New York, NY - March 12, 2015
In the first week of his tenure, Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) Bishop Efraim Tendero met with United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the UN Headquarters in New York to discuss ways to strengthen partnership on issues of common concern. Bishop Tendero affirmed WEA’s commitment to continue working with the UN on global and national level to address subjects such as violent conflict, extreme poverty and corruption, and to strengthen inter-faith dialogue and the care for creation.
“For many years, we have been engaging with UN bodies and mechanisms in New York and Geneva, representing a constituency of some 600 million evangelicals in more than 120 nations. A meeting with the UN Secretary General only a few days after I took office at the WEA shows how much they value the presence and contribution of evangelicals at the United Nations and the relevance of the WEA as one of the three world church bodies,” said Bishop Tendero.
Bishop Efraim Tendero, WEA Secretary General, with Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the UN. (Photo: UN)
The conversation was marked by a shared concern about current situations of violent conflict and human suffering, acknowledging an increasing atmosphere of distrust amongst people of faith, when extremist behavior that disregards life itself is done in the name of religion.
Bishop Tendero affirmed WEA’s commitment to inter-faith dialogue and peace building, sharing about his personal involvement leading an inter-faith peace delegation in the Philippines in times of increased tensions between government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Mindanao.
He also expressed his appreciation that the United Nations are offering more opportunities for the WEA and other faith groups to participate and make relevant contributions to reconciliation, poverty alleviation, addressing justice issues such as human trafficking, and the plight of refugees.
“As Christians, we recognize the weight that lies on the shoulders of the UN Secretary General when dealing with so much suffering in the world. I was impressed with Mr. Ban’s sensitivity towards injustice and conflict, and his desire to reach out to faith leaders and build trust,” Bishop Tendero said.
“As followers of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, we are called to be peacemakers and to be salt and light in the world. With the WEA’s constituency of churches in local neighborhoods all over the world and our teams at the UN, we want to contribute with our understanding of what is needed and practical action steps that help address these issues at their roots.”
Learn more about WEA’s engagement at the United Nations at www.worldevangelicals.org/un
Bishop Efraim Tendero, who took office on March 1, affirmed WEA's commitment to continue working with the United Nations. On the right: Commissioner Christine MacMillan, Director of Public Engagement who leads WEA's engagement at the UN in New York and Geneva. (Photo: WEA)
Bishop Tendero and Mr. Ban after the meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. (Photo: UN)
Over two billion Christians in the world today are represented by three world church bodies. The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) is one of those, serving and representing more than 600 million evangelicals. Launched in 1846 to unite evangelicals worldwide, the WEA continues to be a dynamic movement with 7 regional and 129 national Evangelical Alliances, and over 150 member organizations. WEA's mission is to speak as a trusted voice, to equip members and leaders for global impact and to connect its members and others for common action in the furtherance of God’s reign. For more info e-mail at [email protected] or go to Worldea.org.