International Environment Forum - A Bahá'í inspired organization for environment and sustainability http://iefworld.org/ en COVID-19, Climate, Collapse: Is There Any Hope? http://iefworld.org/node/1064 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">COVID-19, Climate, Collapse: Is There Any Hope?</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">25. May 2020 - 23:30</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><div style="text-align: center;"> <h2 style="text-align: center; color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">COVID-19, Climate, Collapse: Is There Any Hope? with Arthur Dahl</h2> <p>31 May 2020, 3 pm EST, 21:00 CET</p> </div> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <p>You are cordially invited to a Zoom meeting and discussion with Arthur L. Dahl</p> <p>on:
 <b>COVID-19, Climate, Collapse: Is There Any Hope?</b></p> <p>We are facing multiple crises threatening our future and that of coming generations. The climate crisis is accelerating, biodiversity is collapsing, the pandemic is far from over and the economy may be next. What hope is there for the future? How can we prepare ourselves for the challenges ahead? What do we say to our children and grandchildren? Is this the end of civilization, or perhaps a crisis of adolescence before reaching a new maturity? Armed with systems thinking and some essential values, we can find positive ways to respond to the environmental, social and economic challenges before us, as well as the inner struggles we must go through as we try to achieve our higher human purpose. Drawing on themes from his recent book “<i>In Pursuit of Hope: A Guide for the Seeker</i>,” Dr. Dahl will explore how we can start building the better world that can emerge from the chaos of today.</p> <p>Dr. Arthur Lyon Dahl of Geneva, Switzerland, has more than 30 years international experience in sustainable development and environment. He is a retired Deputy Assistant Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), where he was Deputy Director of the Oceans and Coastal Areas Programme, Coordinator of the UN System-wide Earthwatch and first Director of the Coral Reef Unit. He has coordinated the UNEP/University of Geneva Program of Advanced Studies in Environmental Diplomacy and is a consultant to international organizations and research programs on environmental assessment, observing strategies, indicators of sustainability, coral reefs, biodiversity, islands, environmental education, and social and economic development. He holds an AB in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and a PhD in Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. A specialist on small islands and coral reefs, he spent many years in the South Pacific as Regional Ecological Advisor with the Pacific Commission, and organized the Pacific Regional Environment Program. He was in the Secretariat of the Rio Earth Summit to prepare Agenda 21, the global action plan for sustainable development, and organized several parallel events at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Johannesburg, 2002) and, more recently, during the Paris Accord on Climate Change (2015). He is President of the International Environment Forum and on the governing boards of Ethical Business Building the Future and the Global Governance Forum. He has published many scientific papers and books including <i>The Eco Principle: Ecology and Economics in Symbiosis</i> and <i>In Pursuit of Hope: A Guide for the Seeker</i>. His current interests include integrating ecology and economics, global strategies for environmental observing and assessment, and indicators of sustainability.</p> <p>Augusto Lopez-Claros is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. RSVP: <a href="mailto:alopezclaros@gmail.com">alopezclaros@gmail.com</a></p> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="66" src="/gr/IEFlogo5.gif" width="142" /></p> <p><small>Last updated 25 May 2020</small></p> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Mon, 25 May 2020 20:30:38 +0000 admin 1064 at http://iefworld.org http://iefworld.org/node/1064#comments Deforestation and COVID-19: Emerging understanding of planetary and human health linkages http://iefworld.org/drich20a <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Deforestation and COVID-19: Emerging understanding of planetary and human health linkages</span> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-string-long field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Author</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item">Richards, Michael</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year field--type-integer field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Year</div> <div class="field__item">2020</div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">21. May 2020 - 17:22</span> Thu, 21 May 2020 14:22:51 +0000 admin 1063 at http://iefworld.org Transforming Education for Sustainable Futures http://iefworld.org/TESF <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Transforming Education for Sustainable Futures</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">20. May 2020 - 19:49</span> <div class="field field--name-subjects field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/28" hreflang="en">Education</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/62" hreflang="en">Sustainable Development</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><h2 style="text-align: center; color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">Transforming Education for Sustainable Futures</h2> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <p>Transforming Education for Sustainable Futures (TESF) is a UK Global Challenges Research Fund-supported Network Plus, co-ordinated out of the University of Bristol, working with partners in India, Rwanda, Somalia/Somaliland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. It undertakes collaborative research to Transform Education for Sustainable Futures. It is a large (£2.5 million) action research project, with national hubs in India, Rwanda, Somalia and South Africa. IEF Member Terra Sprague helps to manage the network, and Arthur Dahl is on the Advisory Group. Visit its website at <a href="https://tesf.network/">https://tesf.network/</a>, where you can find briefing notes on topics such as <i>Learning for Sustainable Livelihoods</i>, <i>Collaboration and Capacity Development</i>, <i>Climate Change and Education</i>, <i>Addressing Inequalities</i>, and <i>The Case for Transformative Public Education</i>.