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Geneva Green Guide

World Council of Churches

WCC

World Council of Churches Case Postale 2100 CH-1211 Geneva 2

Tel: 
(+41 22) 791 61 11
Fax: 
(+41 22) 791 03 61
Email: 
Description

The WCC is a fellowship of 347 churches in over 140 countries and territories. The member churches have a total membership of about 560 million people. The WCC promotes Christian unity in faith, witness and service for a more just and peaceful world.

Organization: 
Non-governmental and business organizations
Established: 
1948
Staff: 
approximately 180
Chief/Director: 
General Secretary, Chief Executive of the WCC: Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia
Activities: 

Several of WCC’s activities address environmental matters. The Public Witness programme focuses the member churches’ concerns on economic injustice, poverty and wealth, and conflict at the international level. In relation to these concerns, the WCC aims to:

  • encourage work on the ecological and social effects of climate change;
  • address the right to water and access to water;
  • develop alternative responses to unsustainable, ecologically unfriendly market and trade paradigms;
  • monitor those activities of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, as well as transnational and regional finance institutions, which have environmental impacts.

Other programmes relate to theology, mission and education, public policy, peace and human security, uprooted people and development.

Cooperation: 

The WCC cooperates with UN offices in Geneva and New York and has established consultative relations with many UN-related agencies.

Publications: 

See the website.

Keywords: 
human settlements
capacity building
poverty
education
population