IEF General Assembly 2014

Year
2014

18th International Environment Forum General Assembly

Saturday 9 August 2014
Hotel Fairmont Royal York, Toronto, Canada

REPORT


1. Opening of the General Assembly

The General Assembly was opened by IEF President Arthur Dahl, who welcomed the members and visitors present.

2. Introduction of members present

Members and guests introduced themselves. Members present were Peter Adriance, Samuel Benoit, Vivian Bergenthal, Diana Cartwright, Gary Colliver, Arthur Dahl, John McLaughlin, Christine Muller and Fereidoun Fred Samadani. Four visitors were also present.

3. Selection of officers of the General Assembly

The meeting agreed that Arthur Dahl should serve preside at the General Assembly, and Sam Benoit offered to serve as secretary.

4. Approval of the agenda

The agenda was approved as presented.

5. Presentation, consultation and approval of the annual report

Arthur Dahl summarized the achievements of the International Environment Forum contained in the Annual Report 2013-2014 which had previously been sent to all the members. Several questions were asked regarding the Annual Report, membership and the nature of the IEF.

6. Election of the Governing Board

Gary Colliver and Christine Muller agreed to serve as tellers. A prayer was read and members present completed their paper ballots. Tellers began counting the paper and email ballots while questionnaire topics were read. Nine ballots were cast in person and 15 by email, for 24 ballots in all. All ballots were valid. The elected members of the Governing Board for 2014-2015 are Arthur Dahl, Peter Adriance, Emily Firth, Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen, Victoria Thoresen, Wendi Momen and Duncan Hanks.

7. Consultation on activities and priorities for the coming year

The questionnaire for members to determine how the IEF could serve them better was distributed and discussed briefly.
Two suggestions emerged in the consultation. Information should be shared on the climate change march being planned for New York in September just before the UN Climate Summit, which the American Baha'i community is encouraged to support. Following the recommendation in the Universal House of Justice's letter of 24 July 2013 concerning the Association for Baha'i Studies - North America that smaller meetings among experts on more focused topics would be useful, the IEF should consider hosting online consultations on specific areas of interest.

8. Other business

The chair asked if there was any further business.

9. Closing of the General Assembly

The chair declared the general assembly over and advised that the election results would be sent to members later.


ANNEX 1

18th International Environment Forum General Assembly

Saturday 9 August 2014
17:30-18:30
Hotel Fairmont Royal York, Toronto, Canada

Agenda

1. Opening of the General Assembly

2. Introduction of members present

3. Selection of officers of the General Assembly

4. Approval of the agenda

5. Presentation, consultation and approval of the annual report

6. Election of the Governing Board

7. Consultation on activities and priorities for the coming year, such as:
- what should be the elements of the IEF's evolving conceptual framework?
- how do our members correlate spiritual teachings and principles with the themes of sustainability and the environment in the context of both their professional and service activities?
- how can we help IEF members to "examine the forces operating in society and introduce relevant aspects of the teachings within the discourse prevalent in whatever social space he or she is present." (UHJ)
- how can the IEF best collect and share information on the experience of its members in doing this?
- what activities could IEF develop that would be especially relevant to young people?
- collaboration with various partner organizations and networks
- suggestions for future IEF conferences

8. Other business

9. Closing of the General Assembly


Last updated 12 August 2014