The groups and people behind the COP22 Statement 2016

Joint Collaboration

The drafting and dissemination of the COP22 Interfaith Statement to World Leaders and the related handover of the Statement event on November 10 2016 at COP22 in Marrakesh, has been done in joint collaboration with representatives from more than 30 faith-based organisations globally.

Working Group Members

  1. ACT Alliance - Isaiah Kipyegon Toroitich and Arianne Van Alder (ACT Alianza)
  2. Anglican Church of Australia,  Public Affairs Commission - Rev Dr Lynn Arnold AO
  3. Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) - Gillian King
  4. Bhumi Project – Mat McDermott and Gopal Patel 
  5. Bishop John Henderson's office - Nick Schwarz
  6. Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University - Sister Valériane Bernard 
  7. Catholic Earthcare Australia - Jacqui Remond
  8. Consejo Latinoamericano de Iglesias (CLAI) - Milton Mejías
  9. Christian Aid - Frances Witt
  10. Eco Friendly Volunteers  (ECO-V) - Kanchana Weerakoon
  11. EcoSikh - Ravneet Singh 
  12. Elijah Interfaith Institute - Alon Goshen-Gottstein
  13. Faith for the Climate Network in England - Canon Giles Goddard
  14. Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils Inc. - Cecilia Mitra
  15. Federación Universal de Movimientos Estudiantiles Cristianos (FUMEC) - Marcelo Leites
  16. Franciscan Action Network (FAN) - Janine Walsh
  17. Friends Committee on National Legislation - Jose Aguto
  18. FOCSIV - Daniela Finamore
  19. Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) - Tomas Insua, Christina Leano and Marie Venner
  20. Global Muslim Climate Movement (GMCN) - Lotifa Belgum and Nana Firman
  21. GreenFaith - Rev Dr. Neddy Astudillo, Nana Firman, Rev. Fletcher Harper, Rev. Jenny Philips, Estrella Sainburg and Ciara Shannon (Coordinator of COP22 Statement) 
  22. Green Muslims - Ambreen Tariq
  23. Islamic Relief Worldwide - Lotifa Belgum 
  24. Jain Ecology - Sagar Sumaria
  25. Lutheran World Federation - Caroline Bader
  26. Multifaith Association of South Australia - Philippa Rowland
  27. One Earth Sangha - Kristin Barker and Lou Leonard
  28. Quaker United Nations Office - Lindsey Fielder Cook
  29. The Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology - Mary Evelyn Tucker
  30. Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment - Sr. Pat Daley
  31. Trócaire - Cliona Sharkey
  32. United Religions Initiative (URI)- Kiran Bali
  33. World Council of Churches (WCC) - Rev. Henrik Grape 


About the Organisations



ACT Alliance - A coalition of 147 churches and faith-based organisations working together in over 140 countries to create positive and sustainable change in the lives of poor and marginalised people. It runs the Act Now for Climate Justice campaign.

Anglican Church of Australia - Is a community of Christians scattered across Australia whose ambition is to serve Christ faithfully in the circumstances of our daily lives. 


Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) - ARRCC’s mission is twofold: to promote ethical, environmentally sustainable, healthy and contented lifestyles which respect the Earth’s precious natural resources, and to advocate, from a faith perspective, for public policies which contribute to climate justice.



Bhumi Project - Based at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, The Bhumi Project uses Hindu teachings and perspectives to work with Hindu temples, communities and leaders to take a more active role in the care and protection of our natural world.

Brahma Kumaris - A worldwide spiritual movement dedicated to personal transformation and world renewal. Brahma  Kumaris is in over 110 countries on all continents and has had an extensive impact in many sectors as an international NGO.


Catholic Earthcare Australia - Is the ecological agency of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Their vision is for an ecologically sustainable and resilient Australia, where Catholic communities play an active part in the holistic care of social, human and environmental ecology. 

Christian Aid - has a vision – an end to poverty – and we believe that vision can become a reality.


Consejo Latinoamericano de Iglesias (CLAI) - The Latin American Council of Churches is an organization of churches and Christian movements founded in Huampaní, Lima, in November 1982, created to promote unity among Christians and Christian continent.



EcoSikh - EcoSikh connects Sikh values, beliefs, and institutions to the most important environmental issues facing our world, ensuring that our deep reverence for all creation remains a central part of the Sikh way of life.



Eco Friendly Volunteers  (ECO-V) - based in Sri Lanka, advocates environmental sustainability by leading younger generations towards conservation, based on principles of Buddhist philosophy.


The Elijah Interfaith Institute mission is to create understanding and harmony between the world’s religions. They do this through interfaith dialogue, education, research and dissemination between the world’s diverse faith communities.

Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils Inc - is the peak body representing Buddhism in Australia, with a combined membership of the five state Buddhist councils represents more than 200 Buddhist temples and organisations nationwide, their members include the majority of more than 400,000 Australian Buddhists.

Federación Universal de Movimientos Estudiantiles Cristianos (FUMEC) is a Latin American and Caribbean Student Christian community committed to dialogue, ecumenism, social justice and peace.





FOCSIV - Federation of Christian Organizations for International Volunteer Service are part of 80 organizations operating in over 80 countries of the world.

Friends Committee on National Legislation is a lobbying organization in the public interest founded in 1943 by members of the Religious Society of Friends.


Franciscan Action Network (FAN) is a grassroots organization amplifying the justice efforts of Franciscans and Franciscan-hearted people around the country. Join our growing movement that endures from St. Francis of Assisi and his call for compassion for the poor and for creation over 800 years ago.



Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) - Represents tens of thousands of lay Catholics and 100 Catholic organisations responding to the Papal encyclical.


GreenFaith - GreenFaith's mission is to inspire, educate and mobilize people of diverse religious backgrounds for environmental and climate change leadership.  






Green Muslims is a source in the Muslim community for spiritually-inspired environmental education, reflection, and action. We engage locally while serving as a national resource.


Islamic Relief Worldwide - An independent humanitarian and development organisation with a presence in over 40 countries around the globe. 

Lutheran World Federation (LWF) The LWF is a global communion of 145 churches in the Lutheran tradition, representing over 74 million Christians in 98 countries.  






One Earth Sangha - One Earth Sangha IS a key player in the emergence the Buddhist response to climate change, providing a hub for information, connection and organizing. 



Quaker United Nations Office - QUNO staff work with people in the UN, multilateral organisations, government, and non-governmental organisations and are known for speaking out against injustice and war - issues that are incompatible with our vision of a world in which peace and justice prevail.


The Multifaith Association of South Australia seeks a real meeting of hearts and minds among members of different spiritual beliefs and cultures.  It is affiliated with the Charter for Compassion, Religions for Peace Australia, United Religions Initiative and Australian Religious Response to Climate Change.


The Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology - Is the largest international multireligious project of its kind. With its conferences, publications, and website it is engaged in exploring religious worldviews, texts, ethics, and practices in order to broaden understanding of the complex nature of current environmental concerns.

Trócaire - is the overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland. Our work is guided by Catholic Social Teaching, recognising the inherent dignity, worth and human rights of all people, as well as the importance of acting in solidarity with each other and in caring for our shared environment.


United Religions Initiative -  URI is a global grassroots interfaith network that cultivates peace and justice by engaging people to bridge religious and cultural differences. URI implements its mission through local and global initiatives that build the capacity of our more than 770 member groups and organizations.


World Council of Churches - The WCC is a fellowship of 345 member churches who together represent more than half a billion Christians around the world. Including most of the world's Orthodox churches, scores of Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist and Reformed churches, as well as many United and Independent churches.