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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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.

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.

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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 Officer and Head of New York Office:
Phone: +1 212 716 6262


Rachael Fraser - Administrative and Research Assistant (London):
Phone: +44 (0)20 7313 3926


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