IEF comments on post-2015 reports to UN Secretary-General

Submitted by Arthur Dahl on 13. July 2013 - 2:02

The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service facilitated a consultation up to 12 July to gather critical analysis from civil society on four post-2015 reports submitted to the Secretary-General:
1) High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (Post-2015 HLP)
2) UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
3) UN Global Compact (UNGC)
4) UN Development Group (UNDG): The Global Conversation Begins

Post-2015 contribution on Local Action

Submitted by admin on 27. May 2013 - 0:31

The continuing series of United Nations on-line consultations on the post-2015 development agenda for environmental responsibility included the theme of Local Action, Innovation and Empowerment. The IEF submitted the contribution below on "Building Community Resilience" on 26 May 2013. Parts of this text were also included in the contribution on poverty, but are relevant here as well.

Post-2015 consultation on Private Sector/Markets

Submitted by Arthur Dahl on 17. May 2013 - 22:05

The United Nations is continuing its series of public on-line consultations on themes related to the Post-2015 agenda, including one on the role of the private sector and markets in achieving sustainable development.

The IEF submitted the following contribution on this theme on 14 May 2013:

Establishing an international ethical and regulatory framework for business

A contribution from the International Environment Forum (

Another IEF contribution to UN post-2015 consultation

Submitted by admin on 7. May 2013 - 17:46

The United Nations has launched another series of on-line post-2015 consultations, including one on Education for Sustainable Development. The IEF submitted the following contribution on 7 May 2013, based largely on recent statements from the Baha'i International Community, with an additional focus on sustainability.

Contribution on EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT from the International Environment Forum

IEF contributions to UN Post 2015 thematic consultations

Submitted by Arthur Dahl on 28. April 2013 - 14:34

As part of the consultation on the Post-2015 agenda, the United Nations invited on-line comments on three themes related to Environmental Sustainability: Equality; Human Rights, Peace and Security; and Poverty. The IEF submitted comments on each of these themes, adapted from some of the statements it prepared for Rio+20. See


Equality and Youth

Repeat of Climate Change course

Submitted by admin on 31. January 2013 - 0:08

The Wilmette Institute on-line learning course on "Scientific and Spiritual Dimensions of Climate Change" which started 1 February for seven weeks is oversubscribed, with more than 50 participants. The Wilmette Institute has therefore decided to offer a repeat of the course from 5 May to 23 June 2013. The course was developed by Christine Muller and other faculty are Carole Flood, Karryn Olson-Ramanujan, and Arthur Dahl, all IEF members. It is based on the similar inter-faith course for local group use available on the IEF web site (

Submissions by IEF members to UN post2015 consultation

Submitted by admin on 29. December 2012 - 0:44

Submissions by IEF members to UN post2015 consultation
on environmental sustainability

The United Nations, as part of The World We Want 2015 process, invited contributions of 1,500 word discussion papers on what should be included in development and sustainability action after 2015. The International Environment Forum and some of its members submitted the following four papers by the 28 December 2012 deadline.

The Threat of Climate Change

Submitted by Arthur Dahl on 20. November 2012 - 21:16

The Threat of Climate Change

New World Bank Report

The World Bank has just released a major report "Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4° Warmer World Must be Avoided", available at…. The actions pledged by governments so far to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are insufficient to keep the planet below a 2°C temperature rise in this century, making a rise of 4°C or more increasingly likely. The report summarizes the latest scientific data on the present trends and probably implications of such a rise in temperature, and the vision presented is frightening.

cherry blossoms