WCC United Nations liaison office, New York

The WCC's UN Liaison Office (UNLO) at UN Headquarters in New York works to make the voices of the churches and ecumenical organizations heard in order to influence the policy decisions made at the United Nations. The UNLO places special attention on ensuring that a common ecumenical perspective is developed and communicated and that the voices of the ecumenical community of the Global South and most specifically the voices of victims are heard.

The work of the WCC-UNLO can be understood as the arms to a triangle: Global Ecumenical, Advocacy and the UN in NY. Global Ecumenical defines who we are as churches working from an ecumenical commitment – witnesses to the unity of the churches and united in action and purpose. Advocacy highlights the priority to amplify the voices of the poor and marginalized through public witness, common advocacy and speaking truth to power directly in order to influence the policy decisions made at the United Nations. The UN in NY provides the parameters where the issues addressed at the UN in NY become the specific strategic focus of our advocacy.

The office helps develop and communicate a common ecumenical perspective and  attempts to deepen inter-religious cooperation for peace and justice.

Advocacy and public witness activities focus on the urgent and priority issues that include but is not limited to Climate Change, Commission on the Status of Women, Economic Justice and Poverty Reduction, Food and Hunger, Global Emerging Issues, Human Rights, Interfaith Dialogue, Millennium Development Goals, Middle East, Peace and Disarmament, Peace and Security, the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and UN Reform.

Support is provided for ecumenical participation in the UN Commission on the Status of Women in direct partnership with the WCC staff working on Women in Church and Society. Special attention is given to priority country situations such as Sudan/Darfur, Somalia, North Korea, the Middle East and Colombia.

The UNLO, in close association with WCC staff working on Indigenous Peoples, enables the participation of churches and Indigenous Peoples in promoting the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

WCC UNLO Internships

The WCC-UNLO offers limited internships for those interested in ecumenical formation and advocacy. For more internship information, please contact unlo1 (at) wcc-coe.org

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