</p> <p>The inception event with a public launching was held at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom, on 5-8 January 2020. Project leaders from each country participated in the inception meeting, and presented at a public launching of the project. A photo album of the meeting is at <a href="http://yabaha.net/dahl/travel/t2020/Bristol/Bristol.html">http://yabaha.net/dahl/travel/t2020/Bristol/Bristol.html</a>.</p> <h3 style="text-align: center; color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">The Case for Transformative Public Education: Responding to Covid-19 now while addressing long-term underlying inequalities</h3> <p>Educating the public is central to governmental and NGO responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. This briefing paper of the Transforming Education for Sustainable Futures Network Plus addresses the following topics:</p> <ul> <li>What is Transformative Public Education</li> <li>Why Transformative Public Education matters to the COVID-19 response</li> <li>Why Transformative Public Education matters for addressing long-term underlying risks to communities</li> <li>Examples of Transformative Public Education responses to COVID-19</li> <li>Suggestions for governments and state welfare actors seeking to work with Transformative Public Education</li> <li>Suggestions for community leaders working with</li> <li>Transformative Public Education Transformative Public Education in times of physical distancing</li> <li>Key readings and resources</li> </ul> <p>TESF encourages sharing the briefing paper: <a href="https://tesf.network/resource/transformative-public-education/">https://tesf.network/resource/transformative-public-education/</a></p> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="66" src="/gr/IEFlogo5.gif" width="142" /></p> <p><small>Last updated 20 May 2020</small></p> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Wed, 20 May 2020 16:49:06 +0000 admin 1061 at http://iefworld.org http://iefworld.org/TESF#comments Leaves - May IEF newsletter is available http://iefworld.org/node/255 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Leaves - May IEF newsletter is available</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">15. May 2020 - 19:08</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Read on line: <a href="/newslt131"><strong><em>Leaves</em></strong> 22(5) May 2020</a> light text version with fewer illustrations.<br /> Download as a <a href="/fl/IEF_Leaves200515.pdf">pdf version</a> [900 kb].</p> <table background="/gr/BLEAF1.JPG" style="background-color: rgb(0, 153, 0); width: 100%; height: 55px; text-align: left; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"> <tbody> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Fri, 15 May 2020 16:08:08 +0000 admin 255 at http://iefworld.org http://iefworld.org/node/255#comments In Pursuit of Hope in a Time of Crisis http://iefworld.org/node/1058 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">In Pursuit of Hope in a Time of Crisis</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">25. April 2020 - 21:19</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><div style="text-align: center;"> <h2 style="text-align: center; color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">In Pursuit of Hope in a Time of Crisis</h2> <p>Webinar with Arthur Dahl<br /> Saturday 25 April 2020</p> </div> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <p>The Wilmette Institute and ebbf-Ethical Business Building the Future are organizing a series of weekly webinars on the general theme <b>Addressing the Present, Building the Future</b>. The webinar on Saturday 25 April was on <b>In Pursuit of Hope in a Time of Crisis</b> featuring IEF President Arthur Dahl.</p> <p>Facebook Link: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/WilmetteInstitute/posts/3004453406244884">https://www.facebook.com/WilmetteInstitute/posts/3004453406244884</a><br /> YouTube Link: <a href="https://youtu.be/rseYnGRUqyg">https://youtu.be/rseYnGRUqyg</a></p> <p><img alt="In Pursuit of Hope" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="26ebbc2f-9a86-4dc2-924d-fab55f5ce125" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/In%20Pursuit%20of%20Hope%20in%20a%20Time%20of%20Crisis-%20Arthur%20Dahl.png" /></p> <p>As COVID-19 sweeps the world, fear and panic are natural responses. The world was already in a mess, and now mass suffering is impacting everyone. For young people, their future already overshadowed by the climate catastrophe, hope may seem impossible. Yet this cloud does have a silver lining giving hope, which we can explore together. My recent book "In Pursuit of Hope", suggests ways to arm ourselves for the environmental, social and economic challenges we are now facing and those still to come. See if you leave this webinar with more hope in the future.