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04 May 2020
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ACT News

03 Sep 2021

“We believe that the global community can and must do more to save lives, improve the well-being of all human beings, promote peace and ensure the realization of all human rights,” reads a statement from ACT Alliance on vaccine justice. Over the months of May and June, and with the help of the global Vaccine […]

You probably know the phrase “Women’s Rights are Human Rights”, one of the favourite slogans of the feminist movement in the 80s and 90s. It is perhaps most notably known from Hilary Rodham Clinton’s landmark speech at the Beijing Conference 1995. It may have been a radical move by Clinton to use that slogan at […]

Boxes of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India and provided through the global COVAX initiative arrive at the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia Monday, March 15, 2021. The first shipment of 300,000 doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine will target the country's frontline workers, elderly and people with chronic health conditions, according to Somalia's Ministry of Health. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
27 Jul 2021

ACT Alliance members are reporting from all over the world about devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 4 million people have died, and millions have had their livelihoods disrupted, throwing more 120 million people into poverty, according to the World Bank. At the time of writing, a third wave of Covid-19 transmission is […]

08 Jul 2021

Why is donor support for civic space so important? The dramatic shrinking of civic space worldwide has become even more apparent since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic 2020. Many governments have disproportionately restricted the civil liberties of their citizens during the crisis. They have violated freedom of expression, freedom of the press and freedom […]

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, […]

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.  […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

28 Apr 2021

It is now over one year since the COVID-19 pandemic turned the world upside down. ACT, together with Religions for Peace, issued a joint statement on COVID-19 on March 26th 2020 in the early days of the pandemic, and has continued to work on responding to COVID-19 ever since. In this article, we would like to […]

Women march together in celebration of International Women's Day on March 8, 2016, in Dhawa, a village in the Gorkha District of Nepal. Photo: Paul Jeffrey
29 Mar 2021

On 26th March, the 65th UN Commission on the Status of Women concluded with the adoption by UN Member States of the Agreed Conclusions. During a global pandemic, the Commission was able to bring together Member States, UN Agencies, and civil society virtually. ACT Alliance worked with a delegation of 50+ global gender advocates, who […]

Lilian Mutheu speaking to a group during a DREAMS session in Mukuru Kwa Njenga. Photo: Sean Hawkey/ACT
22 Mar 2021

Challenging and changing social norms is a faith imperative. On 17th March, faith leaders and faith based organisations shared how they are doing this during a parallel event at the 65th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.. Practitioners and leaders from India, Tanzania, Mexico, Zimbabwe, UK, Australia and Kenya shared their experience of […]

09 Mar 2021

ACT Alliance is proud to launch it’s newest publication Climate-Resilient, Sustainable, and Low-Emission Livelihoods. In a period of climate emergency, a more efficient means to secure survival and sustainable development is to find co-beneficial means to address climate-related issues with efficiency. Efficiency is needed because of the deep concern of the impact of the fast-evolving […]

25 Jan 2021

This opinion piece was originally published by the Thomson Reuters Foundation and is available here. Communities on the frontlines of global warming impacts rarely have a say in decisions made to protect them. This must change. Birgitte Qvist-Sørensen is moderator of the ACT Alliance and general secretary of DanChurchAid; Reverend Ssekasiko Wilberforce is a local faith […]

12 Dec 2020

Five years ago countries around the world agreed on a plan to tackle the climate crisis. As a result, the Paris Agreement was born, and an era of international cooperation to deliver climate action began.  The Paris Agreement has already delivered concrete results, and various national, regional and international decisions and initiatives since then have […]

23 Oct 2020

Adapted from story by Anglican Alliance/Elizabeth Perry. ACT continues to build its influential network of faith-inspired climate justice advocates around the world. Through this network, ACT has been able to influence, inform and inspire climate action at the national and international level, while working to ensure that the needs and solutions of communities made vulnerable […]

05 Oct 2020

The ACT Alliance is a faith-motivated, rights-based, impact-focused network committed to working ecumenically and inter-religiously, with the communities we seek to serve and accompany at the centre of our work. Together, we strive for a world where all may live with dignity, justice, peace and full respect for human rights and the environment. The 2019 […]

28 Sep 2020

  ACT Alliance and members Church World Service (CWS) and World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) hosted a webinar to explore gender equality and human rights in a time of COVID-19 and climate change. Speakers included representatives from CSW Africa, ACT Brazil Forum- KOINONIA, and the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO). For ACT Alliance, the […]

