The World Councils are working groups created by the Emmaus International Board in October 2004.
They are made up of members elected every four years in each region (the Europe Region has four members) and meet at least once a year.
The two World Councils are tasked with specific objectives.
World Council on Political Action and International Solidarity (WC PAIS)
The WC PAIS focuses on two areas:
- Solidarity within the movement : the Emmaus Movement’s own solidarity is not just about transferring funds. Solidarity within Emmaus is unique in that it also involves the exchange of human resources and expertise. The WC PAIS supervises and assesses solidarity initiatives with the aim of improving them.
Examples of solidarity initiatives carried out by the WC PAIS: annual world container programme and solidarity projects, human resource and technical exchanges and support, mobilisation for emergency solidarity, organisation of support networks.
- The movement’s political stance : as Emmaus feels itself to be morally obliged to denounce injustice throughout the world, the role of the WC PAIS is to help train Emmaus member groups on how to speak out effectively on these issues.
Example of political initiatives carried out by the WC PAIS: education programmes and training on speaking out effectively on issues, education and awareness raising programmes so that injustice can be denounced, information and discussion sessions on major world issues.
World Council on Training and New Generations (WC TNG)
The WCTNG focuses on two main areas:
- Training : Training members of Emmaus groups takes place at various levels:
– Training new arrivals (representatives, leaders, friends, volunteers and companions): the WC TNG members deliver a full and detailed presentation about the movement, helping new arrivals to be integrated.
– Financial and technical training for members of Emmaus groups: the WCTNG assesses the skills of companions, leaders and friends, in order to help develop groups and help them to adapt to innovations in the relevant work areas.
– Training on new activities: Emmaus member groups may decide to diversify their work (for example organic farming, fair trade, innovative collection and recycling initiatives). In this case, members of the WCTNG will organise training sessions in order to encourage the emergence and the implementation of these new activities.
- New generations : The WC TNG runs exchange programmes for young people from all over the world and in particular helps to prepare for the annual youth camps. The aim is to maintain a link with young people from all over the world. Their involvement in the movement ensures its long-term dynamism.