Presence at the United Nations

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The Anglican Communion Representative to the United Nations works in Geneva and New York to bring Anglican voices to the global stage. The role is vital in building strong relationships so that work at the grass roots is more effective.


The aim is to bring Anglican expertise and perspectives from across the Communion to meetings at various levels at the United Nations.

One aspect of the team’s work is promoting a better understanding of the workings of UN within the Communion – and a better understanding of the complexities of the Anglican Communion at the UN. The vision is to work with UN agencies, partner agencies such as Anglican Mission agencies and other faith-based organisation to reach the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.


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NEW: Report on the Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations' Attendance at the Global Refugee Forum 2019

GRF Report 2019The Anglian Communion Office at the United Nations is pleased to share a report from our attendance at the first Global Refugee Forum, held in Geneva in December 2019.

The report can be found HERE.

NEW: Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations Report on Attendance at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees' Annual NGO Consultation

Capture 2As we look ahead to December's Global Refugee Forum, the Anglian Communion Office at the United Nations is pleased to share a report from our attendance at the UNHCR Annual NGO Consultation, held in Geneva in July 2019.

The report can be found HERE.

NEW: Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations Report on the 63rd United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW), March 2019

CSW63 ReportThe Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations is delighted to share a report of our delegation's attendance at the 63rd UNCSW, held in New York in March 2019. The report is a snapshot of Anglican engagement at the 63rd Session of the UNCSW, including reflections from the delegates themselves and examples of the various opportunities they had to share their own experiences throughout the two weeks, with support from the ACOUN staff.

In it, you will find testimonies from this year’s delegates, stories about how they advocated on topics of concern, and how they are taking their experiences at the UNCSW back to their home provinces.

The report can be found HERE.



Get involved with our work at the UN

The Anglican Communion is accredited with the United Nations, which means it has access to many UN gatherings, and is able to make written and oral statements at these meetings. We are one of a number of faith-based organisations which have maintained a strong presence at the UN. In recent years delegations of Anglicans and Episcopalians have participated in high-level events, for example, the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

For more information, please read our department factsheet which can be found here (also available in Spanish).

We want more Anglicans to get involved. The Anglican Communion office at the UN (ACOUN) wants to increase our engagement at these events because they are an opportunity to share Anglican expertise and experience. There is a wide range of events at the UN during 2019. See here for details.

If you are interested in representing the Anglican Communion at the UN on particular issues, please complete this Expression of Interest form. A member of the ACOUN team will contact you.

The Anglican Communion Representative at the UN

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Jack Palmer-White oversees the Communion’s work at the UN, dividing his time between New York, Geneva and the Anglican Communion office in London. He was appointed in late 2017. Jack previously served for five years as Parliamentary Assistant and then Social and Public Affairs Adviser at Lambeth Palace in London.


Jack’s vision is to provide a range of support for Anglicans seeking to engage with the UN. This includes:

  • Providing training, briefing and support to engage on priority issues
  • Helping to connect interested parties with the UN institutions in their own countries and help them to build effective relationships
  • Connect Anglicans with others who are working on similar issues around the world
  • Offer advice on key events and dates in the UN calendar related to various areas of interest.


Contact information

Jack Palmer-White:
Phone: +44 (0)20 7313 39838
Twitter: @AnglicanUN


Jillian Abballe - Advocacy Manager and Head of New York Office:
Phone: +1 212 716 6262


Rachael Fraser - Research and Advocacy Officer:
Phone: +44 (0)20 7313 3926


Marla Teixeira - Administrative and Research Assistant (New York):
Phone: +1 212 716 6262