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Anglican Observer at the UN: a Year in Review

As we are about to enter Advent, it is good time to sum up the challenges and achievements of the office of the Anglican Observer at the UN in 2007 and an appropriate time to share with you our plans for the upcoming year 2008.

External debt and financing for development

This paper was presented at the UN High Level Dialogue on Financing for Development (FfD) and Associated General Assembly Hearings with NGOs and Civil Society (New York, 22-24 October 2007).

Anglicans Working Together on AIDS

HIVAIDS LogoA Cathedral where people can come to be voluntarily tested for HIV, hospitals offering antiretroviral therapy, home-based care to help with adherence to medication regimes, youth groups offering support and prevention education, palliative care and practical help to those living with HIV. These are all part of the Anglican response to HIV & AIDS which is described in a new report.

Mapping the Anglican Response to HIV/AIDS

CAPA HIVAIDS LogoBy launching a new project to map the Anglican response to HIV/AIDS in Tanzania, Kenya and Zambia, the Anglican-UN Office (AUNO) in Geneva aims to encourage more partnership between international and public health agencies and the Anglican Communion.

A New Anglican UN Office in Geneva

The opening of a Geneva office in April 2007 hails a new phase for Anglican representation at the United Nations. Funded through a grant from the Anglican Communion, the office is a physical sign of Anglican commitment to the international humanitarian issues that are central to UN work in Geneva.

UN Human Rights Council – 4th Session, March 2007

Since the creation of the UN Human Rights Council in 2006, attention has focussed more on procedural issues than on substantive issues. This fourth Session of the Council was no exception, and such discussions continued to dominate the proceedings

Ugandan woman appointed Anglican Communion Observer at the United Nations

Hellen Grace Wangusa, the United Nations Africa coordinator of the Millennium Development Goals, has accepted the call to be the next Anglican Observer at the UN.

Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations Anticipates Arrival of New Observer

Canon Douglas Renegar with HE Al Khalifa, President of the General Assembly

The Anglican Observer Leadership Conference at the UN

By Gary Ryan, AUNO Associate
In June 2006 the Anglican Observer to the UN, Archdeacon Tai Matalavea sponsored a leadership conference for Young Adults representing the five world regions of the Anglican Communion.

Report on the 14th meeting of the 5th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 06-25-05

Speakers from Artic Caucus; Asian Caucus; Continental Network of Indigenous Women; India’s Confederation of Indigenous Peoples; the Foundation for Aboriginal and Island Research; Indigenous Peoples Caucus of the Greater Caribbean including Puerto Rico; the Indigenous Youth Council; the Institute for Environmental Development; North American Indigenous People; Tibetan Native Women.

Interim Observer Revd Canon Douglas Renegar responds to Bishop Riah, Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem

Grace to you and Peace from God our Father and from our Lord Jesus Christ. I want you to know that you, your family, your congregations and all the people of the land of the Holy One have been in my prayers and the prayers of this office.

The Archbishop of Canterbury condemns the escalating violence in the Middle East

Grace and Peace from the Lord Jesus Christ at this traumatic time for you and the people of Lebanon.

Report on the UN Conference on Small Arms and Light Weapons

From 26 June to 7 July 2006, the United Nations held a two-week conference in New York to review efforts to fight the illicit trade of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) established in the 2001 Program of Action (PoA).


Anglican UN Office Welcomes New Observer

The Rev. Canon Kenneth Kearon, secretary general of the Anglican Communion, in consultation with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, announced Hellen Grace Wangusa's appointment as the Anglican Observer at the UN on 3 October 2006. A lay woman from Uganda, Hellen Grace Wangusa holds a BA (Hons), Diploma Ed (Hons) and an MA in Modern Letters. Her undergraduate studies were taken at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, where she worked as a teaching assistant and later as a lecturer for the Literature Department. After leaving this post, Wangusa worked as the National Women's coordinator for the Anglican Church of Uganda and was responsible for developing national programs, fundraising and managing a staff of 27 women. She was also the national link person for the global Mothers' Union movement and the Anglican Communion.

From 1997-2004, Wangusa worked as coordinator of African Women's Economic Policy Network (AWEPON), a faith based women's organization in Africa that also co-ordinates the UN's Millennium Campaign for Eastern Africa. In this role, she advocated for policies that meet the needs of women, children and those from marginalized groups, and ensured that those most affected were central in influencing economic decision making.

Wangusa is one of the founding members of AWEPON, as well as Gender and Economic Research in Africa (GERA), and the Council for Economic Empowerment of Women in Africa (CEEWA). She successfully reactivated two organizations that had been closed: The Joint Mothers' Union and Women's office in the Province of the Church of Uganda and AWEPON.

With her experience as a representative to the United Nations for the World Council of Churches (WCC), Wangusa said she will be able to deepen her contribution to the Anglican Communion as a key player in promoting International Relations at the UN through Peace, Dialogue and Diplomacy.

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