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Title: HIV/AIDS, 2006 assembly and public issues on WCC
"WCC Media" <Media@wcc-coe.org>
Thu, 12 Feb 2004 15:54:39 +0100
World Council of Churches 7 Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 12/02/2004 - pr-04-02
HIV/AIDS, 2006 assembly, and public issues
on WCC executive's agenda
Two highlights at the next 17-20 February 2004 meeting of the World
Council of Churches (WCC) executive committee will be an in-depth
presentation of WCC work on HIV/AIDS, and the formal installation of the
council's new general secretary, Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia. The committee will
also review the progress of work to prepare the next WCC assembly, and
consider actions on public issues.
Kobia, who took up his new post in January, will report to the committee
for the first time as WCC general secretary on 17 February. He will be
officially installed during a service in the Ecumenical Centre chapel at
18:00 on Wednesday 18 February.
The HIV/AIDS presentation is being programmed to allow executive committee
members to fully appreciate and take on board - in ways appropriate to
their own churches and ecumenical contexts - the intensive work on this
issue undertaken over the past year by the WCC Health and Healing desk.
The work aims at bridging a perceived gap between policy and action as far
as faith communities' responses to HIV/AIDS are concerned. It consists of
an Ecumenical HIV/AIDS Initiative in Africa (EHAIA), and of other regional
and global HIV/AIDS activities, all of which will be profiled for the
executive committee. Their input will assist in the strategy direction the
council will take on the issue in the future.
The committee will also review preparations for the council's ninth
assembly in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2006. Besides reviewing developments
in the assembly programme, it will decide how many delegates member
churches are to send to the assembly; for each church, that number will be
based on membership figures submitted on or before 31 January 2004. It
will also set the policy on subsidies for assembly attendance, and
consider other assembly-related finance matters.
Another part of the committee's work is to consider actions on public
issues. At this meeting, it will be analyzing nuclear disarmament, the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the situation in Sudan, Zimbabwe, India
& Pakistan, and is likely to issue a statement, or minute, on each.
In relation to the role of the churches in nuclear disarmament, the
committee will address the fact that international institutions and rules
created to achieve consensus, confidence and common strategies among
global and national actors on how to meet threats to peace and security,
including the rules to govern the use of force, have been weakened.
On the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it will consider the position of
churches in Israel and the Occupied Territories and of the Middle East
Council of Churches, the status of the US-sponsored "road map", the
"Geneva Initiative" and other alternative peace plans, and the
implications of Israel's construction of a so-called "security fence".
In its supervisory role, the executive committee will review overall WCC
work since its last, August 2003, meeting, the council's financial
situation, and organizational questions that, in this case, will include
procedures for applying a consensus model of reaching decisions.
The committee will also be asked to approve the procedure for WCC central
committee to replace one of eight WCC presidents, Rev. Kathryn K.
Bannister from the USA, who has announced her decision to step down from
the co-presidency for personal reasons.
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The World Council of Churches is a fellowship of churches, now 342, in more
than 120 countries in all continents from virtually all Christian
traditions. The Roman Catholic Church is not a member church but works
cooperatively with the WCC. The highest governing body is the assembly,
which meets approximately every seven years. The WCC was formally
inaugurated in 1948 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Its staff is headed by
general secretary Samuel Kobia from the Methodist church in Kenya.
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