16 Sep 2020

ACT Alliance joins Civil Society around the world to call for a Global Fund for Social Protection to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and to build a better future. Despite agreements on the fundamental human rights of all people to social protection and health, over two-thirds of the world’s population are still denied the right […]

11 Sep 2020

ACT Alliance joins various humanitarian and development organizations calling on Heads of State and Government ahead of UNGA 75 to make bold and ambitious decisions to halt and reverse biodiversity loss and put nature and ecosystems on a path to recovery by 2030. ACT Alliance members around the world are witnessing the various ways that […]

01 Sep 2020

Global celebration urges “radically new ways of living” to protect our common home The Season of Creation, an annual celebration of prayer and action for the environment, begins on 1 September. During this annual event, Christians around the world renew their relationship with the Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment. Although Christian […]

12 Aug 2020

Today, on International Youth Day, ACT Alliance is celebrating the work of young people from within its network across the globe who continue to strengthen and amplify the work and impact of the Alliance. The theme for this year’s celebration, Youth Engagement for Global Action, allows us the opportunity to highlight and celebrate ACT’s youth […]

12 May 2020

ACT Alliance has responded to the call for submissions issued by the UN Secretary General’s High-level Panel on Internal Displacement by sharing various lessons from its work with internally displaced people (IDPs) in a letter on Friday. In it, ACT identifies the unique role of churches and faith actors in overcoming some of the challenges […]

02 Apr 2020

We are now in a time of a global crisis. The COVID-19 virus is spreading all over the globe and making it clear how interconnected we are. It is reminding us that we cannot stand alone in this but must help one another. For today and for our common future. Even though so far most […]

The UN Climate talks have been put on hold.  The Corona virus pandemic is a growing global concern that is affecting people, communities, countries, as well as various international processes and opportunities for multilateral cooperation. As the global spread of COVID-19 continues, there is an increasing need for the international community to confront COVID-19 while […]

12 Dec 2019

Hardly a week passes by without the disturbing news of defenders of human rights being targeted and murdered in different parts of the world. Most of them are Indigenous people or are people defending the rights of Indigenous communities. Many indigenous people are being killed, marginalized, exploited and expelled from their lands by people who […]

A lovely lady, (Gogo) Juliana Praisi, comes from Ntakhala Village in the area of Traditional Authority Kadewere in Chiradzulu District, Malawi.  When her house collapsed during Cyclone Idai, she survived beneath a heap of bricks.  Her niece Lista Dan narrates the story of that one, tearful night.  It was a normal rainy season day for […]

Photo of Veronica in her farm
10 Dec 2019

Never before have the impacts of climate change been better understood. Two reports recently released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) highlight the tremendous risks to livelihoods, biodiversity, human and ecosystem health, infrastructure, water resources and food systems due to additional stresses caused by climate change[1]. In 2018, world hunger and malnutrition rose […]

07 Dec 2019

A farmer from Ahmednagar District of Maharashtra, India cried in full public view uncontrollably on November 24, 2019.  He said crying helplessly “I had to employ laborers and pay them to pick up onions from the field in the midst of rain.  Sharing his ordeal, he said how will I meet my own family’s need […]

05 Dec 2019

December 5, 2019   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA ADVISORY   TEXT: ACT Alliance, the Lutheran World Federation, and the World Council of Churches, who between them represent over 500 million Christians around the world, will be holding a stunt on Friday 6 December from 9h30-10h00 at the entrance to COP just past the location where […]

December 5, 2019   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA ADVISORY TEXT: ACT Alliance, the Lutheran World Federation, and the World Council of Churches, who between them represent over 500 million Christians around the world, will be holding a stunt on Friday 6 December from 9h30-10h00 at the entrance to COP just past the location where you […]

The extreme hurricanes in the Caribbean and North America, as well as the severe droughts in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the prolonged in parts of South-East Asia and Europe make it clear: the world is experiencing a climate breakdown. These unprecedented and extreme climatic events are threatening to wipe off decades in gains made towards poverty eradication, […]

I hope that world leaders packed the keys to unlock the much-needed climate action in Madrid – the answer is really a no-brainer. The number of sad, and frightening climate stories is booming. The effects of climate change are being felt through heatwaves in India, cyclones in southern Africa, and wildfires in the United States […]

