Diocese should give 0.7 per cent to the UN: Synod

Anglicans asked to support UN's Sustainable Development Goals

By Stephen Cauchi

September 8 2017Anglican dioceses have been urged to contribute 0.7 per cent of their income to support the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Anglican General Synod, meeting in Maroochydore, Queensland, passed a motion formally approving both the SDGs and the 0.7 per cent contribution.

The SDGs replaced the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals in 2015. 

Synod’s motion celebrated “the success of the Millennium Development Goals and (noted) that the number of people of living in extreme poverty has more than halved since 1990”.

It also welcomed “the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development which aims to end poverty, protect the planet, and pursue the common good”.

The motion encouraged “each diocese, through its synod, to consider 0.7 per cent of gross diocesan income, or some other meaningful proportion, to projects supporting the Sustainable Development Goals.”

It also called on the Australian Government to donate 0.7 per cent of national income to overseas development assistance that aims to reduce poverty.

The motion was brought by Bishop Sarah Macneil of Grafton.