U.S. Faith Climate Action Week 15-24 April

Submitted by admin on 3. March 2016 - 18:51

In the United States, people of many faiths, including the Baha'i community, will be celebrating Faith Climate Action Week on 15-24 April 2016 to coincide with Earth Week, including Earth Day on 22 April. Activities are being organized by Interfaith Power and Light, which in previous years held a Preach-In on Global Warming in February. This will be an annual interfaith event aiming to create greater awareness of the changing climate, the challenges it presents, and solutions.

AIESEC Global Leaders Summit

Submitted by admin on 24. February 2016 - 0:43

AIESEC Global Leaders Summit

Marrakech, Morocco, 13-17 February 2016

On 13-17 February, IEF President Arthur Dahl was invited by AIESEC, the world's largest student-run organization with about 43,000 members in 120 countries, to participate in their Global Leaders Summit 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco. IEF's partner Baha'i-inspired organization, ebbf - Ethical Business Building the Future, of which Arthur is also a board member, has collaborated with AIESEC for 20 years, and he has often spoken as a representative of ebbf at AIESEC conferences. There were two meetings as part of the summit, the International Presidents Meeting (IPM) and the Global YouthSpeak Forum which was dedicated to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Geneva Engage meeting on Internet participation

Submitted by admin on 31. January 2016 - 20:58

Geneva Engage 2-Day Conference

On 27-28 January 2016, IEF was represented by its President at Geneva Engage, a two-day conference about e-participation in Geneva, Switzerland. It was part of a process of research and innovation aimed at increasing the engagement of International Geneva with communities worldwide. For more about the project see: http://genevaengage.diplomacy.edu/

UN Climate Change Conference, Paris

Submitted by admin on 16. December 2015 - 1:30
2015 November 30-December 11
Paris, France

IEF events at the UN Climate Change Conference, Paris, December 2015


The IEF had an active presence at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) at Le Bourget in Paris, France, on 30 November-11 December 2015. The International Environment Forum organizing three events in the Climate Generations area for civil society, and co-sponsoring a side event at the intergovernmental conference. The Baha'is partnered in a side event on ethics at the intergovernmental conference, with an IEF member participating. Eleven IEF members were part of our team in Paris. Watch two introductory videos: "A look at the Baha'i International Community delegation at COP21" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28tUVudNLA4, and "IEF comes to COP21" at https://vimeo.com/152629840

The Baha'i International Community issued a statement for the conference: Shared Vision, Shared Volition: Choosing Our Global Future Together available at https://www.bic.org/statements/shared-vision-shared-volition-choosing-o… and on this web site at http://iefworld.org/bic_cop21. The Baha'i Community of France translated it into French at http://www.bahai.fr/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/2015-1112-BIC-COP21-FR.pdf and on this web site at http://iefworld.org/bic_cop21fr.

Conference on Climate Change in Sarajevo

Submitted by admin on 29. November 2015 - 1:31

Conference on Climate Change in Sarajevo

On 23 November, IEF member Laurent Mesbah helped to organize and moderated a conference in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on the topic "BiH Road to COP21 – In Anticipation of the World Climate Conference".

Workshop on Sustainable Lifestyles and Education

Submitted by admin on 23. November 2015 - 19:10

Workshop on Sustainable Lifestyles and Education

Vienna, Austria, 20 November 2015

The Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption (GRF-SPaC http://grf-spc.weebly.com/) and the Partnership for Education and research about Responsible Living (PERL http://www.livingresponsibly.org), both long-time partners of IEF, held a joint strategy workshop at the Vienna University of Economics and Business on 20 November 2015. The workshop was hosted by the Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development Vienna (RCE Vienna) at the Institute for Ecological Economics, and was facilitated by Vanessa Timmer of One Earth and GRF-SPaC (see November Leaves). IEF was represented by Victoria Thoresen, PERL Coordinator, and Arthur Dahl.

Vienna Workshop

ECPD 11th International Conference in Belgrade

Submitted by Arthur Dahl on 4. November 2015 - 17:56

ECPD 11th International Conference in Belgrade

The European Center for Peace and Development of the University for Peace Established by the United Nations held its 11th International Conference in Belgrade, Serbia, on 24-25 October 2015 on the theme "Future of the World Between Globalization and Regionalization". The International Environment Forum, through its President, Arthur Dahl, has been collaborating with the ECPD for a number of years in its work on reconciliation, religious tolerance and human security in the Balkans. The conference took place in the Belgrade City Hall, and began with a welcoming address from Sir James Mancham, founding President of the Republic of Seychelles, and a keynote from Prof. Dr. Erhard Busek, former Vice-Chancellor of Austria.

New Baha'i International Community Statements

Submitted by admin on 18. October 2015 - 21:02

The Baha'i International Community (BIC) United Nations Office has issued two new statements on the United Nations 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. Although they are addressed to two different audiences, some sections are common to the two statements.

Climate change threatens global financial crisis

Submitted by admin on 9. October 2015 - 16:48

Climate change threatens global financial crisis

By Paul Brown, Climate News Network


In a world where everything is interrelated, climate change is threatening more than just the environment. The world’s most influential banker says an orderly switch from fossil fuels to renewables is needed to avoid turmoil on world stock markets.

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