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Faustina Nillan, national director for women and children in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. Photo: Doug Hostetter
19 Mar
UN side event highlights churches’ successes in furthering Sustainable Development Goals
Waking the Giant, SDG, SDGs, North America, Colombia, Liberia, Tanzania, United Nations, Event, Peace, advocacy training, Education, Peace-building, hunger, Women, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Diakonia, Ecumenical
19 Mar
At a side event on 12 March, organized during the 63rd session of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women, participants gave an overview of the LWF’s “Waking the Giant” initiative, which aims to...
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge and the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Paulino Wanawilla Onango (right) during the LWF-hosted UN side event on human rights in South Sudan. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
13 Mar
South Sudan: Human rights’ review mechanism provides strong foundation for lasting peace
Advocacy, UPR, United Nations, General Secretary Martin Junge, South Sudan
13 Mar
LWF and representatives of both civil society and faith-based actors in South Sudan have noted the government’s growing openness to address human rights violations through constructive engagement...
Visiting the Lutheran office in New York, Helena Funk (third from left) received valuable tips on climate advocacy from Rebekka Pohlmann, Germany; Dennis Frado, LWF’s representative at the UN headquarters; and Christine Mangale, LOWC program director. Photo: Doug Hostetter
20 Nov
On the way to COP24 in Poland
Youth, Climate, Climate Change, COP, COP24, COP23, Climate Justice, Youth Participation, United Nations, United States, Lutheran Office for World Community
20 Nov
Helena Funk, a youth delegate from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany, received valuable tips on climate advocacy during her visit to the Lutheran Office for World Community in New...
Participants of the theological education workshop looked at new ways of teaching that are critical and creative. Photo: Chad Rimmer
7 Nov
New theological education workshop focuses on teaching for change
Education, Theology, Transformative Theological Perspectives, SDG, United Nations
7 Nov
The LWF recently held a pilot workshop for theologians to explore teaching methods that empower students to take part in theological education that is critical, creative and responds to the students...
The statement calls for social and climate justice, and support for climate change-hit countries. Climate change can affect weather severely. A tropical storm in El Salvador left devastated fields in its wake. Photo: LWF/M. Boulogne
25 Apr
“Fighting against the commodification of everything”
Public Statement, Statement, Climate Justice, United Nations, World Council of Churches, Creation - Not for Sale, Creation – Not for Sale, Human Beings - Not for Sale, Salvation - Not for Sale, Salvation – Not for Sale, General Secretary Martin Junge
25 Apr
LWF and ecumenical partners urge new economic system serving all
Dr Ojot Miru Ojulu has been appointed new Assistant General Secretary for International Affairs and Human Rights
25 Apr
“We must speak out against injustice”
Human Rights, human rights defender, United Nations, Advocacy, Refugees, refugees protection
25 Apr
The Lutheran World Federation has appointed human rights expert Dr Ojot Miru Ojulu to the position of Assistant General Secretary for International Affairs and Human Rights.
UN Office in Geneva. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
4 Oct
Supporting civil society’s agenda for human rights
faith-based organizations, Human Rights, United Nations, Indonesia, South Sudan, Myanmar
4 Oct
LWF intervenes at UN Human Rights Council ...
Photo: Susan Muis (center), LWF Regional program Officer for CAR, DRC and Chad, speaks at the NGO briefing in the Palais des Nations. Photo: LWF/Peter Kenny
14 Jul
“An alarming situation”
United Nations, security, Humanitarian Response
14 Jul
NGO Briefing to UN member states about Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo ...
