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Brazil’s plentiful water does not mean there is easy access to clean water for all

Brazil’s plentiful water does not mean there is easy access to clean water for all

On the world scale of countries with plentiful water, Brazil comes out in the top league. It has 12 percent of the world’s fresh water supplies. Yet Magali do Nascimento Cunha does not see her country scoring so well when it comes to water and sanitation distribution.

تحيط المياه جزرتونغا من كل الجوانب  ولكنه ليس أمرا مفروغا منه!

تحيط المياه جزرتونغا من كل الجوانب ولكنه ليس أمرا مفروغا منه!

نرى الكثير من موارد المياه في تونغا ، ولكن لا يوجد بالضرورة الكثير من الناس الذين يستهلكونها.

Tonga, surrounded by water, yet can’t take it for granted

Tonga, surrounded by water, yet can’t take it for granted

In Tonga there is lot of water to see, but not necessarily a lot for people to use. Mele’ana Puloka, a member of the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga, is World Council of Churches president for the Pacific, living on the islands that have a population of about 106,000.

Water is a gift, and a right for all, says WCC moderator

Water is a gift, and a right for all, says WCC moderator

Water is often presented as life. But it is also a gift and a right which must be available to all, says Agnes Abuom.

تآكل شبكات المياه في فلينت يطلق شرارة الجدل حول عدم الإنصاف في توزيع الموارد في الولايات المتحدة

تآكل شبكات المياه في فلينت يطلق شرارة الجدل حول عدم الإنصاف في توزيع الموارد في الولايات المتحدة

الولايات المتحدة تمتلك أكبر اقتصاد على كوكب الأرض. لكن ما يثير قلق القسيسة الدكتورة سوزان هنري-كرو هو أن هذا اللقب لبلدها لا يعني دائما أن الموارد متوفرة للمواطنين بطريقة عادلة.

WCC holds photo contest

WCC holds photo contest

Do you have a photo that tells a story about water justice? As part of the Lenten campaign “Seven Weeks for Water”, the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Water Network (EWN) is promoting a photo contest on Instagram encouraging people to share images of water in their daily lives.

Water justice campaign highlights range of issues, focuses on Palestine this year, says EWN coordinator

Water justice campaign highlights range of issues, focuses on Palestine this year, says EWN coordinator

The WCC’s Seven Weeks for Water Lenten campaign through its ecumenical initiative — Ecumenical Water Network — has gained much attention recently, but the campaign is not new.

Flint’s corrosive water sparks debate on US resource inequity

Flint’s corrosive water sparks debate on US resource inequity

The United States has the biggest economy on planet earth. It is of great concern to Rev. Dr Susan Henry-Crowe, however, that such a moniker for her country does not always mean resources are available to the population in an equitable way.

WCC responds to Gatestone Institute’s criticism of Lenten campaign on water

The WCC sent an open letter to the Gatestone Institute in response to the institute’s web articles criticizing the WCC’s “Seven Weeks for Water” campaign. The campaign focuses on critical water issues affecting the people of Palestine, particularly in the occupied territories.

Water is powerful in the web of life: humanity does not own it, says noted theologian

Water is powerful in the web of life: humanity does not own it, says noted theologian

When Fernando Enns thinks of water in a German context, he is reminded of thousands and thousands of refugees who have come to the country fleeing the conflict in Syria.

Tveit highlights unjust water resources for Palestinians

Tveit highlights unjust water resources for Palestinians

A water crisis for Palestinian people was highlighted by the general secretary of the WCC, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, at the launch of the Seven Weeks for Water campaign in Jerusalem.

Seven Weeks for Water 2016 to focus on Holy Land

Seven Weeks for Water 2016 to focus on Holy Land

The WCC Ecumenical Water Network is inviting member churches and supporters to reflect on water during Lent. For many in the world, water is either taken for granted or in desperately short supply.

“Leave no one behind”: COP21 must tackle climate risks of the poorest and most vulnerable

“Leave no one behind”: COP21 must tackle climate risks of the poorest and most vulnerable

Climate-induced loss and damage is one of the key points being raised by faith groups during COP21. A discussion panel and a demonstration held at COP21 in early December brought to light many facets of this issue.

World Toilet Day is all about dignity and life!

World Toilet Day is all about dignity and life!

"It is high time we break the silence", writes EWN coordinator Dinesh Suna in a new post on the ‪Pilgrimage blog of the World Council of Churches, ahead of World Toilet Day.

WCC dedicates prayer service to Sustainable Development Goals

WCC dedicates prayer service to Sustainable Development Goals

A special service organized by the WCC at the Ecumenical Centre chapel in Geneva, Switzerland, dedicated prayers to the United Nations post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, meant to eliminate extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice and tackle climate change and water scarcity by 2030.

WCC engages UN debate on right to water

WCC engages UN debate on right to water

Affordability of water and sanitation as a human right were deliberated at a side-event during the 30th Session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland.

Faith communities have potential to do more in addressing water issues

Faith communities have potential to do more in addressing water issues

The World Water Week is a “stepping stone” in accomplishing Sustainable Development Goals related to water and sanitation – and the faith communities must be actively engaged in achieving this vision, according to Dinesh Suna, coordinator of the Ecumenical Water Network of the WCC. Suna shared these reflections following his participation at the 2015 World Water Week Stockholm held in Sweden.

Churches to pray for care of creation

Churches to pray for care of creation

Joined in prayer, Christian churches around the world will again observe the ecumenical “Time for Creation” (1 September to 4 October), this year bolstered by Pope Francis’s recent proclamation of 1 September as the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.”

Ecumenical Water Network urges elimination of bottled water

Ecumenical Water Network urges elimination of bottled water

The International Reference Group of the Ecumenical Water Network of the WCC, at the conclusion of its recent meeting in Geneva, urged churches and ecumenical organizations in Europe and North America to consider eliminating the use of bottled water due to its adverse impact on the environment and because it is an impediment to realizing the human right to water.

Humanity needs to tend the garden of creation, says WCC leader

Humanity cannot ignore its responsibility for creation, the WCC general secretary, the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, has stated in Stuttgart during the German Protestant Kirchentag.