02 Dec 2019

UN climate talks have a bad track record. Over and over again, governments meet to find practical solutions on how to tackle one the most urgent and dramatic global challenges we face as humanity: climate change. The majority of participants if not all, are in agreement about the need for action. However, when delegates book […]

New L&D publication
26 Nov 2019

As ACT Alliance members around the world continue to respond to extreme weather events, it is increasingly clear that climate change threatens to wipe out significant gains that countries have made towards sustainable development and poverty alleviation.  “Unchecked climate change is running rampant, and certain developing countries and climate-vulnerable communities are being hit the hardest,” […]

12 Aug 2019

Getting involved no matter where you are Climate change is happening, and we all need to contribute to tackling the problem if we want to limit its impacts. Over the last few years, I have studied on the East coast of the United States and have participated in various platforms where I have met many […]

08 Aug 2019

For centuries, and especially over the last few decades, landscapes around the world have changed. Deforestation and industrialized agriculture have spread, transforming land use and planning. A new report on Climate Change and Land from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which launched today, stresses that time is ripe for a new transition, but […]

27 Jun 2019

  Bonn UN climate talks (SB50) are coming to a close, and some key governments have dismissed the opportunity to commit to action and support that is needed to avert loss and damage to protect the most climate vulnerable communities.  Government delegations from around the world have spent the past two weeks negotiating the remaining […]

21 Jun 2019

We must remember why we are here  Hearing the crowds in the corridors of the UN building in Bonn talk in technical terms, using words like ‘grant equivalent’, ‘IPCC’, ‘response measures’ and ‘market mechanisms’, it can be easy to get lost in the technical talk and forget to discuss the reason behind what brings us […]

Leia SMC
19 Jun 2019

In the last few years, we have experienced an increase in extreme climatic events across the globe. Increased droughts, severe storms and unprecedented flooding, from the Americas through to the Pacific have brought loss and damage (climate impacts that cannot be adapted to) to the forefront of developed and developing country agendas. Climate change is […]

Jasmine Blog SMC
17 Jun 2019

Impoverished communities everywhere suffer the worst effects of climate change and women and men, boys and girls experience those effects differently.  Structural obstacles and cultural factors make women especially vulnerable. We know, for example, that sexual violence is positively correlated with natural disasters, that more women drown in floods than men and that women’s income-earning […]

Climate Advocacy Workshop dates
13 May 2019

ACT Alliance is committed to confronting the climate change crisis which is inhibiting sustainable development and is contributing to more frequent humanitarian catastrophes around the world. ACT endorses the urgent call to limit warming to 1.5°C to prevent irreversible damage and confirms Climate Justice as a key priority in its new Global Strategy (2019-2026). The […]

UNEA social media card
12 Mar 2019

In line with ACT’s commitment to Putting People First, ACT celebrates its accreditation as an observer organisation to the Governing Body of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA). ACT Alliance joins world leaders, policy experts, environmental justice allies, and other stakeholders at its fourth meeting (UNEA-4). The conference, hosted in Nairobi, Kenya from 11-15 March […]

15 Dec 2018

The just concluded COP 24 confirms the vast disconnect between ambition, urgency for action on climate change, and the political will of key governments.  As ACT Alliance, we strongly believe that this divide can and must be bridged. “COP24 failed to deliver the best possible outcome to the most vulnerable people in the world,” said […]

13 Dec 2018

  Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA) in India works with poor and marginalized communities across the country and most of these are also vulnerable to climate change impacts though they are least responsible for this phenomenon. Most of these communities are not even aware of this crisis and its consequences on their lives. CASA […]

12 Dec 2018

  Now that the reality of accelerated climate disruption is pushing either the throttle – or the panic button, people are looking for a way around or a way out of the existential threat facing the entire world. But what does salvation from such an unprecedented nightmare look like? What action must it entail? What […]

11 Dec 2018

  As I set out on my journey to Katowice, Poland, I reflected on Gender Day at the climate change negotiations.  The images of numerous women, children and farmers facing life threatening catastrophes, chilling climate experiences, adverse climatic conditions and acute shortage of food and water due to climate change are in my mind and in my heart. As a […]

10 Dec 2018

There is just one week to go at COP24 as negotiations continue to finalize the Paris rulebook for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The commitments by parties to fight climate change needs to be kept at the highest levels now in order to deliver on the crucial tasks ahead.            […]

