IEF 19th Annual Conference

BREAKING NEWS: Reduced conference fee of 50 euros for IEF members. It is not too late to register.

The 19th Annual Conference of the International Environment Forum will be held in association with the international conference of the Partnership for Education and Research about Responsible Living (PERL) at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, on 10-11 March 2015. For IEF members, the registration fee will be 50 euros instead of 450 euros. Registration is still possible, for those organizing their own travel and accommodation, through the PERL website: or directly at



Indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals

Indicators and a Monitoring Framework for Sustainable Development Goals:
Launching a data revolution for the SDGs

A report by the Leadership Council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network
Revised working draft for consultation, 16 January 2015

Download the report (160 p.) at:

As the Sustainable Development Goals and targets go through governmental review and approval this year, one area of unfinished business is to identify the indicators that will be used to measure progress towards the ambitious goals for 2030. The SDSN has taken up the challenge, and its report proposes 100 global indicators for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to be calculated for all countries, as well as 141 complementary national indicators to be used on an optional basis depending on the national situation and priorities. All the global indicators are discussed in detail for methodology, data availability, and responsible organizations. The aim is to provide the scientific backing for decisions governments will take this year to adopt the SDGs, to be ready to start implementation in 2016 of at least a partial set of indicators ready for use. The revised working draft was open for two weeks for expert comments, and IEF submitted a short version of its analysis below.

Leaves - January IEF newsletter is available

Read on line: Leaves 17(1) January 2015
Download the pdf version



Webinar on Hanley's Eleven

Presentation: “Seeding a New Culture”

By author and sustainability expert, Paul Hanley

On Sunday, 1 February 2015, at 2 pm [note the new time], Paul Hanley, author of the insightful new book, Eleven, will be featured in a free webinar lecture hosted by the U.S. Bahá’í Office of Public Affairs. Drawing on the material in his book, Mr. Hanley will discuss how humanity and the world will adjust to support 11 billion people by the end of this century and how we can and are beginning to cure the social and environmental ills currently plaguing humanity and nature. As part of his talk, Mr. Hanley will emphasize a solution rooted in local education and capacity-building processes practiced in the Bahá’í community. Attend in person or tune in individually or as a community and ask questions following the presentation.

Location: 100 Maryland Ave, NE, Washington, D.C. USA
Webinar access:
Format: presentation followed by Q&A
Sponsoring Organization: U.S. Baha’i Office of Public Affairs,

Further info: contact Jamie Konopacky: +1 202.833.8990;



Climate Change Adaptation and Small Island Developing States

A five week free internet course, Pathways to climate change adaptation: the case of Small Island Developing States, on Coursera running from 26 January to 28 February 2015 includes IEF President Arthur Lyon Dahl as one of the faculty. The course was prepared by the University of Geneva in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme. Details about the course are available at, together with an introductory video.

The Road to Dignity by 2030 - SG's Synthesis Report

The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet

Synthesis Report of the Secretary-General On the Post-2015 Agenda

The Synthesis Report of the Secretary-General On the Post-2015 Agenda "The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet" was released on 4 December. It is worth looking at this report in some detail, since it aims to provide the vision, one might even say the ethical foundation, for the community of nations for the next 15 years to 2030.

IEF response to SG's Synthesis Report

IEF response to SG's Synthesis Report

Official IEF reaction to the UN Secretary-General's Synthesis Report on the Post-2015 Agenda
The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet

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Karlberg: Meaning, Religion and a Great Transition - review

Meaning, Religion and a Great Transition

by Michael Karlberg
a review and commentary by Arthur Dahl

The Great Transition Initiative is an international collaboration for charting pathways to a planetary civilization rooted in solidarity, sustainability, and human well-being. It operates an on-line forum of leading intellectuals moderated by the Tellus Institute in Boston. Papers are commissioned for discussion, and then published. A couple of IEF members take part in these discussions, which have been largely on scientific, political and institutional themes. In November, for the first time, the topic was "Meaning, Religion and a Great Transition" with a paper prepared by Michael Karlberg which has now been published on line. The discussion was lively and controversial, with the more secular scientists contesting that religion could be considered a knowledge system or be anything more than subjective and not worthy of serious consideration, while others welcomed this as an essential part of any transition. At the end of the month, Michael responded to the debate, and his commentary is also on line.

UN Secretary-General's Synthesis Report on Post-2015 Agenda

UN Secretary-General releases Synthesis Report on Post-2015 Agenda

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