WCC experience can be of value to UN system

By agency reporter
October 24, 2012

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is a global organisation with many skills and experiences. As such it can create added value for the United Nations system, the WCC General Secretary Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit said in a recent interview for the United Nations Special magazine and website.

Tveit said, “We need to deepen our relationships with the UN system”. He pointed out that the WCC is a fellowship with a “great level of accountability” which has learnt to come to consensus and commitment.

“We have complementary skills in diplomacy that we could share and the same objectives: increase justice, end corruption” and, in peacemaking and reconciliation, encouraging parties to “stop using civilians as a pretext to create violence between different groups,” he said.

In the interview, Tveit also shared his experiences as a Norwegian pastor working for peace, his ideological commitment to the ecumenical movement and meeting the challenges in leading a global ecumenical organisation like the WCC.

Read Olav Fyske Tveit's interview here: http://www.unspecial.org/2012/09/dr-olav-fykse-tveit-secretary-general-o...


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