World Federation seeks support for climate change agreement

Rebecca Mu’azu, Gombe

The Lutheran World Federation has urged governments around the world to support the implementation of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

This is to avoid climate change related displacement.

It also asked the wealthier countries to meet the standard of devoting 0.7 percent of their gross national income for official development assistance.

The President of the Lutheran World Federation, Archbishop Musa Panti Filibus and General Secretary Reverend Martin Junge made the call as the World mark Refugee Day.

In a statement, they called for ‘effective multilateral approaches to resolve the protracted conflicts in Syria, South Sudan, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and other places.

Protection of refugees
The statement said the two officials of the Lutheran World urged the member churches to support governments’ obligations to uphold international obligation to protect refugees and offer hospitality, as well as to refrain from building walls of isolation and fear.

It said there were 65 million people around the world, who are forced to move away from their homes, calling on its member churches and all people of goodwill to “extend the hand of welcome to refugees and displaced people.’’

The two officials also stated that the Lutheran World Federation’s vocation and core commitment was rooted in Christian faith, which calls on believers to welcome the stranger and to protect those seeking refuge.

They recall the communion’s work with refugees since its founding in 1947 and the empathy with the situation at the end of World War II, when “one out of every six Lutherans in the world is a refugee,” and the majority of those displaced received due protection.

The President of the Lutheran World Federation and General Secretary expressed profound gratitude “for all the individuals, congregations, churches and communities who have welcomed refugees and displaced persons” fleeing violent conflict, oppression, climate change and natural disasters.

Mercy Chukwudiebere