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Christian agencies discuss sustainable development

Posted on: February 15, 2016 7:59 AM
Photo Credit: WCC

[WCC] On 8 February, the World Council of Churches (WCC) convened a strategy meeting between principals and senior staff of the ACT Alliance, Anglican Alliance, Caritas Internationalis, Globethics, Lutheran World Federation and WCC, to discuss communication and collaboration in policy engagement, advocacy and action.

The meeting had a special focus on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, which is composed of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets to eliminate extreme poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change over the next 15 years.

The wider purpose of the meeting was to identify key global processes and issues where the work of Christian-based organizations is relevant, and discern the best way to promote strategic coordinated actions to support the work of organizations – individually and collectively – around specific processes and issues.

“We hope this principals-level strategy meeting will take place on an annual basis, and that it may expand to include other partners,” said Peter Prove, director International Affairs, World Council of Churches.

The meeting – the first of its kind – did not seek to outline a comprehensive strategy, but rather to set the stage for further dialogue to ensure consistency and effectiveness in the organizations’ engagement with these key global issues and processes. The participating organizations pledged to build on common issues of interest, respecting the diversity of roles and mandates, and recognizing that each organization may have different approaches to address the same issues.