</p> <hr /> <p>The book referred to in the webinar is:</p> <p><img alt="In Pursuit of Hope" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/gr/InPursuit.jpg" style="width: 240px; height: 370px;" /></p> <p>Oxford: George Ronald Publisher, soft cover £10.99 / $18.99 204 pages. Order from <a href="http://www.grbooks.com/george-ronald-publisher-books/social-and-economic-development/inpursuitofhope-1557910160">http://www.grbooks.com/george-ronald-publisher-books/social-and-economi…</a>. A Kindle version is available from Amazon.</p> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="66" src="/gr/IEFlogo5.gif" width="142" /></p> <p><small>Last updated 26 April 2020</small></p> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Sat, 25 Apr 2020 18:19:44 +0000 admin 1058 at http://iefworld.org http://iefworld.org/node/1058#comments Countdown to International Day of Multilateralism http://iefworld.org/node/1057 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Countdown to International Day of Multilateralism</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">23. April 2020 - 18:13</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><div style="text-align: center;"> <h2 style="text-align: center; color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">Countdown to International Day of Multilateralism</h2> <p>Friday 24 April 2020</p> </div> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <p>The International Environment Forum is collaborating with <b>UN2020</b>: Civil Society Partnerships for the UN We Need, and <b>Together First</b> to support a week for multilateralism leading up to the International Day for Multilateralism on 24 April.</p> <p>It is the time for us to send a strong unified message to our leaders on the critical need to #makeUN75count and a loud reminder that #multilateralismmatters more than ever.</p> <hr /> <p><b>24 April - International Day of Multilateralism</b> - Today, we celebrate the International Day of Multilateralism by reminding ourselves that addressing global challenges such as climate change, pandemics, poverty, and cross-border economic shocks requires unified action and collaboration. Watch the UN2020 video <a href="https://vimeo.com/411257886">The Future We Want the UN We Need</a>.</p> <p>One special event on the International Day of Multilateralism is the event organized by the Global Challenges Foundation including a high-level book launch of <i>Global Governance and the Emergence of Global Institutions for the 21st Century</i> of which IEF members Maja Groff and Arthur Dahl were co-authors. It is being webcast on 24 April from 13:00 to 14:30 CEST at <a href="https://globalchallenges.org/events/the-future-we-want-the-un-we-need/">https://globalchallenges.org/events/the-future-we-want-the-un-we-need/</a></p> <hr /> <p><b>23 April</b> - Today we are highlighting one of the most pressing global issues of the century: ‘<b>Climate Change</b>’. Working toward a robust climate governance regime takes time which, unfortunately, we do not have. The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, for instance, bore its first real fruits close to twenty years after their creation (during the Kennedy round in 1964). Realizing that we do not have twenty years ahead of us, we must start developing and testing the right frameworks now to further climate governance enforcement. We further suggest to make UN75 count by prioritizing the implementation of the <b>Sustainable Development Goals</b> (SDGs).</p> <p>In light of the upcoming UN 75th anniversary and COP 26 how can today’s “hybrid” (top-down/bottom-up) climate governance model be further innovated and strengthened? Check the recommendations from the global policy dialogue on climate governance: <a href="https://www.stimson.org/2019/global-policy-dialogue-on-climate-governance-innovating-the-paris-agreement-beyond/">https://www.stimson.org/2019/global-policy-dialogue-on-climate-governan…</a>. Without swift and concrete action to mitigate the climate crisis, impacts including extreme weather, food shortages and displacement will only get worse. @TogetherFirst's campaign hub has gathered proposals that can be implemented during #UN75 - read them here: <a href="https://together1st.org/">https://together1st.org/</a>. The UN turns 75 years old, but this is no time for business as usual. Instead, vital UN organs like the Security Council need to adapt and implement forward-looking initiatives to address climate change and other security issues defining our time.</p> <p><img alt="Climate change" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="cdbaed8d-cede-44bf-951a-8fd070f8bdce" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Day_6_3.png" /></p> <p>During #UN75, we need to emphasize the importance of stronger political leadership and transformative action to achieve the SDGs and the Paris Agreement by 2030. We need to #MakeUN75Count by enhancing the mandates of the bodies established to oversee SDG implementation, like the High Level Political Forum.</p> <p><img alt="Sustainable Development Goals" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="13a665b9-f2ed-437f-9098-12d351c4327d" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Day_6_4.png" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><b>22 April, EARTH DAY</b> - Today is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, the first mass event of the environmental movement (see separate IEF post). For UN2020, the priority today is peace and security. The Peacebuilding Commission should be upgraded into a Council. Moving “soft security” issues to front and center of the Peacebuilding Council’s agenda, instead of behind hard security issues prioritized by the Security Council at the expense of the former, allows for better accountability in governance. Lethal Autonomous Weapons (LAWS) pose a significant threat to our human rights. We need to mitigate the threat from such new and emerging technologies during UN75. This is also a chance for Member States to rally behind a more people-centered approach to security in a world without nuclear weapons. It’s time to eliminate this existential threat to all of humanity.