Source: World Council of Churches (WCC) |

As UN meeting convenes, World Council of Churches (WCC) takes stock of progress on ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030

The WCC has been responding to communities affected by HIV from the very onset of the pandemic in 1984, and has engaged with every UN high-level meeting on HIV along the way

As a United Nations high-level meeting convenes from 8-10 June in New York, the World Council of Churches (WCC) is joining the UN and other faith-based and civic groups to review progress on commitments to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. The high-level meeting is an important opportunity for the…

Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA)
Source: Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) |

Canon’s Ramadan food photography campaign to help educate children in Uganda and Iraq

‘Food for Cause’ campaign – 21st April to 21st May 2021

Canon (www.Canon-CNA.com) is supporting philanthropic organization Dubai Cares this Ramadan to help give children in Africa and the Middle East access to life-changing education opportunities. For every food photo submitted to Canon’s ‘Food for Cause’ campaign, the global imaging specialists will donate US$1 towards two Dubai Cares’ programmes - Girls in Crisis in Uganda and Recovery and Resilience in…

Source: United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) |

UN Secretary-General Special Envoy for Libya congratulates the Libyan People on the Advent of the Holy Month of Ramadan

Special Envoy Kubiš commends recent initiatives of releasing civilian and non-civilian detainees by various parties in eastern and western Libya

The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ján Kubiš, extends his heartfelt congratulations to the Libyan people on the advent of the holy month of Ramadan. "This year, Libyans celebrate Ramadan without fear of war and destruction, without the sound…

Source: World Council of Churches (WCC) |

World Council of Churches (WCC) congratulates World Food Programme on receiving Nobel Peace Prize

The World Food Programme’s contribution has become even more important in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

The World Council of Churches (WCC) welcomed and celebrated the award of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize to the UN World Food Programme. “We express our gratitude and congratulations to the leadership and each staff member of the World Food Programme,” said Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca, WCC interim general…

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

Coronavirus: UNHCR welcomes Pope Francis’ support for internally displaced

The COVID-19 pandemic has compounded their vulnerability, precariousness and suffering

News Comment by Gillian Triggs, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection at UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency “On the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, UNHCR appreciates the message of Pope Francis highlighting the plight of people who have been displaced within their own country. Today there are 45.7 million internally…

World Council of Churches (WCC)
Source: World Council of Churches (WCC) |

Coronavirus - Africa: World Council of Churches (WCC) moderator contributes to G20 Interfaith Forum on Africa

Abuom addressed the specific topic of addressing COVID-19 amidst increasing deforestation, hunger, and international debt

Dr Agnes Abuom, moderator of the World Council of Churches (WCC), contributed to a G20 Interfaith Forum on Africa hosted by KAICIID, or the International Dialogue Centre, dedicated to the facilitation of dialogue between followers of different cultures and religions. Abuom addressed the specific topic of addressing COVID-19 amidst increasing…

Source: UN News |

Coronavirus - Africa: Defeat COVID-19 and put an end to hate and discrimination - UN chief

Mr. Guterres noted that the pandemic has been accompanied by “a surge in stigma and racist discourse vilifying communities, spreading vile stereotypes and assigning blame”

In a message published on the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Violence Based on Religious Belief, which falls on 22 August, UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned of a rise in racism since the spread of COVID-19 across the world. Mr. Guterres noted that the pandemic has been accompanied by “a…

Source: Médecins sans frontières (MSF) |

Coronavirus: In South Africa, Doctors Without Borders' (MSF) draws on HIV experience to teach compassion for COVID-19

Armed with a mic, a lapel pin and a song, MSF is battling COVID-19 stigma in South Africa

In late July, two COVID-19 facilities in areas where MSF works in South Africa were deliberately set on fire by community members, underscoring the risk COVID-19 stigma poses to the pandemic response and the ongoing need for initiatives aimed at educating both community members and health care workers about the…

Source: World Council of Churches (WCC) |

Coronavirus - Zimbabwe: Global religious leaders express deep concern for human rights in Zimbabwe

COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated economic challenges and seriously affected already fragile public health and education systems

The World Council of Churches, Lutheran World Federation, World Communion of Reformed Churches and Methodist World Council sent a letter to the churches and people of Zimbabwe expressing solidarity with the nation in its difficult quest for human rights and justice. “The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the economic challenges and…

Source: Amnesty International |

Coronavirus - Ethiopia: Stop the use of deadly force on protesters

Spokespersons available to take media interviews Following the killing of at least 16 people following protests over the arrest of zonal officials, community leaders and activists by Ethiopian security officers in the Wolaita Zone of Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Regional State (SNNPR) since 9 August, Amnesty International’s Director for…