World News

  • June 2, 2017

    The ACT Alliance, the Lutheran World Federation and the World Council of Churches, have called for a prioritisation of climate justice as Donald Trump issued an executive order withdrawing the US from the Paris Climate Agreement.  They express deep dismay at this development, which goes against global commitments to address climate change.

  • June 2, 2017

    Greenpeace International says President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change will cost the US its global leadership position

  • June 1, 2017

    In the wake of a large bomb attack that killed at least 80 people and injured 350 more in Kabul, Afghanistan yesterday, the World Council of Churches  General Secretary, the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, reached out with condolences and prayers to those who have lost loved ones due to senseless violence.

  • May 31, 2017

    Highlighting the seriousness of the impact of climate change on the planet and its inhabitants, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres yesterday called for sustained action to meet the global challenge and to ensure a peaceful and sustainable future for all.

  • May 30, 2017

    European Union leaders should publicly and privately press China’s government to end its crackdown on human rights and immediately release all detained activists, Human Rights Watch said yesterday in a joint letter with a dozen other nongovernmental organisations.

  • May 29, 2017

    Saudi Arabia has upheld a protest-related death sentence for a protester who was tortured so badly that he was rendered completely deaf in one ear. The judgment marks the first such move for several months, and comes days after President Trump visited the Kingdom.

  • May 26, 2017

    Convening a range of international representatives and partners in Geneva on 24 May 2017, the World Council of Churches reiterated its commitment to the ministry of health and healing for all people, taking new steps towards a new Global Ecumenical Health Strategy.

  • May 25, 2017

    Ahead of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers on 29 May 2017, the UN  yesterday (24 May)  held ceremonies to pay tribute to the more than 3,500 people who have died on duty since 1948 and to acknowledge the dedication and courage of those serving on the ground.

  • May 24, 2017

    The human rights organiation Reprieve has learned that five civilians were killed by US Navy SEALs in an overnight  raid. It is thought that at least two al-Qaeda fighters were also killed.

  • May 23, 2017

    On 21 May 2017,  the Global Day of Prayer to End Famine, millions of people from faith communities, organisations and neighbourhoods across the world prayed, tweeted, posted and talked face-to-face about the urgent action needed to aid 20 million people facing famine in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria.