New York Office

"The Church is in the world to issue a wake-up call." - former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams

From left to right: Marnie Dawson Carr, Ambassador Anwarul Karim Chowdhury and ACOUN’s Rachel Chardon following a side event at the UN's Commission on the Status of Women in 2013.
From left to right: Marnie Dawson Carr, Ambassador Anwarul Karim Chowdhury and ACOUN’s Rachel Chardon following a side event at the UN's Commission on the Status of Women in 2013.
Photo Credit: ACNS

Through the Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations (ACOUN) in New York, the voices of the global Anglican Communion are heard at the only international organisation of its kind -- the United Nations.  The office pursues this ministry in two ways:  first, by engaging in the work of the United Nations in key areas of concern; and second, by bringing the experience, goals, and vision of the UN to the Anglican Communion.

The Anglican Communion opened its UN office in New York in 1991.  The first Anglican Observer at the UN was the Most Reverend Sir Paul Reeves of New Zealand.  He was succeeded by the Rt. Rev James Ottley of Panama.  In 1996 the late Bishop of New York, Paul Moore, held the post as interim before the Rt. Rev. Herbert Donovan of New York took over for 2 years.  From 2001, Archdeacon Taimalelagi Fagamalama Tuatagaloa-Leota of Samoa occupied the post until 2006.  In 2007, Helen Wangusa of Uganda was appointed Observer, and she served until 2010.

The Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations has been restructured, no longer holding the post of Observer.  The office now reports directly to the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, on all matters related to its work with the United Nations.

Contact Details
Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations
815 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10017
United States of America
Tel: +1 212 716 6262
Fax: +1 212 687 1336
Email: unoffice@anglicancommunion.org