Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations (ACOUN) - Geneva Office

The Anglican UN Office Geneva (AUNO Geneva) has emerged in recent years to facilitate communication and partnership between the Anglican Communion and Geneva-based UN organisations.

The three main programme foci of AUNO Geneva are HIV&AIDS, Human Rights and Spirituality.

AUNO Geneva is currently staffed on a largely voluntary basis, involving Anglican clergy and lay people with an extensive background in international issues.  The Office supports the work of the Observer.

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Contact Details
Anglican UN Office (ACOUN) Geneva
Centre Œcuménique
150 Route de Ferney
CH-1211 Geneva 2
Tel: +41 22 791 6556
Fax: +41 22 791 0361

Committee Members 2008/9

Trevor Davies, Chair for the past five years, was formerly a Senior Lecturer at a British University, the Head of Personnel for the World Council of Churches (11 years), Secretary General of Defence for Children International, a staff member for the International Commission of Jurists, prior to being the Swiss Director of  a faith based Medical Charity. He has been involved in NGO work on a policy level and fund raising for over 20 years and has a wide network of contacts in the UN and NGO s. He has been heavily involved in a movement for Inter-religious Dialogue on behalf of Geneva based NGOs, as well as issues of Religious Freedom. He is a member of La Côte Anglican Church near Geneva.

Revd Paul Holley, Treasurer, has been an Anglican priest for 15 years following a career in the personal finance industry.  He is currently priest-in-charge of La Côte Anglican Church near Geneva, serving the Church of England’s Diocese in Europe. Through his parish experience in Manchester, UK he developed an interest in the contribution of churches to service delivery in health, education and community development. Paul gained a Master of Public Administration from Warwick Business School in 2006 which included an extended study of the strategic opportunities of the Anglican representation in Geneva, which he joined in 2005. With 8 colleagues he founded a consultancy to further research the potential of faith-based partnerships in health care. He co-wrote the report ‘Building on Common Foundations: the WHO and FBOs in Primary Health Care’ for the World Health Organization.

Ruth Foley graduated with a BA in Oriental Studies from the University of Cambridge, and worked for the Asia Desk of the World Council of Churches in Geneva on children's rights issues. She then took up a post as Policy Officer at the Mothers' Union (MU) headquarters in London where she was responsible, amongst other things, for coordinating MU advocacy at the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York. Upon her return to Geneva to study for a Masters in International Affairs, Ruth worked as an intern for AUNO Geneva. She currently works as a Reporting Officer at the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva. She is a member of Holy Trinity Church, Geneva.

Helena Mbele Mbong, a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Geneva, (Convocation of American Churches in Europe, TEC), for the past 25 years, Helena has served on numerous committees at all levels - her parish, the Convocation, The Episcopal Church, and the Anglican Communion, including the Standing Commission on World Mission and the Steering Group of the International Anglican Women's Network, and was a member of the Anglican delegation to the UN Commission on the Status of Women for three years.. She is also a retiree of the World Health Organization. A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, she has lived and worked in Cameroon and Burundi as well as Switzerland/France.

Dr. John Taylor studied and taught Islamics at Cambridge University (England), University of the Punjab (Pakistan), McGill University (Canada), University of Birmingham (England) & Harvard University (USA). After 10 years with the WCC (World Council of Churches) Dialogue programme, 10 years as  Secretary General of the WCRP (World Conference on Religion and Peace/International) and 6 years with CEC (Conference of European Churches), he serves, since 2001, as UN (Geneva) representative of IARF ( International Association for Religious Freedom). John is a member of Holy Trinity Church, Geneva.

Joy Poppe, a member of La Côte Anglican Church, has extensive mission and development experience in Nepal and Tanzania. She has recently completed her Masters in Research and works freelance with development agencies.

Revd Maree Wilson is curate of Holy Trinity Geneva and is studying at Masters level on gender and theology.

The group works on a voluntary basis but has capacity to respond to requests for advice and opportunity from around the Anglican Communion. For the past two years it has operated from an office based in World Council of Churches.