A participant from the Myanmar government contributes to the human rights discussion, at a meeting organized by LWF Myanmar. Photo: LWF Myanmar
15 Aug
LWF Myanmar behind “milestone” meeting on human rights
Universal Periodic Review, United Nations, Human Rights, UPR
15 Aug
Government, civil society draw up recommendations for the country
 An LWF participant at the gender justice training course, Rita Flore, says the pain of discrimination drives her determination to overcome the situation. Photo: LWF/S.Gallay
12 Jul
Faith organizations sharpen human rights skills
Gender Justice, CEDAW, United Nations
12 Jul
LWF one of the leaders of workshop promoting justice for women
UNFPA's Dr Azza Karam (left, speaking) said the situation in Brazil, as presented by Rev. Cibele Kuss (right), highlighted the need to share experiences about religious intolerance across similarly affected countries in the South. Photo: LWF/C. Rendón
23 Mar
Interfaith collaboration can reduce gender inequality
Commission on the Status of Women, United Nations, Islamic Relief Worldwide
23 Mar
Religious fundamentalism threatens sustainable development
Thanks to an LWF-supported project to bring piped and clean drinking water to the Andean highlands, Filomena Huanaco Casilla (left) and Rosenda Challco Barrera will no longer have to depend on natural but unsafe water sources in their remote village. Photo: LWF/I. Dorji
29 Sep
LWF welcomes new impulse towards sustainable development
United Nations, Sustainable Development Goals, rights-based empowerment
29 Sep
Rights-based approach, gender justice and accountability, key to ending poverty
Elisabeth Purba (center) talking about HIV and AIDS at a youth workshop organized by the Indonesia LWF National Committee in Desa Bulu Cina, Sumatra. New global development goals will work to lower HIV and AIDS transmission rates. Photo: LWF/C. Kästner
14 Jul
Increased awareness of faith groups’ contribution to UN development goals
Millennium Development Goals, United Nations, Diakonia, faith-based organizations, SDGs, MDGs
14 Jul
Junge reflects on LWF’s participation in New York roundtable
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary supports Roma families such as Eva's (holding her child) with shelter and advocates for their rights. Photo: Tamás Kiss
25 Jun
UN Special Rapporteur seeks faith-based support for human rights’ advocacy
Roma and Sinti, Human Rights, Minorities and Indigenous People, United Nations
25 Jun
LWF’s Oral Statement on Roma People at Human Rights Council
Panelists at the LWF-WCC side event at the 59th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, in New York, 12 March. Photo: Mikka MacKraken/ELCA
13 Mar
Gains and Challenges for Churches, 20 Years after Beijing
women's advocacy, United Nations, Women, WCC, Gender Justice
13 Mar
LWF Jointly Hosts Side Event at UN Commission on Status of Women
UNHCR and LWF response to South Sudanese refugees in Maban refugee camp. Photo: Mats Wallerstedt
28 Jan
UNHCR Voices Appreciation for Partnership with LWF
United Nations, Refugees
28 Jan
“You go where others don't”...
UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner Janet Lim (left) and LWF General Secretary Rev  Martin Junge signing the MoU. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
3 Oct
LWF and UNHCR Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Humanitarian Cooperation
LWF General Secretary, Refugees, Displaced Persons, United Nations, Children, Peace, WASH, Climate Justice, Livelihoods
3 Oct
“Delighted to see the scope for our joint work expand”
Side-event on Ebola Crisis during the 27th UNHR Council meeting. Photo: LWF/M. Spangler
25 Sep
Faith Groups Essential in Fighting Ebola
Ebola, United Nations, ACT Alliance, WCC, Humanitarian Response
25 Sep
Panel on Socio-economic and Human Rights Implications
LWF Vice-President Ms Eun-hae Kwon, introducing LWF’s interfaith approaches in advocating for climate justice, at a session of the Interfaith Summit on Climate Change in New York. Photo: LWF
24 Sep
A Spiritual Message of Hope for Climate Justice
Climate Summit 2014, United Nations, Fast for the Climate, LWF Vice-President
24 Sep