</p> <p><img alt="Peace and security" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="41e43916-39fb-47af-b629-f36334187135" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Day_5_3.png" /></p> <p>Humanitarian organizations – both inside and outside the UN system – are chronically underfunded. To #MAKEUN75COUNT also means to implement financing reforms to ensure that humanitarian aid is delivered as effectively as possible. The Secretary-General’s “Sustaining Peace Agenda” to strengthen the UN’s capacities to maintain peace &amp; security empowers long neglected &amp; under-funded aspects of the UN - like conflict prevention and mediation.</p> <p><img alt="Sustaining peace" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="975f30d7-a159-404b-bb18-eda4456f9cd8" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Day_5_4.png" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><b>21 April</b> - The issues for review today are the global issue of migration in answer to why #multilateralismmatters, and a stronger voice for civil society and vulnerable or marginalized groups. Thanks to the Global Compact for Migration, states have an agreed framework to "ensure safe, orderly and regular migration for the benefit of all". For advancing a human-rights based approach to migration, we need to strengthen multilateralism during UN75.</p> <p><img alt="Migration" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="58e5f1ba-258c-4eb3-b115-bc7df64ce857" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Day_4_3.png" /></p> <p>We are also advocating for a ‘People Centered UN’ and within that are civil society, youth, persons with disabilities and other vulnerable group voices. Despite the unquestionable value of civil society, the space made available to civic actors continues to shrink in countries around the world and at the UN itself. Strengthening the voices of citizen representatives in its various meetings and forums would make the UN more responsive and better able to address global issues. Consistently applied rules and procedures are required for meaningful civil society participation at all levels at the UN. The UN75 People’s Declaration and Plan of Action identifies several strategies for pursuing this goal to ensure civil society’s meaningful participation in global governance.</p> <p><img alt="People centred UN" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="857bec05-1898-46c3-8792-00188423c4ed" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Day_4_4.png" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><b>20 April</b> - Today, the issue raised on why #multilateralismmatters is the ‘Rise of Nationalism’. During UN75, decision-makers need to address the UN’s democracy and legitimacy deficits by establishing a World Parliamentary Assembly as an advisory body to the UN General Assembly.</p> <p><img alt="Rise of nationalism" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6f22c51e-88fa-40bf-bbc0-2e30d8d41a96" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Day_3_4.png" /></p> <p>The second issue is how to profit from the 75th anniversary of the United Nations to launch a process for global governance reform. Some of the key recommendations and ideas suggested by civil society to #makeUN75count:</p> <p><b>1. A post-UN75 process for UN strengthening</b></p> <p>The UN75 political declaration to be adopted by world leaders this September should do more than commemorate the organization’s many past achievements. It should also acknowledge growing challenges to international cooperation, and set the international community on a path toward a more robust and effective UN system. UN2020 calls on member states to establish an Independent Commission on Global Governance as a follow-on process from UN75.</p> <p><b>2. The need for global governance innovation during UN75</b></p> <p>UN member states need to ensure that the UN75th anniversary is not just a simple birthday celebration. It cannot come and go as just a simple conversation among member states. At the heart of the solutions to today’s challenges lies a sincere commitment to a new posture of collaboration, innovation, and action. The UN’s 75th anniversary is an opportunity to launch a global governance reform process, and this should be reflected in the political declaration that will be adopted by member states in September. Charting a new course for the UN during and beyond its 75th anniversary will depend on leaders who are ready, willing, and able to work together to strengthen our global institutions. In particular, “We the peoples” need a voice at the UN and in global governance, for example through a World Citizens’ Initiative and a UN Parliamentary Assembly (<a href="http://www.unpacampaign.org">www.unpacampaign.org</a> and <a href="http://www.world">www.world</a> citizens initiative.org).</p> <p><b>3. Multi-stakeholder processes for an interdependent world</b></p> <p>The Charter gives legal decision-making authority to UN Member States. However, on many issues there are numerous stakeholders whose views need to be considered, such as civil society, cities and other local authorities, business, parliamentarians, indigenous communities, migrant communities, disabled groups, regional organizations, and many others. We need a UN that better enshrines multi-stakeholder representation and decision-making.