Sustaining Societies: Towards a New 'We'

United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)


Bahá’í International Community’s Statement to the
United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development
20 June 2012

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As nations and civil society gather at the Rio+20 Conference to take the next step in forging a new vision of sustainable development, the momentum generated in the lead-up to the conference has already brought about new levels of inquiry and of collaboration. Preparations for the event have stimulated thinking about economic paradigms, modes of governance, indicators of progress, the role of youth, as well as the very purpose of development. To an unprecedented extent, the United Nations has opened the door to the participation of civil society in the processes of the Conference. While many more voices remain to be heard, a call has been raised for governments to seize the opportunity before them: to demonstrate high-mindedness and resolve, to eschew partisanship and propaganda, and to articulate a visionary and ambitious framework for human flourishing.

Invitation to join and contribute to Rio+20 Dialogues on Sustainable Development

Submitted by admin on 1. May 2012 - 19:26

Invitation to join and contribute to Rio+20 Dialogues on Sustainable Development

The Government of Brazil is convening a Dialogue series with the aim of bringing together civil society, the scientific community and academia to contribute ideas and suggestions on sustainable development. Conclusions and recommendations from the Dialogues will be conveyed directly to the heads of State and Government gathering for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development taking place in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil on June 20-22. The public is now invited to vote on its preferences from 100 proposals drawn from 10,000 contributions. The third proposal under "Unemployment, Decent Work and Migrations" about managing enviromental migrations came from an IEF submission.

U.S. National Baha'i community calls for climate change action during Earth Week

Submitted by admin on 3. April 2012 - 20:00

The national administrative body of the American Baha'i Community sent a third message on climate change in three years to all its members in March 2012 to raise awareness of the moral dimensions of this issue and to call for specific actions during Earth Week (22-29 April). It is collaborating with Interfaith Moral Action on Climate Change (

Planet Under Pressure 2012

Submitted by admin on 28. March 2012 - 1:55

The global change research programmes of the International Council for Science (ICSU) organized a major science conference in London, England, on 26-29 March 2012 titled: Planet Under Pressure 2012: New Knowledge Towards Solutions. The conference aimed to provide scientific leadership towards the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development - Rio+20.

IEF course proposal for Rio+20

Submitted by Arthur Dahl on 16. March 2012 - 15:45

Among the many activities planned at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June 2012, the secretariat is organizing SDlearning courses in the main conference venue for delegates and other participants, and proposals for courses were solicited from all accredited organizations ( IEF submitted a proposal for a course on Values-based Leadership for Sustainability - Concepts and Capabilities which is now on the official conference web site (…), where the public is invited to vote for their favorite course from the 69 proposed, with a deadline of 13 April 2012.

Inequality between rich and poor

Submitted by admin on 8. February 2012 - 23:34

A new Bahá'í International Community statement on eliminating extremes of wealth and poverty has just been presented to the UN Commission for Social Development, and discussed at a UN panel session on 6 February 2012 (…). The statement provides initial considerations on a theme that should also be considered in the discussions on the green economy at the coming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012.

Report of the UN Global Sustainability Panel

Submitted by Arthur Dahl on 7. February 2012 - 0:15

The UN Secretary-General's High-level Advisory Panel on Global Sustainability (GSP) released it's final report on 30 January with a launch event in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The 99 page report and a 25 page overview of it, along with a press release from the launch event, can be found at: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's statement from the GSP launch event can be found at:

Comment on the Rio+20 zero draft

Submitted by admin on 13. January 2012 - 13:39

On 10 January the UNCSD Rio+20 bureau released the zero draft of the outcome document for Rio+20, "The Future We Want":…. This draft is based on hundreds of submissions from governments and civil society, including IEF, compiled at It will serve as the basis for intergovernmental negotiations leading up to the conference in June, starting in New York on 25-27 January.

Action on climate change by pilgrimage cities

Submitted by admin on 25. November 2011 - 15:12

The IEF collaborated with the Baha'i International Community in the launching of action plans on climate change from the major religions at a celebration at Windsor Castle in 2009. One of the outcomes was a proposal from the Mayor of Jerusalem to create a network of pilgrimage cities, and this has now been launched with the aim of making pilgrimage a greener experience.

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