Main themes of the Geneva Office

Welcoming the Stranger

Welcoming the Stranger

Welcoming the Stranger is an initiative to encourage faith communities to welcome those who arrive and who are seen as “strangers” in their communities. It is a way for us to stand together as people of faith as we receive migrants, refugees, and other displaced persons. Welcoming the Stranger grew out of a dialogue of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) with faith leaders, faith-based humanitarian organisations, academics and government representatives from around the world, which developed a set of affirmations to be used as a tool to encourage us to support refugees and other displaced persons.

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Birth Registration

Birth Registration

According to UNICEF, approximately 230 million children under the age of 5 have not had their births registered, of whom 85 million are in sub-Saharan Africa and 135 million are in Asia. Birth registration ought to be free and universal. For many, being without birth registration leads to statelessness, which, according to UNHCR, affects at least 10 million people worldwide, who then are unable to access their basic rights. There are many barriers to accessing birth registration, including accessibility, cost, poor governance, awareness among parents and literacy, and there are many ways in which Anglicans can help to make birth registration a real possibility for more of the world’s children.

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Statelessness

Statelessness

Many of us take our nationality for granted. When we are born, we assume the nationality of our parents and all the rights and responsibilities that that entails with minimal effort and little or no worry. Unfortunately, for some people, this does not or cannot happen. Such individuals are referred to as stateless, unclaimed by any nation as a citizen. The reasons for statelessness are many and varied, so the problem is widespread; the UNHCR estimates that at least 10 million people worldwide are stateless. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is among global leaders who have signed up to show their commitment to ending statelessness, participating in the UNHCR’s global statelessness campaign to reduce the number of people in the world who have no country they can call home.

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UN Organisations

UN Organisations

The United Nations Office in Geneva is a hub for diplomacy and international humanitarian aid. It works to “maintain international peace and security, to advance disarmament, to protect and promote human rights, to eradicate poverty, to implement sustainable development practices and to provide fast, effective humanitarian relief in emergencies”.

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Partner Organisations

Partner Organisations

Representation of the Anglican Communion Office to the UN works closely with its Anglican partners and other faith based organisations

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