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Keep up the faith! Governments meet for two weeks of UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany

Civil Society march at COP22, last year. Credit: V.Muniz/ACT
08 May 2017

PRESS RELEASE   Reports about dramatic effects of climate change keep coming, while governments meet for another round of UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany. ACT alliance will follow the meeting closely, and with great concern. Poor and vulnerable people around the world are already suffering from floods, droughts, heatwaves and dramatic storms. The head […]

Rebuilding in Nepal

Durgalal support his neighbors to construct  a permanent shelter. Durgalal is a professional mason. Credit: LWF Nepal
05 May 2017

  In a beautiful dawn of April 25, 2017, Durgalal BK and his wife excitedly visited their newly constructed house in the Dalit settlement in Baramchi Village in Sindhupalchok, Nepal. The BK family had a plan to paint their new dream house on the day when Nepal was commemorating the second anniversary of Gorkha quake.  […]

Faith and Community Leaders Call for Immediate Action on Climate Change at Interfaith Vigil

ACT Now for Climate Justice during the People's Climate March in Washington, DC.  Photo: Megan Cagle/CWS
02 May 2017

Washington, D.C. – Despite catastrophic storms, rising temperatures, severe droughts and other devastating environmental events, the United States has ignored its duty to act on the destructive effects of climate change domestically and around the world. In reaction to recent cuts to domestic environmental protection efforts and the denial of the effects that climate change […]

John Nduna in DC on the role of faith-based organizations in the SDGs

Dr. Jim Yong Kim addresses the faith-based organisations round table at the World Bank in Washington, DC. Photo: World Bank
21 Apr 2017

On April 18, 2017, John Nduna, General Secretary of the ACT Alliance, took part in a round table convened by the World Bank in Washington, DC, along with senior staff from sixteen other faith based organizations to discuss with the president of the bank the progress that is being made on poverty eradication, and the […]

ACT Alliance co-organizes first formal Faith-Based Side Event at UN Commission on Population and Development

ACT's Gwen Berge (right) speaking at the Commission on Population and Development in New York.  Photo: contributed
06 Apr 2017

Protecting Bodies – Protecting Rights – Faith Communities and Leaders Enabling Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights ACT Alliance together with World Council of Churches, UNFPA and the government of Norway co-hosted this official Side Event of the United Nations 50th Commission on Population and Development (CPD 50) in New York on 4 April 2017. After […]

Drought in the Horn of Africa points to a need for long-term solutions

A woman cross the flooded valley with food aid. Gerbile village is hit by drought. And now flooding. The dry soil is not able to absorb the rain, and the flooding destroy the landscape in Fafan zone, Somali region
04 Apr 2017

    The Horn of Africa is once again hit by drought. It is not the first time but this time it is critical. The current drought is projected to become the worst in decades, even worse than the one that led to the 2011 East Africa famine.[1] The good news, providing hope, is that […]

My journey at the UN Commission on the Status of Women

Rabia Waqar
28 Mar 2017

March 10th was a day that brought with it much excitement and some nervousness, as I headed off to the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) for the second time in my life. My enthusiasm was natural, as this is the largest annual gathering of women’s rights activists worldwide – in 2017, 162 […]

To challenge patriarchy, to make women’s equality a reality

24 Mar 2017

It’s a very cold March in New York, ice and snow piled up on the street. The atmosphere at the Church Centre for the United Nations which is opposite to the iconic UN General Assembly is celebratory. Women throng the lobby, in colourful attire and determined in their purpose, attending the myriad meetings the building […]

ACT member WACC calls for action to end news media sexism

WACC Photo Competition Credit: Leslie Knott (Afghanistan)
23 Mar 2017

  ACT Alliance member the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC)’s long-term commitment to promote gender justice by focusing on the media was a catalyst for the consultation “Gender and Media – challenges and opportunities in the post 2015 era” conducted right before CSW61 – this year’s 61st session of the United Nations Commission on […]

Working together for Gender Justice at the CSW61

SMC_CSW quote
21 Mar 2017

I am now at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) with a group of very engaged and active ACT Alliance colleagues mainly from our Community of Practice on gender justice. Tuesday (14) New York was practically shut down because of heavy snow fall. UN headquarters and most side events outside the UN building closed. […]

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