ACT News

Cold Snap in Romania

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24 Feb 2017

Heavy snowfalls, a deep freeze and powerful blizzards in the south and east of Romania affect approximately 40,000 people, causing the deaths of many elderly people by hypothermia     A cold snap hit Eastern Europe in early January 2017 and Romania has been one of the worst affected countries. The severe weather has affected […]

Civil society concerned about EU plans for anti-smuggling cooperation with Libya

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23 Feb 2017

 ACT Alliance and ACT Alliance EU have joined over 70 organisations in expressing their grave concerns about proposed EU cooperation with Libya in an open letter to EU heads of state and EU policymakers. This concern was triggered by the declaration  following the recent European Council meeting on Malta on 3 February, announcing plans to seek closer […]

ACT Alliance and WCC decide on Sweden as location for strategic meetings in 2018

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22 Feb 2017

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ACT Alliance and the World Council of Churches (WCC) jointly announced today that they will hold two strategic governance meetings, back to back, in Uppsala, Sweden in the fall of 2018. The ACT Alliance General Assembly will be held at the end of October, bringing together over 200 people from its membership around the world at its quadrennial meeting. The WCC’s Executive Committee and members of ACT’s General Assembly will then meet together on 1 November for a joint day of learning and work around the concept of ecumenical diaconia and sustainable development, followed by the WCC Executive Committee’s regular meeting.

ACT Alliance names Rudelmar Bueno de Faria as new General Secretary

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17 Feb 2017

PRESS RELEASE GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Governing Board of the ACT Alliance is pleased to announce the appointment of Rudelmar Bueno de Faria as the new General Secretary of ACT Alliance. He will begin his term as General Secretary on 1st June 2017, relocating to Geneva at that time. Rudelmar brings a wealth of experience to […]

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 […]

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