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Water for all: WCC high level panel reaffirms faith communities’ contribution to achieve SDG 6

Water for all: WCC high level panel reaffirms faith communities’ contribution to achieve SDG 6

In the sidelines of the ongoing High Level Political Forum (HLPF) of the United Nations (UN), an official side event was organized by the Ecumenical Water Network of the World Council of Churches (WCC-EWN). The panel “Water and Faith Communities towards achieving SDG 6” was moderated by Rev. Douglas Leonard, coordinator of the Ecumenical UN Office in New York and was co-sponsored by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), Global Water Partnership (GWP) and the UN Inter Agency Task Force on Religion and Development (UNIATF). The event was held at the Church of the Covenant, in New York.

WCC reaffirms water justice concern at UN talks on SDGs

WCC reaffirms water justice concern at UN talks on SDGs

Some 6-7 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are reviewed every year through a United Nations (UN) mechanism called the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF). The 2018 HLPF is taking place at the UN headquarters in New York, 9-18 July.

Photo exhibition on water justice opens in honor of Earth Day

Photo exhibition on water justice opens in honor of Earth Day

“The blood flows and the rivers run dry”, an exhibition on water justice featuring a selection of photographs from different countries across Latin America, was opened by the World Council of Churches (WCC) on 23 April. The exhibition will run at the Ecumenical Center, in Geneva, until 2 May.

WCC reaffirms water as God’s gift and a human right

WCC reaffirms water as God’s gift and a human right

Members and partners of the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Water Network (WCC-EWN) at the Alternative World Water Forum (Forum Alternativo Mundial da Agua or FAMA, in Portuguese) ratified the “Ecumenical declaration on water as a human right and a public good,” originally released 13 years ago.

WCC joins interfaith coalition on water justice as World Water Forum begins in Brazil

WCC joins interfaith coalition on water justice as World Water Forum begins in Brazil

As the 8th World Water Forum (WWF) unfolds in Brasilia, Brazil, the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Water Network (WCC-EWN) is taking part in a series of activities to challenge the corporate takeover of water bodies around the world.

Reflections of the Seven Weeks for Water 2018

Reflections of the Seven Weeks for Water 2018

The World Council of Churches Ecumenical Water Network (WCC-EWN) invites you to use the season of Lent to reflect on water. Since 2008, EWN has been providing weekly theological reflections and other resources on water for the seven weeks of Lent and for World Water Day on 22 March. The WCC’s Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace will have a regional focus on Latin America and Caribbean region in 2018. Accordingly, the Seven Weeks for Water in 2018 will take us on a pilgrimage of water justice in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region. The Biblio-theological reflections and resources for the seven weeks will be based on the water crisis in the LAC region and take into consideration issues of justice and peace. During Lent 2018, various activities around the Seven Weeks for Water will take place in LAC region, starting with the launch of the Lenten Campaign on Water Justice in Bogota, Colombia on 14 February, Ash Wednesday (according to the Western traditions of Christianity). Leaders of the WCC, members of Reference Group of the Pilgrimage for Justice and Peace, Latin American Council of Churches, and local churches will participate in the launching ceremony. Reflections, liturgies and other resources will be uploaded to the EWN website every week, starting from the 1st week of February. This year the reflections are written by theologians and environmentalists from Latin America with a LAC perspective. Incidentally, the World Water Forum is also taking place in Brazil during the Lenten period, 18-23 March 2018.

Journalist sees hope in "nature" clause of Ecuador constitution

Journalist sees hope in "nature" clause of Ecuador constitution

“The lack of access to safe water or drinking water is the product of years of bad distribution and the bad politics of water distribution,” says Verónica Flachier, member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ecuador.

Follow up on referendum to stop the privatization of Thessaloniki’s water

Follow up on referendum to stop the privatization of Thessaloniki’s water

The Greek government was planning to privatize the department of water and sanitation in Thessaloniki. The general public including the local church opposed this measure and forced the government to hold a local referendum on the proposal. The referendum took place on 18 May. The EWN interviewed Christine Mignonne, a young theologian from Thessaloniki, who had participated in the referendum process.

UN’s Post-2015 agenda shifts its focus from human rights to water and sanitation

UN’s Post-2015 agenda shifts its focus from human rights to water and sanitation

The 11th session of the Open Working Group (OPW) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), meeting from 5 to 9 May, shifted its focus from “human rights” to “access” vis-à-vis water and sanitation in the post-2015 agenda when the new SDGs follow up the current MDGs.

World Water Day 2014 explores the nexus between water and energy

World Water Day 2014 explores the nexus between water and energy

The theme of this year’s World Water Day (22 March) was “water and energy”. These two subjects are intrinsically interconnected and highly interdependent.

Ecumenical network observes World Water Day

The Ecumenical Water Network (EWN) joined hands with faith groups and civil society on World Water Day to stress viable access to clean water and sanitation facilities, still a luxury to millions around the world.

Towards a post 2015 development agenda

The EWN has been closely following the developments with regards to the post 2015 development agenda, spearheaded by the United Nations and contributing to the relevant processes to ensure a water secured world and thereby universal access to water and sanitation within a stipulated time frame.

Concepts of God are evolving to meet earth crisis, assert theologians

How we understand God figures directly in how we treat our planet and its inhabitants, asserts a group of theologians in the newest issue of The Ecumenical Review. List of the authors and articles Subscribe to Website of the WCC 10th Assembly

Letters to the future: Eco-justice visions in South Africa

Letters to the future: Eco-justice visions in South Africa

What will the world look like if we continue careening down a slide of eco-injustice? Ninth graders in South Africa have some idea. In a campaign organized by Suwi Siwila, the students pretended they were living in the future, writing a description to their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Words of advice from South African youth Read also: Nigerian youth adopt eco-justice for urban neighbourhoods In Myanmar, eco-justice flourishes even in challenging settings 40 days – no emissions? Swedish urbanite lives the concept Rio+20 disappointment impassions youth to pursue local eco-justice The LWF and Youth for Eco-Justice More information on the WCC and eco-justice

In Myanmar, eco-justice flourishes even in challenging settings

In Myanmar, eco-justice flourishes even in challenging settings

Hau Sian Suan, a young man from Myanmar, and his peers have drawn close to work together for eco-justice, even in a community where communications are difficult. Suan likes to reflect on the moments that shaped a new initiative in his home country. Read also: 40 days – no emissions? Swedish urbanite lives the concept Rio+20 disappointment impassions youth to pursue local eco-justice “Youth has a stake in the issue of climate change” Youth promise active involvement for environmental justice The LWF and Youth for Eco-Justice More information on the WCC and eco-justice