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ACT Palestine Forum statement on health care access to Gaza

07 Jun 2021

The ACT Palestine Forum has published the following statement on health care access to Gaza: The ACT Palestine Forum is deeply concerned about the devastation caused by the recent military operations in the Gaza Strip. The loss of lives, displacement of tens of thousands of people, destruction of civilian buildings and healthcare infrastructure, deprivation of access to basic humanitarian needs including food, water and […]

Advocacy continues at UNFCCC intersessional meetings after a worrying first week of negotiations

Churches supporting climate justice banner
07 Jun 2021

The UNFCCC climate negotiations started again on May 31, 2021 against a background of predicted forecasts that are not good, in fact, bad:  The World Meteorological Organization reports a 40% chance that global temperatures could reach 1.5 degrees C years sooner than the decade long timeframe given in 2018, and a 90% chance that they […]

UN Climate talks are back, but are they on track?

ACT, WCC, LWF and other ecumenical bodies joined tens of thousands in marching through the streets of New York City in the Climate Strike, demanding climate justice now. Photo: Simon Chambers/ACT
31 May 2021

The UN climate summit (COP25) in Madrid ended on the 15th of December, 2019. At that time nobody knew it would be almost one and a half years until negotiations would continue. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has not only challenged people and communities around the world, it has also hindered important talks about the future […]

People of faith organise to put pressure on COP26

Helena Funk presenting during the Raise your voice in faith for climate justice webinar.
26 May 2021

Even in the midst of a global pandemic, there is perhaps no greater issue facing humanity than the climate crisis.  Although each year, representatives of states, the private sector, and civil society gather at the UN Climate Conference known as COP to negotiate about the global response to this existential emergency, little progress has been […]

Situation in Tigray is volatile and humanitarian needs are growing: we must scale up our response

25 May 2021

The humanitarian situation of the Tigray region in Ethiopia is proving to be a real challenge for humanitarian international organizations and NGOs. Access remains unpredictable while the humanitarian needs are rising. According to OCHA more than 2 million people have been displaced by the conflict and our Ethiopia Forum confirms that the number of IDPs is […]

International church-based organizations urge Colombian president to stop spiral of violence

20 May 2021

The ACT Alliance, World Council of Churches, Lutheran World Federation, World Communion of Reformed Churches, Anglican Communion, World Methodist Council, Latin American Episcopal Council  and World Association for Christian Communication, in a letter sent 18 May, urged Colombian president Iván Duque Marquéz to stop the spiral of violence that is doing terrible harm to the […]

ACT Alliance, WCC echo call from churches in El Salvador to promote peace

18 May 2021

In a 12 May letter to the Ecumenical Forum of the Churches in El Salvador, ACT Alliance general secretary Rudelmar Bueno de Faria and World Council of Churches acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca wrote that they are following the political developments in El Salvador with great concern. “We echo your recent call […]

ACT-Forum Nepal: joint commitment to fight the second COVID-wave

14 May 2021

Several ACT Alliance-members have been working in Nepal for years and have strong networks in the country. Bidyanath Bhurtel, Forum Convenor and ICCO Cooperation Country director, explains how the members respond to the second COVID-wave in the country, currently facing the highest positivity and production rates in the world.   After the first COVID-wave in […]

ACT Alliance members in India unite to face the disastrous second COVID-wave

05 May 2021

India is facing a unique challenge caused by a new variant of the COVID-19 virus spreading over the country in record time. Since the beginning of April 2021, the daily caseload has more than doubled to over 350,000 newly infected people a day. What’s the response of India’s ACT-Forum? We spoke with Joseph Sahayam, the […]

ACT Alliance General Secretary named to the COVAX Facility

Rudelmar Bueno de Faria speaking at the United Nations. Photo: Simon Chambers/ACT
28 Apr 2021

Rudelmar Bueno de Faria, ACT’s General Secretary, has been vocal on the need for vaccine equity since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.  While many countries have ordered far more vaccine than their population calls for, and a number of developed countries are well on the road to full vaccination and recovery, other countries […]

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