Main themes of the New York Office

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

Women's Rights

Women's Rights

The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is one of the events and mobilizing points for Anglican women. There have been vital additions such as training in economic literacy and advocacy, and gender budgeting analysis of Aid Effectiveness. Women have had direct engagement with UN Missions and this has deepened the women’s skills and delivery capacity. 



Leading up to the 1992 Rio Conference on Environment and Development and since, the Office has consistently advocated for environmental issues through the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD).

Following the Earth Summit, the Office participated in a collaborative team at the United Nations to prepare the policymaking document, Cultural and Spiritual Values of Biodiversity.

In 2002, the Anglican Observer convened a first of its kind event "The Global Anglican Congress on the Stewardship of Creation," which met in South Africa to educate and organize representatives of the Anglican Communion about the urgency of the environmental crisis. Healing God's Creation was subsequently published as the proceedings of the 2002 event.

Current objectives:

  • To advocate for environmental issues at the United Nations and to raise awareness of those issues within the Anglican Communion
  • To focus on urgent problems relating to water, food and climate change
  • To promote a better understanding of environmental stewardship and sustainable community development
  • To marshal support for corporate responsibility as it relates to human rights, the environment, and sustainable development

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Indigenous Peoples

The Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations has been deeply involved with the ongoing struggle of Indigenous Peoples since the beginning of its ministry, in the early 1990's. Among other activities, the Office actively participates in the Working Group on Indigenous Peoples, which is their primary vehicle for NGO representation at the UN.

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Migration, Refugees and displacement

“More and more people are on the move today compared to any other point in human history. In 2013, the United Nations estimated that there were 232 million international migrants globally, nearly half of whom were women.”

“Conflict and violence have forcibly displaced 60 million people worldwide, over 38 million of whom are internally displaced, and 19 million refugees. This is the highest number of displaced persons the world has seen since World War II. In mid-2015, there were more than four million registered Syrian refugees, a crisis that has spread beyond the region and into Europe.”

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