About IEF


Information about the IEF, its organization and activities

The IEF is a Baha'i-inspired professional organization for environment and sustainability

Short description of IEF

IEF flyer for download


One of the major activities of the IEF is its annual conferences, which are often held in partnership with other organizations and events, and frequently rotate between continents to give more members a chance to participate. For members who cannot attend, some form of e-conference is organized over the Internet so that everyone can contribute.

Next Conference

To be decided

Reports of Past Conferences

A virtual conference from India, 11-12 July 2020

Rotorua, New Zealand, 7-11 April 2019

New York, USA, 9-18 July 2018

de Poort, The Netherlands, 14-17 April 2017

Santa Cruz, Bolivia, 7-9 October 2016

UNESCO, Paris, France, 10-11 March 2015

Toronto, Canada, 7-10 August 2014

Barcelona, Spain, 3-6 October 2013

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 13-22 June 2012

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 10-11 December 2011

Brighton, United Kingdom, 15-18 December 2010

Washington, D.C., USA, 13-16 August 2009

dePoort, The Netherlands, 18-21 September 2008

Ottawa, Canada, 12-14 October 2007

Oxford, England, 15-17 September 2006

Orlando, Florida, USA, 14-15 December 2005

Thessaloniki, Greece, 15-17 October 2004

Orlando, Florida, USA, 17-21 December 2003

Johannesburg, South Africa, 27 August-3 September 2002

Czech Republic, 19-21 October 2001

USA, 12-14 December 2000

 England, 15-18 August 1999

 Netherlands, November 1998

 Netherlands, October 1997

Reports of other IEF-organized meetings

IEF Seminar, Orlando, Florida, December 2004

Association for Baha'i Studies (North America) - 2004 Conference Workshop

IEF Seminar, Orlando, Florida, 12 December 2001

Environmental Interest Group Networking Session
at the Baha'i Conference on Social and Economic Development for the Americas
Orlando, Florida - December 1999


see the Activities page for details




Activities on environment and sustainable development in which members may wish to participate


Anyone sympathetic to the Bahá'í teachings relevant to the environment and sustainable development may apply for membership in the IEF. See the requirements for membership on the membership page. It is also possible simply to subscribe to the IEF newsletter.


While the IEF is a "virtual" organization without legal status, it does operate according to statutes that define its purpose and organization. A Governing Board elected at an Annual General Assembly guides the IEF, decides on membership, and organizes its activities.


The annual General Assembly, generally held during the annual Conference, is the opportunity for the membership to elect the Governing Board of the IEF, review the activities of the past year as described in the Annual Report, consult on future activities and make recommendations to the Governing Board. Members can participate in person, over e-mail, or by an Internet connection when conditions permit.


The Governing Board is elected each year by the world-wide membership by e-voting and during the General Assembly

Arthur Dahl (Switzerland) - President

Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen (Netherlands)

Laurent Mesbah (Bosnia-Herzegovina)

Wendi Momen (United Kingdom)

Christine Muller (USA) - General Secretary

Victoria Thoresen (Norway)

Halldor Thorgeirsson (Iceland)

While the IEF is open to members of all faiths and no faith, it is inspired by the principles and values of the Bahá'í Faith, and works to apply these principles to the practical problems of sustainable development and the environment facing the world today.

Last updated 23 August 2020