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EWN comments on CFS Study on Water and Food Security

EWN comments on CFS Study on Water and Food Security

In October 2013, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) requested the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) to prepare a report on “Water and Food Security”. Final findings of the study will feed into the CFS 42nd session in October 2015.

A community of young Christians, Muslims and Jews works for climate justice

A community of young Christians, Muslims and Jews works for climate justice

Amidst the reality of tensions often fueled by religions, a group of Christian, Muslim and Jewish youth has formed a multi-faith community. As part of an interfaith summer course sponsored by the WCC, this community wants to work for the protection of creation – a concern they say is common to all faith traditions.

Visit to Dkaika, an unincorporated Bedouin village in the West Bank

Visit to Dkaika, an unincorporated Bedouin village in the West Bank

The women from Bedouin communities of the Judean desert, south of Hebron, close to the Dead Sea, had to walk six hours a day to fetch water from the cisterns nearby. Thanks to the efforts of ECHO and its partners, today they have water supply at their place. Susan Smith of EWN shares her experience of visiting a Bedouin village and interacting with the communities on water issues.

Exposure to the water situation in Gaza

Exposure to the water situation in Gaza

During the meeting of the International Reference Group (IRG) of the Ecumenical Water Network of the World Council of Churches in Jerusalem in early June 2014, the IRG members embarked on a fact-finding mission to Gaza to assess the situation of water and sanitation there. What they witnessed and experienced in Gaza is reported here by some of the IRG members.

Israeli attacks have worsened water systems in Gaza

Israeli attacks have worsened water systems in Gaza

The recent air strikes by Israel on the Gaza Strip have crippled the water distribution system. Dinesh Suna, coordinator of the Ecumenical Water Network of the WCC, shares that an already challenging water situation in Gaza has recently worsened because of the violence, threatening the fundamental human right to water and sanitation.

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.

WCC Central Committee to bolster churches’ initiatives for climate justice

WCC Central Committee to bolster churches’ initiatives for climate justice

In a session on 4 July in Geneva, Switzerland, the WCC Central Committee focused on one of the world’s most threatening challenges – climate change.

Equitable distribution of water is a key issue in West Bank and Gaza

Equitable distribution of water is a key issue in West Bank and Gaza

“The Palestinian people thirst for water justice.” So claims a recently issued statement by a fact-finding group that this month visited Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza to better understand the critical issues of water and sanitation in Palestine.

Referendum on 18 May to stop the privatization of Thessaloniki's water

Referendum on 18 May to stop the privatization of Thessaloniki's water

In an unfortunate move, the Greek government is planning to privatize the department of water and sanitation in Thessaloniki, Greece, proposing to sell the public utility to a French corporation called Suez Environment.

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.

Seven Weeks for Water: Invitation to join “pilgrimage towards water justice”

Seven Weeks for Water: Invitation to join “pilgrimage towards water justice”

Starting on Monday, 3 March, the “Seven Weeks for Water” campaign invites churches, faith-based organizations and individuals around the world to join a “pilgrimage towards water justice”.

Theophany: The Great Blessing of the Waters

Theophany: The Great Blessing of the Waters

A service of the Great Blessing of the Waters was conducted at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva today. The Theophany celebrates the revelation of the Holy Trinity to the world through the baptism of Jesus Christ.

The UN declares 19 November as World Toilet Day

The UN declares 19 November as World Toilet Day

World Toilet Day on 19 November 2013 was celebrated as United Nations World Toilet Day for the first time. The UN endorsement for World Toilet Day came almost 2 decades later than for World Water Day.

Religious leaders highlight significance of water at WCC assembly

Religious leaders highlight significance of water at WCC assembly

A symbolic act of pouring water into one common vessel, carried out by religious leaders representing Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish and Buddhist faiths, marked the significance of water in various religious traditions. This action took place at the WCC 10th Assembly, currently underway in Busan, Republic of Korea.

Swiss Christians reflect on water issues

Swiss Christians reflect on water issues

Celebrating water as God’s creation and reflecting on challenges faced by people having inadequate access to this life-giving resource, members of churches in Onex, Switzerland, gathered together in Geneva. Their meeting was held beside a pond called Étang des Mouilles on the rainy Sunday morning of 15 September.

EWN consultation calls for universal access to water and sanitation

EWN consultation calls for universal access to water and sanitation

A statement issued at the WCC consultation calls on churches, governments and the United Nations to ensure universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene, while placing access to water prominently on their post-2015 agendas.

At Kirchentag Olav Fykse Tveit highlights churches’ role in establishing ecological justice

In a talk during the German Protestant Kirchentag in Hamburg, the WCC general secretary stressed the leading role of churches worldwide in the process of establishing justice and an ecologically-friendly way of life.

WCC addresses mining and extraction issues at World Social Forum

At the recent World Social Forum, ecumenical voices warned about the grave consequences of extraction of natural resources and mining, which they say generate a tremendous amount of social and ecological debt.

Dutch Council of Churches  observed World Water Day

Dutch Council of Churches observed World Water Day

On the 22 March 2013, the Dutch Council of Churches observed World Water Day in a meaningful way. They organized a symposium on water where they discussed issues related to water in the Dutch context. They affirmed the WCC statement on right to water and sanitation by signing it and widely distributing it among the member churches and organizations.