Let me be clear. We need climate action, and we need it now! As shown in the recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), we need to act immediately to ensure that global temperatures do not pass the 1.5ºC target, and we need to strengthen the resilience and adaptive capacities of people […]

08 Dec 2018

   “…It is clear that the environmental crisis which is confronting the world will profoundly alter the future destiny or our planet. No one among us, whatever our status, strength or circumstance can remain unaffected. The process of change challenges present international policies. Will the growing awareness of “one earth” and “one environment’ guide us […]

07 Dec 2018

ACT Alliance youth from across the world have gathered in Katowice, Poland at the UN climate negotiations (COP24). We have come to raise the voices of young people in our communities and to push for climate action and justice.   Climate change is the biggest threat of our lifetime. Our generation of youth is the […]

03 Dec 2018

  There can never be a more important time for churches to stand and walk in solidarity with the poor and climate vulnerable than now! As the 24thConference of Parties to the UNFCCC kicks off in Katowice Poland (2nd- 14thDecember), there is a need for churches to work together in a well-coordinated effort to ensure […]

30 Nov 2018

    LWF, WCC and ACT Alliance reiterate calls for just implementation of Paris Agreement As the United Nations climate summit kicks off in Katowice, Poland, global church organisations World Council of Churches (WCC), the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and ACT Alliance called for renewed global solidarity and urgency of action to support the communities […]

26 Nov 2018

Climate change experts from the ACT Alliance network have published a report assessing the threats posed by climate change on the sustainable development goals (SDG) and disaster risk reduction. The report finds that warming of 1.5°C will severely impact climate-vulnerable developing countries, and urges more ambitious climate action. The report also identifies policy recommendations to […]

21 Nov 2018

“God gave us light to see the beauty of creation. God gave us love to live in fellowship with creation, and God gave us strength to care for creation,” said ACT’s Climate Justice Ambassador Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of Cape Town. Today, leaders from around the world have gathered for the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), in […]

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 […]

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: […]

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 […]

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 […]

30 Aug 2018

ACT Alliance joins the Vatican and ecumenical partners to encourage global progress on climate change The First Ecumenical Prayer for Creation will take place on August 31 and September 1 in Assisi, the city of Francis. The two-day event is the latest sign of momentum for environmental protection growing among leaders of Christian denominations.   Christians, […]

05 Jul 2018

ACT Alliance, Arigatou International, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Soka Gakkai International (SGI)and World Vision International have come together as the Asia Pacific Faith-Based Coalition for Sustainable Development to participate in the Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) from 3 – 6 July, 2018.   The Asia Pacific Faith-Based Coalition for Sustainable Development has developed […]

Participants of the climate change capacity building workshop

Through its Global Climate Action Project which kicked off in 2017, ACT Alliance has embarked on an ambitious plan to implement its long-standing climate justice programme in the context of the Paris Agreement, Agenda 2030 and the Sendai Framework for DRR through a series of capacity building workshops. The growing mobilisation of the faith community […]

Cover page of NDC Toolkit_Spqanish
26 Jun 2018

La asamblea inaugural de ACT Alianza en Arusha, Tanzania, en 2010, resolvió que el cambio climático era una amenaza para la vida, los medios de vida y toda la creación. Como resultado, se identificó como una prioridad para el trabajo de incidencia de ACT Alianza a todo nivel. Desde entonces, ACT Alianza ha participado en […]

21 Jun 2018

ACT Alliance is pleased to share our new Resource Guide to Climate Finance: An orientation to sources of funds for climate change programmes and action. It is available in English and Spanish. Ambitious climate action in developing countries depends on the mobilization and accessibility to financial resources. Climate finance is important for mitigation efforts, to […]

ACT delegation at CPD51
17 Apr 2018

The Commission on Population and Development convened governments, UN agencies, civil society actors, and others to its 51st Session (CPD51) in New York from April 9- 13th. The theme of this year’s Commission was “Sustainable cities, human mobility and international migration”. Unfortunately, member states were unable to reach consensus on the outcome document as some […]

17 Mar 2018

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is an opportunity highlight some of the important work in the UN Peasants Declaration, which will have significant impact on the rights and lives of rural women and girls.  This Declaration will also impact the upcoming Conference of Parties (COP24), the international climate change conference taking place in […]

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