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New Church Leaders For “Eglise Methodiste Du Togo”

 “Eglise Méthodiste du Togo”, the Methodist Church in Togo, held its 8th Biannual Conference from 5 to 10 April 2016. As a first occurrence in Africa, two ladies were elected to be the leaders of that Church.

The new President is Rev. Mrs. Martine Zinsou Lawson who was formally the General Secretary and the new General Secretary is Rev. Mrs. Angèle Dogbé Wilson, who was previously the head of the Women’s Desk in the Programme for Christian Muslim Relations in Africa (PROCMURA).

The two ladies will work with the Vice-president and the treasurer, two lay gentlemen. The official induction ceremony was held on 15 May 2016 and was well attended by the AACC Staff, based in our Regional Office in Lomé, Togo, high-level political authorities such as representatives of the government and the opposition and Church leaders from Togo and other countries in the sub-region.

We welcome our dear sisters to the Lord’s vineyard in their new responsibilities and request you, sisters and brothers from the AACC family, to continue praying for them and for their Church.



A one-day Stakeholders’ Consultative Workshop on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), organized by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) in collaboration with Marie–Schelei Association, was held in Nairobi, Kenya, on 15th March 2017.  The All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) was represented by Ms. Zipporah Mwaura, Executive Secretary, Youth and Children and Ms. Syovata Kilonzo, from the Ecumenical Disability Advocates’ Network (EDAN).

The workshop brought together stakeholders drawn from Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), development partners and relevant government ministries, e.g. the Ministry of Devolution and Planning, Kenya, the SDGs Kenya Forum, the SDGs African Platform, among others. 

The SDGs were adopted in September 2015 by world leaders, whereby 17 goals were created, each with a specific target to be achieved within the next 15 years, by the year 2030, as the next set of goals following the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs). The aim of the workshop was to address systematic challenges across economic, social and ecological dimensions of sustainable development. In this workshop, the participants were reminded that, for successful implementation of the SDGs, integration and mainstreaming of the goals into institutions’ practices and programs is key, and it does not only require a high-level approach, but also an approach at organization, grassroots, regional, national and global levels, to ensure that no one is left behind.  

The workshop main objectives were: 

  • i.Share knowledge and expertise to deepen the participants’ understanding of the SDGs and identify gaps in their implementation;
  • ii.Provide insights/recommendations to stakeholders that can inform the implementation of the SDGs; 
  • iii.Share and exchange the North-South perspectives on the challenges of coherent economic, social and ecological sustainable development. 

The participants resolved to:

  • i.Employ transparency and coherence for fruitful implementation of SDGs and address challenges across economic, social and ecological dimensions; 
  • ii.Promote an open engagement with all stakeholders, as well as sharing of information to implement the Agenda 2030;
  • iii.Maintain dialogue between partners and form a regional interactive partnership network of development to implement the SDGs, which need to be understood well by all, both at high level and grassroots level;
  • iv.Explore opportunities of engagement with the SDGs, as an organization’s sign of commitment to address the challenges affecting the developing countries determined to make the world a better place. 

The AACC has engaged with the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063 and has been involved in the development of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), working closely with the Africa Interfaith Leaders’ Initiative on Post 2015.  She has also walked closely with women and youth leaders from her member churches, creating a platform and a chance for young men and women to come together, discuss and exchange ideas on issues that are positively and negatively influencing their lives in different areas. She has started awareness creation on the SDGs and Agenda 2063 and also tackled a number of the goals already:

  • Goal No 5, when some staff participated in the recently held 9th African Union Gender Pre-Summit on Gender Justice and committed to spread the recommendations thereof with member churches; 
  • Goal No 8, when she empowered women, young women and men in entrepreneurship and skills building; 
  • Goal no 16, when she has held workshops on trauma healing, Gender Based Violence, Religious Extremism and Radicalization, among others.

Way forward

The AACC planned to work on a teaching material giving biblical basis under the caption “Faith in Action” for each of the Goals, in order to anchor the SDGs from the perspective of the Church. 

Courtesy of Friedrich-Ebert-Stifung
Courtesy of Friedrich-Ebert-Stifung


Informações de Contato

All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC-CETA)

Secretariado Geral: Waiyaki Way.
P.O. Box 14205-00800 Westlands,
Nairobi, Kenya.

Tel: +254 20 4441483, 4441338/9
Fax: +254 20 4443241, 4445835


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