IEF events at the
UN Climate Change Conference (COP21)
Paris, December 2015
Paris, December 2015
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has quoted from the new Baha'i International Community (BIC) statement for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris.
The full statement "Shared Vision, Shared Volition: Choosing Our Global Future Together" is at http://iefworld.org/bic_cop21 or https://www.bic.org/statements/shared-vision-shared-volition-choosing-o….
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals
Video of a GEPP Policy Dialogue in Geneva
As part of the celebration of its 20th year, the Wilmette Institute is organizing a year-long series of live web talks featuring some of its faculty. On 6 September 2015, IEF President Arthur Dahl spoke on "Navigating the Storm: The Transition to Sustainability". The pdf version (1.1mb) is now available on the IEF web site, and a video recording can be viewed on the Wilmette Institute youtube page: https://youtu.be/kxULSlF5gSQ.