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”. UN Office in Geneva is host to a number of UN institutions with which the Anglican Communion representative works.

United Nations Office in Geneva
United Nations Office in Geneva
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Proposals on Sustainable development goals

UN agencies and civil society organisations are working on defining post 2015 development agenda and sustainable development goals.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) 

leads and co-ordinates international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee action worldwide.

UN publications:

  • Partnership Note – On Faith-Based Organisations, Local Faith Communities and Faith Leaders (ENFR)
  • UNHCR Global Appeal 2014-15: Working in Partnership (ENFR)
  • Report of the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children (EN, FR)

Publications by national parliaments:


The UN Children’s’ Fund (UNICEF) 

works to protect children throughout the world, to help children to overcome the obstacles of poverty, discrimination, violence and disease which face them, and to uphold the Convention on the Rights of the Child.


  • Partnering with Religious Communities (EN)
  • Partnering With Religious Communities for Children (ENFR)
  • What Religious Leaders can do about HIV/AIDS (ENFR)
  • Building Trust in Immunisation – Partnering with Religious leaders and Groups (ENFR)

The Joint United Nations Initiative on HIV/AIDs (UNAIDS)

leads the response to the epidemic of HIV/AIDs throughout the world, through advocacy, technical support, monitoring, engagement with civil society, and the mobilisation of resources to effectively respond to the HIV/AIDs epidemic.

UN publications:

  • Partnership with Faith-Based Organisations – UNAIDS Strategic Framework (ENFR)
  • On the Fast-Track to end AIDS by 2030: Focus on location and population. (EN)

Faith based organizations:

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

works to promote and protect all human rights, set out in the Charter of the United Nations and in international law.

One of the ways in which Anglicans can engage with the UN in partnership with civil society organisations is through the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The UPR is a unique process which reviews the human rights record of all member states.

UN publications:

  • Engagement and Partnership with Civil Society (revised chapter of Training Manual on Human Rights Monitoring) (EN)
  • Universal Periodic Review (UPR) – Information and timetables for NGOs (EN)
  • Civil Society Space and the United Nations Human Rights System (EN, FR)
  • United Nations Human Rights Council – Civil Society (ENFR)
  • Working with the United Nations Human Rights Programme – A Handbook for Civil Society (ENFR)
  • Universal Periodic Review – A Guide for Civil Society (ENFR)
  • How to Follow Up on United Nations Human Rights Recommendations – A Practical Guide for Civil Society (ENFR)
  • United Nations Human Rights Council – A Practical Guide for NGO Participants (ENFR)
  • The Social Forum of the Human Rights Council – A Practical Guide for Civil Society (ENFR)
  • Directory of Special Procedures Mandate Holders (ENFR)

Faith leaders and faith gruops:

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) 

works to promote internationally recognised human and labour rights at work, to encourage decent employment opportunities for all, and to encourage protection and dialogue on work-related issues.


  • Convergences: Decent work and social justice in religious traditions (ENFR)

The World Food Programme (WFP)

is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.


  • How to Work with WFP: A Handbook for NGOs (ENFR)