World News

  • January 21, 2016

    Following the WCC/UNl conference on the refugee crisis in Europe at the Ecumenical Centre Geneva on 18-19 January, a statement has been issued entitled "Europe’s Response to the Refuge Crisis, From Origin to Transit, Reception and Refuge, A Call for Shared Responsibility and Coordinated Action”.

  • January 20, 2016

    A High-Level Conference of governments, United Nations agencies and civil society organisations in Geneva, including churches and faith-based organisations, has underlined the need for urgent action to strengthen coordination and cooperation in Europe's response to the refugee and migrant crisis.

  • January 20, 2016

    Despite falling unemployment in some developed economies, the global jobs crisis is likely to continue for at least the next two years, especially in emerging economies, topping 200 million by 2017, the United Nations labour agency has warned, calling for urgent steps to boost jobs.

  • January 20, 2016

    The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) have invited Lutheran churches and Catholic bishops’ conferences across the world to make use of a jointly-developed Common Prayer to prepare commemorations for the 500 years of the Reformation in 2017.

  • January 19, 2016

    As politicians and business leaders prepare to gather in Davos next week (20-23 January) for the World Economic Forum, Christian Aid questions whether Switzerland’s role as a haven for “dirty” money from poor countries makes it an appropriate host country.

  • January 18, 2016

    The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the launch of a new report on finding solutions to the growing gap between the increasing numbers of people in need of assistance and sufficient resources to provide relief.

  • January 15, 2016

    Experts have revealed that an HIV “epidemic” is decimating the Warao tribe in Venezuela.

  • January 14, 2016

    The arrest of Samar Badawi, a prominent human rights defender and sister of jailed blogger Raif Badawi, is the latest example of Saudi Arabia’s utter contempt for its human rights obligations, says Amnesty International.

  • January 13, 2016

    United Nations officials have given on-site accounts of the “horrible and terrible” situation in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya.

  • January 12, 2016

    A humanitarian convoy has finally reached the besieged Syrian town of Madaya with life-saving health and food supplies from the United Nations and its partners for the 42,000 desperate residents after reports of people starving to death under encirclement by pro-Government forces.