Ecumenical Water Network (EWN)

The Ecumenical Water Network is an initiative of Christian churches, organizations, and movements who have joined hands 

  • to protect and realize people's access to water around the world
  • making a common Christian witness be heard in the debate on water issues  
  • promoting community-based initiatives and solutions to overcome the water crisis  
  • protecting water as a gift of God and advocating for water as a human right at the local, regional, and international level

The 2006 Porto Alegre Assembly has given its support to the Ecumenical Water Network (EWN) and provided a policy framework through the statement on Water for Life. The current water crisis and the multi-dimensional challenges it poses for the future were recognized by the Assembly. As of 2007, the WCC offers a home for the EWN Secretariat and helps to facilitate co-operation and common action among the partners involved in building on the experience of successful co-operation and following-up on consultations in Kenya and Brazil in 2005/2006.

Visit the EWN website on water.oikoumene.org:


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Statement on "Water for life"

This report was presented to and received by the WCC's 9th Assembly (February 2006). Its resolutions were proposed by the Public Issues Committee and approved by the Assembly through consensus.

Waters of life: an invitation to participate in the Ecumenical Water Network

This text was agreed by a working group on Water at a WCC consultation at Mission 21, Basel from 9-13 May, 2005.

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