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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NEW: United Nations Climate Action Summit, 23 September 2019: Commitments from the Anglican Consultative Council 

Ahead of the United Nations Climate Action Summit, the Anglican Consultative Council has submitted a statement to the Summit which sets out the priorities and commitments of the Anglican Communion for the meeting. We hope to be able use this as an informational and advocacy tool in the upcoming Summit Week to raise the concerns of the Communion as well as the important work that is happening across the world. It’s our humble submission to the UN and Member States, as a member of broader civil society and also in order to show that faith communities are actively calling out for action by governments as well as urgently taking action themselves.

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NEW: 2019 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development


Ahead of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in July, the Anglican Consultative Council has submitted a statement to the Forum, urging member states to do more to support populations and communities affected by, or at risk of, climate-related displacement.

You can read the written statement here, and learn more about climate-related displacement using the links below:


NEW: Anglican Consultative Council asks ACO to develop a 10 year strategy for engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals


At the gathering of the Anglican Consultative Council in Hong Kong in April/May 2019, the ACC passed a resolution requesting the Secretary-General of the Anglican Communion to bring together a group to develop a 10-year strategy for Anglican Communion engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals. You can read the full text of the resolution below:

Resolution A17.11 Sustainable Development Goals

The Anglican Consultative Council:

  1. notes the significant role that was played by the Member Churches and agencies of the Anglican Communion in pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals between 2000–2015
  2. recognises the urgency and global significance of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (known as Agenda 2030), as the successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals
  3. encourages Member Churches and agencies of the Anglican Communion, in the context of their own holistic mission, to continue and extend their contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through both delivery and advocacy
  4. requests that the Secretary General reports to the Standing Committee, no later than its first meeting in 2020, on a 10-year strategy on Anglican Communion engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals.


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.

For more information, please read our department factsheet which can be found here (also available in Spanish).

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


Rachael Fraser - Research and Advocacy Officer:
Phone: +44 (0)20 7313 3926


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