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In India resources such as water are being sold off, says lawyer

In India resources such as water are being sold off, says lawyer

Rajendra K. Sail is an advocate in the legal profession, and he does not mince his words. “We are living in an era of liberalization, privatization and globalization,” he ruefully observes.

Water and mines in Southern Africa’s Zambezi Basin

Water and mines in Southern Africa’s Zambezi Basin

Rev. Kuzipa Nalwamba says that in her home country Zambia one of the biggest problems around water centres on environmental degradation coming from the mines.

Water network develops a theological framework for water justice

Water network develops a theological framework for water justice

What is our call to respond to the global water crisis? In what way is our response different from other actors? To respond to these questions within a theological framework of water justice, the Ecumenical Water Network convened theologians from around the world at the Ecumenical Institute.

World Toilet Day observed at Geneva Ecumenical Centre

World Toilet Day observed at Geneva Ecumenical Centre

19 November is the United Nations World Toilet Day. This international day of action aims to break the taboo around toilets and draw attention to the global sanitation challenge. On 17 November the EWN observed this day through a prayer service.

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.