</p> <p><img alt="Post-UN75 process" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="7b0e1d02-0888-4c62-9054-cd1b08cf41ed" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Day_3_5.png" /></p> <hr /> <p><b>19 April</b> - Today we focus on the <b>global economy and inequality</b>. The present economic system led by giant multinational corporations driven by profits and a return on capital has concentrated wealth at the top, while half the world population can barely meet basic needs at best. Poverty persists in a world with adequate wealth for all. This is unjust and a major source of world instability.</p> <p><img alt="Global economy - inequality" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b95f3200-e776-4aea-8d1d-eefaaeed1ea8" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Day_2_2.png" /></p> <p>One important element of global governance reform is <b>gender equality</b>. No system of governance works well if half the population is excluded. At the global level as well, the system must ensure a full and equal role for both sexes. The UN Secretariat has made great efforts in this regard, and has been more effective as a result.</p> <p><img alt="Gender equality" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="86d17146-9d04-4682-bc88-b44cad9acba8" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Day_2_3.png" /></p> <hr /> <p><b>18 April</b> - Today we will be highlighting why #multilateralismmatters by focusing on the current <b>global pandemic</b> COVID-19, a health crisis that knows no borders and can only be overcome through international cooperation.</p> <p>Former world leaders stress that “global leadership for the COVID-19 pandemic is the only way to not leave anyone behind” and advise against governments working in isolation. Can a unified leadership come together during UN75 to strengthen cooperation?</p> <p>The members of the Alliance for Multilateralism met on April 16th to discuss the urgency of strengthening international cooperation to fight COVID-19. “Only by building a more sustainable and resilient world through enhanced international cooperation can we overcome this threat to humanity.”</p> <p><img alt="Global pandemic" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="2be8a507-65b0-4f99-937d-162e6ab9abf3" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Day_1_2.png" /></p> <p>Let’s make a difference together and urge our governments to #makeUN75count by advocating for a ‘<b>Better Funded UN</b>’.</p> <p>The funding of the United Nations, including its various programmes and agencies, relies on assessed and voluntary contributions from member states. But over the years governments have consistently failed to generate adequate funding for the UN’s work. To meet growing demands, we ask your respective countries to call for a wide-ranging review and reform of the means for providing essential funding of the United Nations system during UN75.</p> <p><img alt="Better funded UN" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="48e1b97c-d09e-46a2-b6c2-64f3296398dd" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Day_1_3.png" /></p> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>#multilateralismmatters<br /> #makeUN75count<br /> #UN2020</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="66" src="/gr/IEFlogo5.gif" width="142" /></p> <p><small>Last updated 24 April 2020</small></p> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Thu, 23 Apr 2020 15:13:45 +0000 admin 1057 at http://iefworld.org http://iefworld.org/node/1057#comments 50th Earth Day 1970-2020 http://iefworld.org/node/1059 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">50th Earth Day 1970-2020</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">22. April 2020 - 11:23</span> <div class="field field--name-subjects field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/57" hreflang="en">Environment</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><h2 style="text-align: center; color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">50th Earth Day 1970-2020</h2> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <p>22 April 2020 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the first Earth Day, which was organized in the United States on 22 April 1970, helping to launch the environmental movement. It was initiated by Senator Gaylord Nelson after he saw the environmental damage from the Santa Barbara oil spill on the California coast the year before, and was organized by a group of young activists in Washington, DC. Twenty million Americans took part.</p> <p>Maria Ivanova, a leading expert on global environmental governance, has written a recent analysis of the significance of that moment in <a href="https://theconversation.com/the-first-earth-day-was-a-shot-heard-around-the-world-136210"> <i>The first Earth Day was a shot heard around the world</i></a>. She shows how it led to the first major environmental laws in the United States, as well as to the organization of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1972, which established the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). That will be another 50th anniversary to look forward to.</p> <p>IEF President Arthur Dahl participated in the Earth Day events in Washington, D.C., the nation's capital, where he was a Visiting Post-doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Botany at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. He volunteered to be a speaker, and was assigned to the Walt Whitman High School in Arlington, Virginia, across the river from Washington. There was a student Earth Day assembly with a large audience, where he spoke on environmental problems such as air and water pollution and their world solutions. In particular, he described his first-hand experience with the Santa Barbara oil spill, after a leak from the sea bottom during offshore drilling sent large volumes of oil and tar onto the beaches for weeks in 1969. He was finishing his doctorate in marine biology at the University of California at Santa Barbara at the time, and participated in the initial studies there of the impact of oil pollution on coastal ecosystems.