LWF Representative Kwon Offers Highlights from New York Climate Change Summits
The LWF delegation to the New York Climate events participated in the “Largest Climate March” in history, held 21 September, in New York City. Photo: #Fast for the Climate: Nikola Taylor
22 Sep
‘Here We March, We can do no other’
Climate Summit 2014, Fast for the Climate, Climate Justice, Climate Change, United Nations
22 Sep
Religions’ Visibility Matters in Historic Climate March
Martin Kopp (right), LWF delegate to the UN Climate Conference (COP19), speaks with Christina Figueres, director of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Photo: LWF/ Sean Hawkey
19 Sep
LWF to Participate in New York Interfaith Summit on Climate Change
LWF Vice-President, Climate Summit 2014, Climate Justice, Climate Change, Fast for the Climate, United Nations, Interfaith
19 Sep
Lutheran Delegates Host Fast at UN Summit Parallel Event
IDPs in Northern Iraq resting in a school. Photo: <a href="http://www.ankawa.com/">ankawa.com</a>
2 Sep
UN Human Rights Council to Send Emergency Team to Iraq to Probe Possible ISIS War Crimes
United Nations, Minorities and Indigenous People
2 Sep
LWF Calls for Humanitarian Assistance, Protection of Targeted Minority Groups
Signing of the MOU by Dr Mohamed Ashmawey, CEO of IRW and DWS Director Eberhard Hitzler (front, from left), witnessed by LWF Assistant General Secretary for Human Rights Affairs Ralston Deffenbaugh, Mehdi ben M’rad, IRW Director of National Programs, UNHCR Deputy High Commissioner Alexander Aleinikoff, LWF General Secretary Rev. Martin Junge, LWF Global program Coordinator Maria Immonen and LWF Program Assistant for Interfaith Cooperation Elizabeth Gano (from right). Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
25 Aug
LWF and Islamic Relief Sign Memorandum of Understanding
Muslim, United Nations
25 Aug
UNHCR: “A Model for Others to Replicate”
Jerusalem. Photo: LWF/D. Harris
21 Aug
LWF Council Adopts Statement on Conduct on Holy Sites
Council 2014, Member Churches, Minorities and Indigenous People, LWF President, United Nations
21 Aug
Calling for Respect of Spiritually Significant Places
Lokiru Yohana sharing impressions from the field at the UN panel on World Humanitarian Day. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
20 Aug
LWF Takes Part in UN Panel Marking World Humanitarian Day
United Nations, Staff, World Humanitarian Day 2014, Humanitarian Access, Violence
20 Aug
Tribute to “Enormous Sacrifices” Made by Humanitarians and Their Families
Mikka McCracken presents the report of the Committee for Advocacy and Public Voice at Council 2014. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
17 Jun
LWF Council 2014 Adopts Public Statements
LWF Council, Council 2014, Climate Justice, Fast for the Climate, Violence, Refugees, United Nations, Member Churches
17 Jun
Interreligious Dialogue, Peace and Justice
LWF staff provides a displaced woman in Bor with a water, sanitation and health kit. Photo: LWF/South Sudan
12 May
Calling the International Community to Action in South Sudan
United Nations, Peace, Violence
12 May
NGOs Propose Seven Steps to Address Crisis, Churches Call to Prayer
Children look for valuable items in the ashes of what was once the central market in Bor. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance
29 Apr
LWF Joins Call to End Violence against Civilians in South Sudan
South Sudan Crisis, Displaced Persons, Refugees, United Nations
29 Apr
A Callous Disregard for Civilian Life
LWF distribution of non-food items to IDPs in Twic East county, Jonglei State, South Sudan on 30 March. Photo: LWF South Sudan/J. Aleer
25 Apr
LWF Pleads for Cessation of Hostilities and Humanitarian Access to Civilians in South Sudan
South Sudan Crisis, Refugees, Displaced Persons, United Nations
25 Apr
High Risk of Conflict Destabilizing Entire Region
(left to right) Caroline Richter, Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Rev. Martin Junge, Lopa Banerjee and Dennis Frado. Photo: Christine Mangale
17 Apr
LWF General Secretary Junge Affirms Commitment to Gender Justice
United Nations, LWF General Secretary
17 Apr
Meeting with Executive Director of UN Women Mlambo-Ngcuka