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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 […]

Critical climate action is in the pipeline – but where is the money?

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16 Nov 2016

PRESS RELEASE Today, as ministers attending the UN climate talks in Marrakech, COP22, meet to discuss climate finance, ACT Alliance is calling for more funds and support towards urgent climate action in developing countries. Acknowledging the road map on climate finance that developed countries recently presented on how they want to deliver on their commitment […]

Gender Just Climate Action

Cebonet Alcide winnows beans in Despagne, an isolated village in southern Haiti where the Lutheran World Federation has been working with residents to improve their quality of life. Photo: Paul Jeffrey
16 Nov 2016

  As we are gather in Marrakech for COP22, let us remember the innumerable women who are climate  refugees or displaced, and the women who have lost their livelihoods and lives due to climate change. Gender justice is central to climate justice. And women’s leadership is central and crucial to climate justice as they are […]

Faith leaders make a joint call for increased climate ambition

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10 Nov 2016

PRESS RELEASE Leaders from various faiths today came together to hand an interfaith statement to the UNFCCC Executive Secretary calling for clear action to move from polluting fossil fuel use towards clean renewable energy sources. Representatives from Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist communities among others showed their united support for the full and ambitious […]

Advocates urge transition to low-carbon economy, clean energy

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09 Nov 2016

PRESS RELEASE Delegations from the ACT Alliance, Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and World Council of Churches (WCC) at the United Nations climate conference in Marrakech, Morocco, 7-18 November, are jointly demanding a more rapid transition to a low-carbon economy based on clean energy in order to stem rising global temperatures. The faith-based organizations are represented […]

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