Presence at the United Nations

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The United Nations is a forum for the world's countries to address major global challenges together.

The Anglican Communion – covering over 165 countries - has special consultative status with the United Nations, meaning we are authorised to give feedback, speak out on important topics, or raise questions at UN meetings.

The Anglican Communion’s team at the UN seeks to build a bridge in order to:

  • Make the Churches’ distinct voice heard on issues of justice
  • Support partnerships between the UN and the churches of the Communion on challenges like conflict, forced migration and pandemics
  • Mobilise one of the world’s largest faith networks to take action on issues like climate change, informed by UN expertise
  • Reimagine difficulties faced by the UN and nation states, drawing on our faith, ancient traditions and scripture
The Archbishop of Canterbury at the UN Security Council

The Archbishop of Canterbury at the UN Security Council

On 29 August 2018, the Archbishop of Canterbury addressed the UN Security Council in New York on mediation, reconciliation and international security. He spoke powerfully about faith leaders who ‘cannot and will not walk away’ from conflict, highlighting the role of women and youth, and calling upon the UN to implement innovative ways of mediating strategies for peace within an overall aim of reconciliation. 

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Anglican Communion work with Refugees presented at the UN

Anglican Communion work with Refugees presented at the UN

In the second week of December 2023, Geneva hosted the Global Refugee Forum (GRF), overseen by the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). The Anglican Communion presented a snapshot of the work being done by our member provinces, and pledges to continue that ministry with refugees.

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Mediation Partnership

Mediation Partnership

Following a request from the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, we have established pilot partnerships between the UN’s Mediation Support Unit and Anglicans mediating in South Sudan, Nigeria, the DRC and Mozambique. Anglican leaders, women and youth here are deeply connected to local communities experiencing violence, and trusted to build bridges between divided groups. They offer the UN insights to help embed initiatives for peace, while UN Senior Advisers offer faith leaders strategic support and guidance to scale up their mediation efforts.

Anglicans at COP28

Anglicans at COP28

The Anglican Communion will have a presence at COP28 – articulating Hope, Justice and a Voice for the Vulnerable, calling for a just transition, resilience building in vulnerable communities and just financing in response to climate change. The Anglican Communion also wants to mobilise more people across the world’s third largest Christian community to take action and promote its calls to their respective governments.  

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Standing for justice at the UN Human Rights Council

Standing for justice at the UN Human Rights Council

Many of the UN's Human Rights organisations are based in Geneva. Our presence in the city allows us to encourage our member Provinces to:

1)     speak up when the UN Universal Periodic Review comes to review a Province's nation-state members

2)     raise questions, give statements or draw attention to situations of injustice taking place in their Provinces

3)     build coalitions with other churches and like-minded NGOs to effectively influence major global issues

4)     guide UN officials and diplomats as they make key decisions on subjects such as refugees, migration, economic policy and health provision

 

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Contact Information

Martha Jarvis
Anglican Communion Permanent Representative to the UN
Phone: +44 20 7313 39838
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @AnglicanUN