</p> <p><img alt="Santa Barbara oil spill 1969" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="../gr/OilSpill1969_1.jpg" /> . <img alt="Santa Barbara oil spill 1969" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="../gr/OilSpill1969_5.jpg" /><br /> <small>Santa Barbara oil spill 1969</small></p> <p><img alt="Santa Barbara oil spill 1969" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="../gr/OilSpill1969_8.jpg" /> . <img alt="Santa Barbara oil spill 1969" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="../gr/OilSpill1969_7.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>He then represented the Bahá'í International Community at the UN Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm in 1972, and then moved to the South Pacific Commission in New Caledonia as Regional Ecological Adviser to all the Pacific Island governments for a decade. After organizing the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, he finished a long career in the UN Environment Programme, as well as helping to found the International Environment Forum in 1997. The IEF will then be celebrating its 25th anniversary in the same year that UNEP commemorates its 50th.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>See also <a href="https://bahaiteachings.org/reflections-earth-day-half-century-environmental-action/">BahaiTeachings.org</a></p> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="66" src="/gr/IEFlogo5.gif" width="142" /></p> <p><small>Last updated 22 April 2020</small></p> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Wed, 22 Apr 2020 08:23:58 +0000 admin 1059 at http://iefworld.org http://iefworld.org/node/1059#comments Webcast on a UN for the future http://iefworld.org/node/1055 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Webcast on a UN for the future</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">15. April 2020 - 19:03</span> <div class="field field--name-subjects field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/51" hreflang="en">Governance</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/70" hreflang="en">United Nations</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><div style="text-align: center;"> <h2 style="text-align: center; color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">The future we want - the UN we need</h2> <p>Webcast 24 April 2020</p> </div> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <p>The Global Challenges Foundation and the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs are organizing a webcast online discussion about <b>a UN for the future</b> on the International Day of Multilateralism, 24 April 2020, from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm CET (7:00 am-8:30 am EST). This will include a launching of the book by Augusto Lopez-Claros and IEF members Arthur Lyon Dahl and Maja Groff, <i>Global Governance and the Emergence of Global Institutions for the 21st Century</i> (Cambridge University Press).</p> <p>As the UN is entering its 75th year of operation, different global challenges than the ones that sparked its formation have emerged. Global threats such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, the onset of pandemics such as the Corona virus and the Arctic’s accelerated ice melt share a commonality – they do not know or respect national borders. These threats are transnational by nature but we must ask ourselves if the governance structures required to meet them are strong enough.</p> <p>The UN remains a key component in establishing a robust multilateral structure. Sweden and Qatar are jointly responsible for facilitating the intergovernmental negotiation on the Declaration for the Commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the UN. This declaration will be an important opportunity for the global community’s efforts to meet these common challenges.</p> <p>For the webcast, after opening remarks by Mr. Jens Orback, Executive Director of Global Challenges Foundation, Mrs. Ann Linde, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sweden, and Mr. Jean Asselborn, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Luxembourg, there will be two keynote addresses. Mr. Fabrizio Hochschild-Drummond, Special Advisor on the Preparations for the Commemoration of the United Nations’ 75th Anniversary, will speak on: "What kind of UN does the people want? – Reporting on the global dialogue process The future we want – the UN we need". The second keynote by Dr. Augusto Lopez-Claros – co-author of <i>Global Governance and the Emergence of Global Institutions for the 21st Century</i> and winner of the New Shape Prize organized by Global Challenges Foundation, will be on "Global Governance for the 21st Century – a reform proposal for the UN". This will be followed by a panel discussion with Fabrizio Hochschild-Drummond, Augusto Lopez-Claros, Mrs. Anna-Karin Eneström, Sweden’s UN ambassador, Mrs. Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani, Qatar’s UN ambassador, and Rosaline Marbinah, Chairman of the National Council for Swedish Youth Organizations.</p> <p>The webcast link is <a href="https://globalchallenges.org/events/the-future-we-want-the-un-we-need/">https://globalchallenges.org/events/the-future-we-want-the-un-we-need/</a> and questions can be sent to <a href="mailto:info@globalchallenges.org">info@globalchallenges.org</a>. Viewers will be able to ask questions via chat.