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”One thing is clear, faith communities can be a tremendous driver of change”
Gathering at World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden on 30 August, representatives from a range of faith communities and organizations engaged in water issues held a session exploring how faith communities can help achieve the sixth Sustainable Development Goal, ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
Kyrkornas världsråd bjuder in till öppen workshop under World Water Week i Stockholm
Som del av World Water Week i Stockholm bjuder Kyrkornas Världsråd (KV) nu in trossamfund, församlingar och allmänheten till en öppen föreläsning och workshop den 30 augusti, under titeln ”Water and Faith: Building partnerships to achieve the SDGs”. Evenemanget är öppet för alla, och organiseras i samarbete med Svenska kyrkan, Global Water Partnership, Stockholm International Water Institute, och Svenska insitutet i Alexandria.
WCC holds public event at World Water Week in Stockholm
Organized as part of World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, the WCC invites faith-based organizations, congregations as individuals to a 30 August public event entitled “Water and Faith: Building partnerships to achieve the SDGs”. The event is an open session, organized by the WCC in collaboration with Church of Sweden, Global Water Partnership, Stockholm International Water Institute, and Swedish Institute Alexandria.
African youth takes stand at first ever WCC Eco-School
“It is imperative for churches to invest in the youth of Africa so they can take leadership in addressing these issues in the timeframe of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals”, said Prof. Dr Isabel Phiri, World Council of Churches (WCC) deputy general secretary for Diakonia and Public Witness as she spoke to young people attending the first-ever WCC Eco-School in Blantyre, Malawi.
WCC water network plans to intensify water justice advocacy
The International Reference Group (IRG) of the Ecumenical Water Network (EWN), the water justice initiative of the World Council of Churches (WCC) held its annual meeting in Malawi as the UN revealed that 2.1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water.
World Water Congress draws water experts from across the world
“Bridging Science and Policy” is the theme of the XVI World Water Congress this week in Cancun, Mexico, and water experts are bringing that to bear in their decisions regarding the field of water. The World Council of Churches is represented at the event through its Ecumenical Water Network.
Applications open for WCC Eco-School
The first ever WCC Eco-School on Water, Food and Climate Justice will be held 24 July to 3 August, hosted by the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian Blantyre Synod. Applications are now open with a deadline of 11 June (deadline extended).
Ecumenical Water Network hosts Brazilian delegation
The World Council of Churches Ecumenical Water Network (WCC-EWN) hosted the Brazilian Semiarid Articulation (ASA) on 25 April for a dialogue on human rights and water justice in Brazil. Representatives of the EWN and the ASA discussed human rights within the framework of the right to water, and they also focused on alternatives for sustainable living offered by ASA.
WCC holds second annual photo contest on water
Do you have a photo that tells a story about water? As part of the Lenten campaign “Seven Weeks for Water”, the World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Water Network (EWN) is promoting its second annual photo contest on Instagram encouraging people to share images of water in their daily lives.
In rural Kenya, many people face long trek for household water
Like many people brought up in rural Kenya, Catherine Mwangi had a long walk to fetch water for home use from a nearby river in what she calls her “humble upbringing”. For the past seven years, Mwangi has been the executive director ADSMKE (the Anglican Development Services of Mount Kenya East) and water access is an important issue in her work.
On World Water Day, we ask: “why waste water?”
As World Water Day is observed across the world on 22 March, Prof. Jesse N.K. Mugambi reflects: “The great challenge is how to reduce the cost of treating wastewater, especially in the equatorial and tropical zones.”
“Water means life,” says German advocate for sustainability
Andrea Müller-Frank works as the Right to Food officer at the Policy Department of the German Bread for the World. Since December 2016 she has been co-chair of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Water Network (EWN), which fights for water justice worldwide.
Plenty of water, but poor provision, is too often the refrain for Arnold Temple
Some of Africa’s dry nations might at first glance with envy at Sierra Leone which has a rainy season lasting six months every year in which many of the downpours are torrential. Rev. Arnold Temple, a Sierra Leonean Methodist minister and co-chair of the WCC Ecumenical Water Network, describes challenges relating to water in the region.
Seven weeks of Lent highlight water crisis in Africa
With a prayer service on Ash Wednesday in Sealite Mihret Orthodox cathedral in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the WCC's Ecumenical Water Network began its annual Lenten campaign “Seven Weeks for Water”. This year during Lent it will raise awareness of water justice issues in Africa.
Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace to be more inspired by the African context
With the aim of monitoring how the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace is unfolding and to develop suggestions for its various initiatives and activities, with a special focus on the Africa region in 2017, the World Council of Churches (WCC) convened a meeting of the reference group of the pilgrimage in Nigeria from 20-27 February.
Commission of the Churches on International Affairs sets its focus on Africa
The 54th meeting of the WCC Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA) began today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, marking its yearly regional focus on Africa. During the meeting CCIA members are discussing the commission’s previous work and its outcomes focusing on Middle East, as well as setting strategic directions for activities until 2021.
WCC Blue Community implements water changes in the Ecumenical Centre
The WCC celebrated implementation of its responsible water commitments in an event on 15 February in the Ecumenical Centre. The WCC became a Blue Community In October 2016. The special occasion was marked by the visit of Dr Maude Barlow from the Blue Planet Project, Canada, who awarded a “blue community certificate” to the WCC and raised awareness of the problems created by indiscriminate use of disposable plastic bottles and their negative impact on our planet’s ecosystem.
المجتمع الأزرق لمجلس الكنائس العالمي يحدث تغييرات في طريقة استعمال المياه في المركز المسكوني
احتفل مجلس الكنائس العالمي بتنفيذ التزاماته المسؤولة تجاه استعمال المياه خلال فعالية نُظمت يوم 15 فبراير في مقر المركز المسكوني.
WCC participates in UN panel discussion on climate ethics
The WCC, along with the Geneva Interfaith Forum on Climate Change, Environment and Human Rights; Franciscans International; and Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University organised a public panel discussion on climate change and human rights from the perspective of ethics, spirituality and justice on 13 February at UN office in Geneva.
During Lent, a “carbon fast” can honour God’s creation
The Church of South India, Green Anglicans and other groups are sharing creative ways to observe a “carbon fast" during the Lenten season. A carbon fast challenges people to examine their daily actions and reflect on how they impact the environment. The carbon fast campaigns are designed so that, over Lent, people can take small steps to reduce carbon dioxide output with the hope of helping the environment and bringing the world one step closer to a sustainable existence.