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ACT Alliance hails General Assembly support for Global Compact on Refugees

Rohingya refugees crossing bridge
16 Nov 2018

An important step was taken this week in New York, where the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) was adopted by the Third Committee of the General Assembly. The GCR was developed over an 18-month consultation period that involved a variety of stakeholders, including member states, UNHCR, and non-state actors such as ACT Alliance and its […]

ACT Alliance Assembly Message: Hope in action – putting people first

15 Nov 2018

ACT Alliance members issued an Assembly Message at ACT’s third General Assembly. The message is indicative of ACT’s prophetic calling and reflection and presents an urgent call for action and commitment to addressing some of the most pressing issues of our time.  Here is a summary of the commitments and calls made by the Assembly: […]

[Press Release] “Sustainable Development needs attention for religion”

Azza Karam
15 Nov 2018

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam launches extraordinary chair together with ICCO and ACT Alliance. For a few years, global challenges like poverty and climate change have been approached within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Until now, however,  scarce attention has been paid to the role of religion in achieving the SDGs, even though the […]

ACT Alliance statement on Austria turning away from the Global Compact on Migration

Cooking in the communal kitchen - young people take responsibility and care for themselves and others in a programme for unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in Austria. Photo: Nadja Meister / Diakonie Flüchtlingsdienst
06 Nov 2018

The announcement of the Austrian government that it has decided not to sign the recently agreed UN Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration (GCM) has caused consternation among many organizations working with and for migrants, including ACT Alliance, a coalition of 150 churches and church-related organisations working together in humanitarian aid, development and […]

Highlights from ACT’s General Assembly

06 Nov 2018

The work of the third session of the ACT Alliance General Assembly completed on November 1st in Uppsala, Sweden. The General Assembly is the highest governance body of the Alliance and brings together the 145+ ACT members every four years. The work of the General Assembly aims to enable members to strengthen their commitment to one […]

Implementing the Global Compact on Refugees from a Faith Perspective

Image of 'Transit Zone' sign
18 Oct 2018

Last month, the inter-faith community gathered in New York at the Church Centre of the United Nations Plaza to discuss the implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees. The event was organised by ACT Alliance, Catholic Relief Services, Islamic Relief Worldwide and the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA. The panellists acknowledged that people move for various reasons, […]

Faith groups gather to discuss children on the move

Photo from Children on the Move conference
16 Oct 2018

  October 16, 2018 – This week a diverse group of organisations have come together for a forum at the Jesuit Curia in Rome where they will discuss how faith leaders can work together to end violence against children on the move. According to UNICEF more than 28 million children around the world have been […]

ACT members responding in Sulawesi

05 Oct 2018

A week after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami in Indonesia, the picture of devastation slowly continues to reveal itself.  Communications infrastructure was badly damaged, and entire communities were cut off.  To date, over 1500 people are known to have died in the disaster, and over 70,000 have been displaced. Members of the ACT […]

ACT Palestine Forum adopts statement in response to the Jewish Nation-State Law

24 Sep 2018

ACT Palestine Forum (APF) adopts the statement of his Grace Bishop Sani Ibrahin Azar of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and in the Holy Land with regard to the nation state law passed by the Knesset on 19 July 2018. On 19 July the Israeli Knesset passed a Basic Law which enshrines Israel as the […]

Defending the rights and dignity of migrants and refugees, ecumenically

Photo of women waiting in line in S.Sudan
21 Sep 2018

The international conference on “Xenophobia, Racism and Populist Nationalism in the Context of Global Migration” held in Rome on 18- 20 September 2018, was organised by the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. ACT Alliance participated in […]

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