</p> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="66" src="/gr/IEFlogo5.gif" width="142" /></p> <p><small>Last updated 15 April 2020</small></p> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Wed, 15 Apr 2020 16:03:52 +0000 admin 1055 at http://iefworld.org http://iefworld.org/node/1055#comments Global Governance and the Pandemic http://iefworld.org/node/1054 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Global Governance and the Pandemic</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">12. April 2020 - 17:53</span> <div class="field field--name-subjects field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/51" hreflang="en">Governance</a></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><div style="text-align: center;"> <h2 style="text-align: center; color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">Global Governance and the Pandemic</h2> <p>Two webinars with Maja Groff and Arthur Dahl</p> </div> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <p>IEF members Maja Groff and Arthur Dahl participated in an ebbf - Ethical Business Building the Future webinar on 5 April 2020. They drew on their recent book <i>Global Governance and the Emergence of Global Institutions for the 21st Century</i> (Cambridge University Press) to consider the governance failures during the COVID-19 pandemic and how their proposals could help to correct these for future global crises. The webinar can now be viewed on YouTube at <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=13&amp;v=U7jH0NfnlEY&amp;feature=emb_logo"><b>What is the role of global governance during a pandemic?</b></a> (53 minutes)</p> <p>They were joined by the third book author Augusto Lopez-Claros for another web talk for the Wilmette Institute on 12 April on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9Xvln64ZsY"><b>Global Governance and the Emergence of Global Institutions for the 21st Century</b></a> which can be viewed on both <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9Xvln64ZsY">YouTube </a> (1:55:00) and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/WilmetteInstitute/videos/2581231445470161/UzpfSTU5ODU5MDI0ODoxMDE2MzM5Mjk4NzYzMDI0OQ/">Facebook </a> (1:55:00)</p> <p>The book can be ordered, or downloaded free as a pdf, from <a href="https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/global-governance-and-the-emergence-of-global-institutions-for-the-21st-century/AF7D40B152C4CBEDB310EC5F40866A59"> Cambridge University Press</a>.</p> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="66" src="/gr/IEFlogo5.gif" width="142" /></p> <p><small>Last updated 13 April 2020</small></p> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Sun, 12 Apr 2020 14:53:01 +0000 admin 1054 at http://iefworld.org http://iefworld.org/node/1054#comments Turning Point in the Great Transition? http://iefworld.org/node/1053 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Turning Point in the Great Transition?</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Arthur Dahl</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">11. April 2020 - 14:09</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><div style="text-align: center;"> <h2 style="text-align: center; color: rgb(0, 153, 0);">Turning Point in the Great Transition?</h2> <p>Arthur Lyon Dahl<br /> President, International Environment Forum</p> </div> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <p>The last few decades have seen two parallel processes at work. The dominant materialistic civilisation that has flourished and spread around the world since the end of World War II in 1945 has created unbelievable wealth and raised many out of poverty, but with the accompanying massive growth in the world population, we have hit planetary boundaries, and in recent decades wealth has become more and more concentrated at the top. Simultaneously, advances in science and technology have conquered some diseases, extended human lifespans, spread education around the world, and transformed lifestyles, at least for the better-off half of the world population. Today, we see an acceleration in two contradictory forces. Excessive materialism and self-centredness are eroding human values and precipitating the disintegration of the institutions that have held societies together, with rising hatred, fragmentation, xenophobia, populism and violence. At the same time, forces of integration have been building momentum, with information systems uniting the world as never before and empowering a sense of belonging to one human family. From the founding of the United Nations in 1945, to the end of the Cold War and the Millennium Summit in 2000, leading most recently to the adoption of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals as well as the Paris Agreement on climate change, increasing numbers, particularly among the young, are working to overcome the forces that divide us and to lay the foundations for an emerging world civilisation. But while many know what is wrong, they struggle to imagine what should take its place.</p> <p>Since the turn of the century, the forces of disintegration have been accelerating, beating back some of the progress made and threatening the future of world civilisation. There has been a resurgence of national sovereignty and a retreat from multilateralism, partly because of the injustices caused by its overtly materialistic and economic focus. We have reached a number of tipping points, where our future could go either way. These range from the accelerating death toll of the pandemic destabilising societies, through the imminent climate catastrophe and the collapse of biodiversity, to the financial crisis threatening an economic collapse, and the United Nations teetering between marginalisation and renewal in its 75th year. For long it has seemed that the momentum of the dominant materialistic civilisation powered by fossil fuels and focussing on return on capital for the rich while trapping many in the consumer society and leaving out half of the world population, was unstoppable.