already suffered through many years of protracted and multidimensional crises.

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Beginn der Weltgesundheitsversammlung: ÖRK bekräftigt Engagement für „Gesundheit für alle“

„Ungeachtet, ob Krankheiten und Leiden die am wenigsten gefährdeten oder die vulnerabelsten Menschen betreffen: Sie müssen von allen wahrgenommen werden und alle müssen gemeinsam, gerecht, wirksam und in gegenseitiger Verantwortung darauf reagieren“, schrieb Pastor Prof. Dr. Jerry Pillay, Generalsekretär des Ökumenischen Rates der Kirchen (ÖRK) in einer Botschaft an Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Generaldirektor der Weltgesundheitsorganisation (WHO), anlässlich der 77. Weltgesundheitsversammlung in Genf.

Comienza la Asamblea de la OMS: el CMI reafirma su compromiso con la “salud para todos”

“La mala salud y el sufrimiento que padecen los menos favorecidos y los más vulnerables deben ser sentidos y atendidos por todos de forma unida, equitativa, eficaz y mutuamente responsable”, escribió el Rev. Prof. Dr. Jerry Pillay, secretario general del Consejo Mundial de Iglesias (CMI), en un mensaje dirigido al Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general de la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS), con motivo de la 77.ª Asamblea Mundial de la Salud que se celebra estos días en Ginebra.

À l’entame de l’assemblée de l’OMS, le COE réaffirme son attachement à «la santé pour tout le monde»

À l’occasion de la 77e Assemblée mondiale de la santé, qui se déroule en ce moment à Genève, le pasteur Jerry Pillay, secrétaire général du Conseil œcuménique des Églises (COE) a écrit dans un message à M. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, directeur général de l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) que «la mauvaise santé et les souffrances vécues par les plus vulnérables doivent être ressenties et traitées par toutes et tous dans l’unité, l’équité, l’efficacité et la redevabilité mutuelle».

As WHO assembly starts, WCC reaffirms commitment to “health for all”

“The ill health and suffering experienced by the least and the most vulnerable must be felt by and responded to by all in a united, equitable, effective, and mutually accountable manner,” wrote Rev. Prof. Dr Jerry Pillay, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary in a message to Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, World Health Organization (WHO) director-general, as the 77th World Health Assembly is taking place in Geneva.

WCC strongly condemns new attack by Israeli forces near camp for displaced persons in Rafah

World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Jerry Pillay strongly condemned an attack by Israeli forces near a camp for displaced persons in the city of Rafah in the Gaza Strip. Dozens of people were killed in the 26 May airstrike in an area where displaced civilians were sheltering in tents. The strike sparked a fire that tore across the camp, local officials said.