Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane, of Cape Town, was the keynote speaker at a three-day consultation dealing with trade, aid and debt which was held 4-6 June 1999 in a suburb of Washington DC. It was sponsored by the Washington Office on Africa and the Stony Point Conference Center. The "archbishop was blunt in calling for the `cancellation of unpayable debts as a first significant step towards a new economic beginning for the developing world, in particular Africa', providing `a springboard to new hope, to a new dispensation of economic justice". Archbishop Ndungane also repeated his call for the creation of an Economic Union of African States. The consultation also issued a final statement "Toward Economic Justice in Africa: A Kairos Moment for American Policy".
Contents: Introduction -- The drumbeat of life -- Africa's growing churches -- Jubilee and African realities -- The ecumenical future and the churches of Africa.
"What light is shed on the eighth assembly theme "`Turn to God -- Rejoice in Hope' by African traditions, realities and experiences ? And what does this imply for the future of the Christian church and its quest for unity on the eve of a new millennium ? These are the questions addressed in this thoughtful and thought-provoking reflection by an African theologian". -- back cover.
Author is "an Anglican priest and senior chaplain at the University of Zimbabwe, Harare", later a bishop in the Church of the Province of Central Africa.
Adopt as its own the following resolutions of the 12th Anglican Consultative Council, numbered A, B, C, D1, D2, E below, that specifically relate to the work of the EcoJustice Committee (adapted as indicated in italics to fit the context of Canada and the Anglican Church of Canada).
(Note: Resolutions of the 12th Anglican consultative council, numbered A, B, C, D1, D2 and E are attached to the minutes as Appendix E.)
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Adopt as its own the following resolutions of the 12th Anglican Consultative Council, numbered A, B, C, D1, D2, E below, that specifically relate to the work of the EcoJustice Committee (adapted as indicated in italics to fit the context of Canada and the Anglican Church of Canada) and refer matters of particular Sundays to the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee. CARRIED #33-11-12
[N.B. Italics in electronic text indicated by text enclosed in quotation marks.]
Excerpted from Document #005-04-02-11, the EcoJustice Committee report to the Council of General Synod, November 2002
Resolutions of the 12th Anglican Consultative Council, numbered A, B, C, D1, D2, E (adapted as included in italics to fit the context of the Canada and the Anglican Church of Canada):
A. A World Fit for Children
This "Council of General Synod", in response to the United Nations Special Session on Children (May 2002) and the International Decade For a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010):
1. "Commits" to support the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child by advocating in support of the following:
a) building a world free from war, exploitation, abuse and violence, in consideration of the interests of children;
b) providing affordable and accessible healthcare [i.e. health care] for all children with a particular emphasis on HIV/AIDS prevention;
c) protecting the environment for this and for future generations;
d) ending the vicious cycle of poverty, including promoting transparency in expenditure and cancellation of the debt that impedes progress for children;
e) providing free and quality education that includes education for life including lessons in understanding, human rights, peace, acceptance and active citizenship;
f) engendering a real and effective commitment to the principle of children's rights in all sectors of society, including participation in religious civic and political structures; and
g) promoting active and meaningful participation of children in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating all matters affecting the rights of the child.
1. [sic i.e. 2] "Re-affirms the action of General Synod" to promote a culture of non-violence that values love, compassion and justice and that rejects violence as a means of solving problems;
2. [sic i.e. 3] "Encourages dioceses and parishes" to use worship and study resources that relate both to current world conflict situations and to the theological and Biblical questions involved in the development of a culture of peace and non-violence;
3. [sic i.e. 4] "Commits to sign onto `A Canada Fit for Children', a declaration on the entitlements of children in Canada and the obligations of the government of Canada under the Convention of the Rights of Children" (Appendix D).
This "Council of General Synod":
1) views with concern the increased levels of exclusion and marginalisation of the world's most vulnerable peoples as a result of the changes in the application of international patent law, in that:
a) patents on medications, particularly those related to HIV/AIDS are making antiviral agents inaccessible in parts of the world where their availability is critical; and
b) the practice of applying for patents on genetic and biological materials means that the developing nations are finding it increasingly difficult to maintain control over their own genetic and biological resources.
2) recognising that patent rights are intended to protect legitimate commercial needs and interests, "commits to work ecumenically" to engage in advocacy to ensure that ongoing changes to patent law both at national levels, and at the level of international trade agreements (GATT - General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade / TRIPS - Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights Agreement) protect the needs and interests of vulnerable populations and of developing nations.
C. World Summit on Sustainable Development
This "Council of General Synod", following the recent World Summit held in Johannesburg, South Africa:
1. supports actions in the five key areas identified by the Summit, namely water and sanitation, energy, health, agricultural productivity, and biodiversity and ecosystem management;
2. adds its voice of concern and support to those calling for a renewed and committed international approach to the control of those processes which increase global warming and affect climate change;
3. urges "dioceses and parishes" to celebrate the Sunday nearest to 1st June, World Environment Day, as Environment Sunday in order to raise environmental awareness across the Communion.
D. 1. Debt Burden
This "Council of General Synod" notes with satisfaction that there is movement with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund that may offer some positive relief to the most heavily indebted countries; nevertheless, in view of the fact that the debt burden continues to cripple the economies and aspirations of the developing world, reaffirms its commitment to the campaign for debt relief and for a review of the conditions imposed on debtor nations.
D. 2. Funding for Disease
This "Council of General Synod", noting the continuing debt burden faced by African countries and being advised that debt relief could release an estimated $10 billion for the provision of desperately-needed medications for the treatment of HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and cholera, calls on nations and institutions to which African countries are indebted to find ways of relieving them of their debt in order that the money so released can be applied to the purchase of medications and treatment of disease on the continent.
E. Racial Justice
1. "affirms its commitment" to give increased attention to the implications of heightened bigotry and hate crimes against those designated as people of colour, indigenous peoples, and peoples of religions and ethnic origins or races, other than one's own who are currently migrating from their own countries, including refugees and asylum seekers;
2. "affirms the request of the Anglican Consultative Council to" the Anglican Peace and Justice Network and the Anglican UN Observer to prepare an overview of international implications of increased hostility and tension directed in many countries towards people of other religions, ethnic origins, colour and nationalities and to report to the Joint Standing Committee of ACC and the Primates;
3. states clearly that there should be no outcasts in our churches.
That this National Executive Council of the Anglican Church of Canada adopt the following policy and urge that policy upon the Canadian government:
1. That urgent measures be undertaken to cancel outstanding debt owed by sub-Saharan African countries including debts to the Export Development Corporation and to the Canadian Wheat Board.
2. That Canada support alternatives to assist economic recovery and development as outlined in the "African Alternative Framework to Structural Adjustment Programmes" and the "African Charter for Popular Participation in Development."
3. That Africa remain on the U.N. agenda by keeping the primary responsibility for coordinating and monitoring programmes with the U.N. and not the Global Coalition for Africa.
4. That the Canadian government address the African economic crisis at all appropriate multi-lateral fora in which Canada participates, such as the Commonwealth, la Francophonie and the G-7. CARRIED #44-11-91