</p> <p>Suddenly, with the coronavirus pandemic, the brakes have been slammed on the economic system and its momentum is broken. The door may now be opening for a significant transformation in human society. A material lifestyle that seemed essential to many now appears superficial and meaningless, as more important human values and social relationships emerge. People that laboured invisibly in the lower reaches of our communities suddenly are appreciated for the critical services they perform. It is too early to predict how this will all play out, with possibly millions of victims as the virus spreads around the world, especially in poorer countries with inadequate health facilities. Then there will be the economic shock as the necessary shutdown of much economic activity to slow the spread of the virus threatens the most vulnerable while vastly increasing the borrowing necessary to fill the gap and meet immediate human needs regardless of the massive rise in debt levels. Even if an economic collapse can be avoided in the short term, a complete reimagining of the whole economic system may be necessary to start over on a more moderate and sustainable basis.</p> <p>Alongside this crisis, we are in the midst of accelerating climate change representing an existential threat to our future, with parts of the world risking becoming uninhabitable within decades if we do not phase out fossil fuels and reduce environmental destruction in time. This was to have been the critical year to turn the corner on global warming, and governments still must ratchet up their commitments to greenhouse gas reductions by 31 December even if COP26 has now been postponed until next year. The collapse of global biodiversity is another imminent threat to our future, which was also to be addressed this year under the Convention on Biological Diversity, but that also has been put on hold. However the problems are accelerating, even if the action to address them has been delayed. The threats they represent have not gone away, although an economic collapse might buy us some time to address the environmental challenges and find better solutions.</p> <p>What should be our priority faced with such challenges? Many of us are confined at home to prevent the spread of the virus causing Covid-19. Beyond assuring our immediate health and safety, there is a desperate need for positive ways forward. In part, these must be spiritual in nature, and the Bahá'ís with their core activities for community building, and others of good will, are helping people to rise to their higher human purpose. More generally, many around the world are questioning the basic assumptions underlying our materialistic economy and consumer society, and asking fundamental questions about what is really important in life. They are finding that much of what they considered necessities were not after all. At a time when they are cut off from normal human interactions they are discovering how important human contact and social relationships really are. A door is now opening for rapid and constructive change, the paradigm shift called for in the 2030 Agenda, a fundamental transformation in human society and the economy towards justice and sustainability.</p> <p>At the same time, powerful forces are organising to hold on to their power and wealth, and to block any change in the status quo. Autocrats are seizing more power. The corrupt are spreading their corruption. Giant corporations are begging for massive government handouts to prevent them from going bankrupt so that they can return rapidly to business as usual. In this unprecedented situation, when the spread of the virus around the world is far from under control and could easily rebound, as the Spanish flu did in 1918, it is hard to predict the immediate future, but still necessary to plan for our emergence from the immediate health crisis. How do we resist the negative forces, and work for more cooperation, justice and a new more sustainable green and circular economy? What can we already do in our virtual interactions with family, friends, neighbours and the wider community to help them to see a higher human purpose, a more united and resilient community, and the more equitable world that lies ahead? How do we question the lifestyles that we took for granted, and determine to make lasting changes as we emerge from the immediate crisis? Can we already work on positive solutions at whatever level we have access to, from the local to the global?</p> <p>Those who are reading this are probably already at the cutting edge of new thinking about a more sustainable future. We do not have all the answers, but we have through our values a direction of travel and a willingness to learn. If we share openly, listen to each other in all our diversity, explore contributions from whatever source, act on the best ideas and reflect together on the results, we can move forward. In these dark times, we all need to rise to the occasion and to face the future positively and creatively.</p> <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;" /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="66" src="/gr/IEFlogo5.gif" width="142" /></p> <p><small>Last updated 10 April 2020</small></p> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-blog-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> Sat, 11 Apr 2020 11:09:08 +0000 Arthur Dahl 1053 at http://iefworld.org http://iefworld.org/node/1053#comments