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ACT Alliance joins UNICEF “Refugees Welcome” programme

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14 Feb 2017

  ACT Alliance is joining with UNICEF and other partners to launch a programme called Refugees Welcome.  This programme is an opportunity for ACT and its members to stand in solidarity with the world’s 65 million displaced persons, over half of whom are children.  Many ACT members have been responding to the needs of refugees […]

Looking into the 2017 crystal ball, with an eye on climate change

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10 Feb 2017

What will happen in 2017? It is always difficult to predict the future, but I would still like to share some of my hopes and fears. From a climate change perspective, we can expect a lot, both good and bad. The good story is that the global awareness of climate change, and the need for […]

A call for improved conditions for refugees in Greece

In Oreokastro refugee camp outside Thessaloniki in Greece live people who have fled from Syria.  Photo: Håvard Bjelland/ Kirkens Nødhjelp/ACT
01 Feb 2017

The refugee crisis in Greece has not ended, we just have forgotten it. 60,000 refugees are trapped in Greece, sometimes in substandard humanitarian conditions. A fact which clearly contrasts with the amount of European assistance pouring into Greece.  ACT Alliance EU has joined with 30 other organisations in asking EU Member States to prioritise the […]

Perfect love casts out fear

Sara and Palig Sarkisian are refugees from Syria living in Amman, Jordan. When their family received a box of household supplies from household supplies from International Orthodox Christian Charities, a member of the ACT Alliance, the girls, who are 5- and 4-years old, respectfully, thought the box was the best part. IOCC supports Syrian refugee families, who aren't allowed by the Jordanian government to work, as well as many poor Jordanian families that have been negatively impacted by rising rents and prices for basic commodities, the result of the influx of Syrians into the country. Photo: Paul Jeffrey
31 Jan 2017

PRESS RELEASE Sara and Palig Sarkisian are refugees from Syria living in Amman, Jordan, where ACT members support Syrian refugee families. Photo: Paul Jeffrey The ACT Alliance, a network of 144 members in 100 countries, today joined the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), in calling for a reversal of […]

Executive Director of ACT member Bless talks about the bomb blast in Cairo

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13 Dec 2016

Several people, mostly women and children, lost their lives due to a bomb blast at the Cairo’s main Coptic cathedral during the Sunday morning Mass. “Such an attack on innocent worshippers and the church property is despicable, immoral and shameful”, said John Nduna, General Secretary of ACT Alliance in a message to the Rt Rev. […]

Protecting bodies and rights

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10 Dec 2016

    “As long as women’s and girls’ bodies aren’t safe when walking on the streets then it is difficult to live”. I know this, but when meeting with Mozn Hassan, human rights defender and Director of Nazra for Feminist Studies, and hearing her way of describing the importance of mobilization and education for women’s […]

Green transition and human rights

Human face of climate change stunt during the COP22 in Marrocos. Photo: Valter Hugo Muniz
09 Dec 2016

  When the world’s states convened at the climate summit in Marrakesh, Morocco, a few weeks ago, 47 of the most vulnerable countries in the world stood up and made a pledge. They want to switch to 100 % renewable energy. A total transformation of their economies and development, pushing coal, oil and gas out […]

Faith in human rights

It takes a village to build a well. Residents of the Khamsadegaig Camp for internally displaced persons look down a well they built with help from the Darfur Emergency Response Operation, a joint program of Caritas Internationalis and ACT Alliance. The Catholic and Protestant aid networks have pooled their resources since 2004 in order to help some of the 2.5 million people displaced by violent conflict in Sudan's western Darfur region. Photo: Paul Jeffrey
09 Dec 2016

  There are still some people out there who believe that faith and Christianity are in complete contradiction with human rights. I don’t. In fact, most faith-based justice and rights proponents believe that faith values and principles support human rights. For example, according to James Wood[1]  ‘The creation of humankind in the image of God […]

The key role of civil society in the effective implementation of the SDGs

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28 Nov 2016

From 30 November to 1 December the High Level Forum for Effective Development (HLM2) will take place in Nairobi. The event is organized by the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) is a great opportunity to demand multistakeholder platform in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to demand the continuation of […]

Marrakech COP22 is a small step in the right direction

A bridge near Pueblo Nuevo in northern Nicaragua, that no water has passed under for months. The rains just didn't come. In wide areas across El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, harvests have been completely destroyed by the drought causing enormous hardship for many thousands of poor subsistence farming families. The drought in this area is believed to be an effect of climate change. Photo: Sean Hawkey
18 Nov 2016

PRESS RELEASE As the two-week long UN climate talks in Marrakech, COP22, reach their final hours, international faith based humanitarian and development network ACT Alliance said that the transition to a green and resilient future has taken strides forward but urged governments to keep up and grow the momentum. Commenting on the two-week deliberations the […]

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