IEF members Onno Vinkhuyzen and Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen have had their paper "The role of moral leadership for sustainable production and consumption" accepted for publication by the Journal of Cleaner Production (2013) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2013.06.045. If you are interested, you can write Onno Vinkhuyzen for a copy (onno @ ebbf.org).
The Wilmette Institute is again offering its popular three month on-line course on "Sustainable Development and the Prosperity of Humankind" starting September 20th.
IEF contributions to post-2015 dialogue
International Environment Forum contributions to UN online consultations on the post-2015 development agenda and Sustainable Development Goals, January-July 2013
The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service facilitated a consultation up to 12 July to gather critical analysis from civil society on four post-2015 reports submitted to the Secretary-General:
1) High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (Post-2015 HLP)
2) UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
3) UN Global Compact (UNGC)
4) UN Development Group (UNDG): The Global Conversation Begins
The continuing series of United Nations on-line consultations on the post-2015 development agenda for environmental responsibility included the theme of Local Action, Innovation and Empowerment. The IEF submitted the contribution below on "Building Community Resilience" on 26 May 2013. Parts of this text were also included in the contribution on poverty, but are relevant here as well.
The United Nations is continuing its series of public on-line consultations on themes related to the Post-2015 agenda, including one on the role of the private sector and markets in achieving sustainable development.
The IEF submitted the following contribution on this theme on 14 May 2013:
Establishing an international ethical and regulatory framework for business
A contribution from the International Environment Forum (http://iefworld.org)
The United Nations has launched another series of on-line post-2015 consultations, including one on Education for Sustainable Development. The IEF submitted the following contribution on 7 May 2013, based largely on recent statements from the Baha'i International Community, with an additional focus on sustainability.
Contribution on EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT from the International Environment Forum
As part of the consultation on the Post-2015 agenda, the United Nations invited on-line comments on three themes related to Environmental Sustainability: Equality; Human Rights, Peace and Security; and Poverty. The IEF submitted comments on each of these themes, adapted from some of the statements it prepared for Rio+20. See http://www.worldwewant2015.org/sustainability2015.
Equality and Youth
The Wilmette Institute on-line learning course on "Scientific and Spiritual Dimensions of Climate Change" which started 1 February for seven weeks is oversubscribed, with more than 50 participants. The Wilmette Institute has therefore decided to offer a repeat of the course from 5 May to 23 June 2013. The course was developed by Christine Muller and other faculty are Carole Flood, Karryn Olson-Ramanujan, and Arthur Dahl, all IEF members. It is based on the similar inter-faith course for local group use available on the IEF web site (http://iefworld.org/ssdcc0.html).