United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio 2012)

Submitted by Arthur Dahl on 11. March 2011 - 16:13
United Nations

PROBABLE CHANGE OF DATES: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 20-22 June 2012

The United Nations General Assembly decided in December 2009 to hold the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) in 2012 - also referred to as 'Rio+20', although it could be Stockholm+40.

The Conference will aim at securing renewed political commitment to sustainable development, assessing the progress and implementation gaps in meeting already agreed commitments, and addressing new and emerging challenges.

The Brazilian government and the UN have just announced (4 November) a probable change of dates for the conference to 20-22 June 2011, with the 3rd PrepCom on 13-15 June. This will be confirmed at the end of November.

Download Conference Brochure (pdf 1mb)

Human Rights Council and Climate Change

Submitted by Arthur Dahl on 2. March 2011 - 14:19

Call for Human Rights Council action on Climate Change

On 28 February 2011, non-governmental organizations concerned with climate change and its effects on human rights delivered a letter to Ministers attending the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva, asking them to call for a Special Procedure on climate change and human rights. The International Environment Forum was one of the signatories, following on from our work on this issue at the Human Rights Council Social Forum last September.

IEF member wins Changemaker competition

Submitted by Arthur Dahl on 14. February 2011 - 11:52

IEF member Dr. Austin Bowden-Kerby from Fiji is one of the 3 winners in the Changemaker competition co-sponsored by the National Geographic Society. Austin has worked for many years in the Pacific Islands to help local communities, particularly village women, restore damaged coral reefs by selecting resistant corals and replanting them on the reef. He is now extending the project to the Caribbean. The Changemaker web site showing the project with the winner's cup is at http://www.changemakers.com/node/93448.

USA National Preach-In on Global Warming

Submitted by Arthur Dahl on 17. January 2011 - 12:13

In the United States, Interfaith Power and Light is organizing a national Preach-In on Global Warming on 11-13 February 2011. Materials from various faith groups, including the American Baha'i community, are available for download from the IPL web site at http://interfaithpowerandlight.org/2010/10/national-preach-in-on-global-warming-2011/. These include Baha'i materials introducing the topic, for devotionals, youth and children.

Request for inputs: International Environmental Governance

Submitted by Arthur Dahl on 5. January 2011 - 16:38

In preparation for the 26th Governing Council of the UN Environment Programme (to be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 21-25 February 2011), the recently created civil society Advisory Group on International Environmental Governance is working on a background document to be presented to governments. The document will seek to address five key questions:
1. Why should international environmental governance reform be of interest to developing countries? What are the relevant outcomes?

2010 Orlando Conference

Submitted by Arthur Dahl on 4. January 2011 - 7:00

IEF Board member Peter Adriance was a keynote speaker at the 2010 Bahá'í Conference on Social and Economic Development in Orlando, Florida on 17-19 December 2010. The conference theme was "Deeds, Not Words: Uniting the Spiritual and the Practical", and Peter's talk was on "Faithful Environmental Stewardship: the role of religion in addressing the environmental crisis".

WELCOME to the new IEF web site

Submitted by admin on 28. November 2010 - 23:00

The International Environment Forum web site has just migrated to a new content management system (Drupal) on a new server. We can now offer many more interactive features to our members. We have not yet created user profiles for our members, so please request one. New member applications can now also be submitted on line, and regular users of the site can register. We shall be adding more features as time allows.

Advisory Group on International Environmental Governance

Submitted by admin on 26. November 2010 - 0:20

The United Nations Environment Programme has announced the creation of a Major Groups and Stakeholders Advisory Group on International Environmental Governance that includes International Environment Forum President Dr. Arthur Dahl.

UN Human Rights Council, Social Forum

Submitted by admin on 25. November 2010 - 21:10
2010 October 4-6
Geneva, Switzerland


The IEF participated in the 2010 Social Forum of the UN Human Rights Council on the subject of climate change and human rights. The Social Forum is organized each year to facilitate a dialogue with civil society on an important issue for human rights.

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