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Religious Actors: Ally or Threat for Achieving Gender Equality?

28 Jun 2021

New report calls for strategic partnerships with religious actors working for gender equality. Release date: 28th June 2021 At a time of rising fundamentalisms, which are pushing back hard against women’s rights at every level and across the world, a new report ‘Looking Back to Look Forward: The Role of Religious Actors in Gender Equality […]

Time for governments to do their climate homework

25 Jun 2021

The first online session with UN climate talks ended on June 17. Parties had, for three weeks, tried to make progress in the talks, leading towards the upcoming summit (COP26) in Glasgow in November. And they failed. I must admit that conditions for a breakthrough were bad from the start. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, […]

ACT welcomes the election of the new General Secretary for the Lutheran World Federation

Rev. Anne Burghardt, the new General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation. Photo: LWF
19 Jun 2021

ACT Alliance joins with Lutherans around the world in congratulating Rev. Anne Burghardt on her election as the new General Secretary for the Lutheran World Federation, based in Geneva. LWF is a key part of the ecumenical family, and of the ACT Alliance, as it represents 148 Lutheran churches around the world in 99 countries.  […]

Climate Change certainly has a gender and generational perspective

Fernanda Zúñiga Keim participating in a prayer vigil in the closing hours of COP25 in Madrid, Spain. Photo: Simon Chambers/ACT
08 Jun 2021

Fernanda Zúñiga Keim, Lutheran Church in Chile, recorded vlog for ACT as we continue to follow the climate negotiations happening this month online in preparation for COP26 in Glasgow later this year.  The English translation of her vlog is below: According to the IPCC, climate change will not only affect the different regions of the […]

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 […]

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