UnitingWorld advocates in Australia on behalf of Church Partners in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, to give a voice to those who live in poverty or face injustice.
Read more about our three main advocacy areas below and learn how we can work together to address these issues.
The Fijian Methodist Church represents a third of Fijians. Since the 2009 military coup, their ministry has been restricted by the Government, with Conferences cancelled, internal meetings banned and leaders monitored.
With the cancellation last week of the Annual Conference of Methodists in Fiji, the interference of the Fiji Government in Church matters- that is, the election of its own leaders, has been highlighted. The Church worldwide has protested at this unacceptable violation of freedom of religion. As tourists and friends, Australians need to take opportunities to express support for human rights and the rule of law in Fiji and for the proper role of the Methodist Church and other bodies such as the Fijian Trade Union movement, and that the Government has no right to interfere in the proper decision-making of the Church.
UnitingWorld is engaged in advocacy on behalf of our Pacific Partner Churches on the issue of trade justice.
Trade is a significant issue for our Pacific neighbors. Free trade has improved living conditions and economies for many nations, but too many smaller countries are left behind in the scramble for profits.
For many of our Pacific partners climate change poses a real threat. King tides, salination and rising sea levels are already causing damage to crops, water supplies and homes in low lying nations.
Without action many Pacific nations such as Kiribati are likely to become completely submerged.
In September 2000, world leaders from all 189 member states of the UN came together to adopt the United Nations Millennium Declaration, committing their nations to a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty with a deadline of 2015.
UnitingWorld is committed to working towards the Millennium Development Goals.