Consensus reached at UN on new sustainable development agenda

Submitted by admin on 9. August 2015 - 23:55

Consensus reached on new sustainable development agenda

The 193 Member States of the United Nations reached agreement on 2 August on the outcome document that will constitute the new sustainable development agenda that will be adopted this September by world leaders at the Sustainable Development Summit in New York.

Global Ethics Forum 2015

Submitted by Arthur Dahl on 10. July 2015 - 17:09

Global Ethics Forum 2015

Geneva, Switzerland
25-27 June 2015

poster sponsors The Global Ethics Forum 2015 was held at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland, on 25-27 June. The 150 participants came from all over the world to discuss "Responsible Leadership in Action: The Value of Values". In addition to plenaries and panels, there were 12 workgroups that met three times to discuss tools and prepare projects to implement them. The International Environment Forum has been an Associated Partner to and the Global Ethics Forum for several years, and it was one of five such partners (out of 200) to have its logo featured in the conference brochure. ebbf - Ethical Business Building the Future is also an associated partner. IEF was represented this year by Arthur Dahl and Joachim Monkelbaan, and ebbf by Nauman Hussain and Caroline Zagrecki Sawicki.


Summary and Commentary on Laudato Si': the Pope's encyclical on the environment and poverty

Submitted by Arthur Dahl on 28. June 2015 - 0:06

Arthur Dahl's Blog at International Environment Forum

Summary and Commentary on Laudato Si':
the Pope's encyclical on the environment and poverty

Arthur Lyon Dahl
International Environment Forum
Geneva, Switzerland

World Happiness Report 2015

Submitted by admin on 25. April 2015 - 21:25

World Happiness Report 2015

The World Happiness Report 2015, released on 23 April 2015, looks at the changes in happiness levels in 158 countries, and examines the reasons behind the statistics. The WHR demonstrates that well-being and happiness are critical indicators of a nation’s economic and social development, and should be a key aim of policy.

IEF comments on Indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals

Submitted by Arthur Dahl on 25. April 2015 - 19:26

IEF comments on the UN Statistical Commission report

The UN Major Groups Programme Coordinator in the Division for Sustainable Development requested stakeholder feedback regarding the UN Statistical Commission's technical report on indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals, which are to be adopted in September. The IEF submitted the following comments on the technical report in the limited space provided.

Scientific review of Sustainable Development Goals and Targets

Submitted by admin on 15. February 2015 - 0:21

ICSU and ISSC release “Review of Targets for the Sustainable Development Goals: The Science Perspective”

The International Council for Science, in partnership with the International Social Science Council, have released a report which provides an independent review of the 169 targets under the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are set to be approved at the General Assembly of the UN in September 2015.

Webinar on Hanley's Eleven

Submitted by admin on 13. February 2015 - 23:18

Presentation: “Seeding a New Culture”

By author and sustainability expert, Paul Hanley

On Sunday, 1 February 2015, Paul Hanley, author of the insightful new book, Eleven, presented a webinar lecture in Washington, D.C., USA, hosted by the U.S. Bahá’í Office of Public Affairs. Drawing on the material in his book, Mr. Hanley discussed how humanity and the world will adjust to support 11 billion people by the end of this century and how we can and are beginning to cure the social and environmental ills currently plaguing humanity and nature. As part of his talk, Mr. Hanley emphasized a solution rooted in local education and capacity-building processes practiced in the Bahá’í community. A recording of the talk with slides was available, but has unfortunately been lost. More than 100 individuals took part in the event and feedback was very positive.

Sponsoring Organization: U.S. Baha’i Office of Public Affairs,



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