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Who we are

Who we are

The International Reference Group of WCC-EWN

Who we are

The Ecumenical Water Network (EWN) is an ecumenical initiative of the World Council of Churches and is based at its headquarters in Geneva. It is comprised of a network of churches and church-related organizations that promotes the preservation, responsible management and equitable distribution of water for all, based on the understanding that water is a gift of God and a fundamental human right.

If you represent a church or another organization interested in joining the Ecumenical Water Network, please contact the EWN Secretariat:

Postal address:

P.O. Box 2100

CH-1211 Geneva2


Visiting address:

150 Route de Ferney

Geneva, Switzerland

Phone: (+41-22) 791 6205

Fax: (+41 22) 791 6201

Website: ;



Individuals are welcome to join the Ecumenical Water Network as an EWN Supporter.

Participant Churches / organizations: (All member churches of WCC are by default members of EWN. The following have a stronger working relationship with EWN - not updated)

The Forum of participants determines fields of concern and priorities for action for the network. Click here for the statement  of the last EWN Forum /Strategic Consultation in 2013

The WCC - EWN International Reference Group:

The International Reference Group is constituted by the general secretariat of WCC and helps the Coordinator of WCC EWN  in  planning, monitoring and implementation of its activities. They meet every month online and at least once through a face to face meeting, physically.

Its current members in 2020 are:

  • Bishop Arnold Temple,  All Africa Conference of Churches - AACC (Sierra Leone)- Chairperson
  • Mr Eike Zaumseil, Brot für die Welt (Germany)
  • Rev. David Das, Christian Conference of Asia - CCA (Bangladesh)
  • Rev. Veronica Flachier, Latin American Council of Churches - CLAI(Ecuador)
  • Prof. Dr Elias Wolff, National Council of Christian Churches in Brazil (CONIC) & CNBB
  • Mr Ramzi Zananiri, Jerusalem Inter-church Center (Jerusalem)
  • Ms Kit Dyer, Norwegian Church Aid (Norway)
  • Rev. Terwase Henry Akaabiam , Symposium of Episcopal Conferences in Africa and Madagascar (Ghana)
  • Prof. Dr Susan Smith, United Church of Christ ( USA )
  • Karl Heuberger, Hilfswerk der Evangelischen Kirchen der Schweiz (HEKS), Switzerland (co-opted member)


The WCC-EWN Secretariat:

Mr Dinesh Suna, a Programme Executive of the World Council of Churches (WCC)  facilitates and coordinates the work of the Ecumenical Water Network (EWN) from its headquarters in Geneva.   The EWN  is part of WCC's Economic and Ecological Justice unit which belongs to  WCC's Programme on Public Witness and Diakonia.