Online Interfaith Course on Climate Change

Submitted by admin on 28. March 2017 - 23:30

The Wilmette Institute will again be offering an 8 week online course on Climate Change starting 15 April 2017. This is the seventh repeat of the course developed by IEF member Christine Muller (Rhode Island, USA), with Arthur Dahl (Geneva, Switzerland) and Laurent Mesbah (Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina) as supporting faculty.

Social Conditions and Economics

Submitted by Arthur Dahl on 13. March 2017 - 15:01

Social Conditions and Economics

A summary and commentary by Arthur Lyon Dahl
on the Message of 1 March 2017 from the Universal House of Justice

A significant new message from the international governing body of the Bahá’í Faith, the Universal House of Justice, dated 1 March 2017, contains many perspectives relevant to the work of the International Environment Forum. The following summary and commentary extract some points that are of general relevance, apart from sections addressed specifically to the Baha’is of the world.

Why should the UN and in particular UN Environment Engage More with Faith-based Organizations?

Submitted by Arthur Dahl on 4. February 2017 - 0:46

UN Environment publishes a Perspectives series that presents views from Major Groups and Stakeholders of Civil Society or about issues that are relevant for them. IEF President Arthur Dahl was invited to prepare a Perspective on "Why should the UN and in particular UN Environment Engage More with Faith-based Organizations?". This has now been published as No. 23 in the series and is available at or, or read the text on line. PERSPECTIVES is coordinated by UN Environment’s Major Groups and Stakeholders Branch.

From Deficit to Abundance: Seeing Capacity for Meaningful Contribution in all Populations and People

55th Session of the Commission for Social Development, United Nations, 25 January 2017

From Deficit to Abundance: Seeing Capacity for Meaningful Contribution in all Populations and People

A statement of the Bahá’í International Community to the
55th Session of the Commission for Social Development
United Nations — 25 January 2017

On-line course on Agriculture

Submitted by admin on 13. December 2016 - 12:15

Baha'i Perspectives on Agriculture and Food
Watch the Video

The Bahá'í writings describe agriculture as a "a vital and important matter" foremost among the principles for "the advancement of mankind and the reconstruction of the world", but current agricultural policy prioritizes yield and profit over health and sustainability, the poor suffer, and climate change threatens the food supply.

IEF web site has migrated

The International Environment Forum website has just migrated to the latest version of the Drupal content management system. Some things could not be migrated, such as comments, and blogs were manually transferred with new dates. Most of the site will still be familiar, and new features will be added gradually as the technology permits. We have also installed an SSL certificate for greater security, so you should update your links with https: and Please let us know if you find any problems, and thank you for your patience.

ECPD Conference on Globalization and Regionalization

Submitted by admin on 3. November 2016 - 22:37

ECPD Conference on Globalization and Regionalization

The European Center for Peace and Development of the University for Peace established by the United Nations, held its 12th ECPD International Conference at the City Hall in Belgrade, Serbia, 28-29 October 2016. IEF President Arthur Dahl has collaborated with EPCD for nine years., contributing to their annual conferences in the Western Balkans.

UNEP Executive Director speaks at Baha'i House of Worship in India

Submitted by admin on 30. September 2016 - 12:37

Erik Solheim, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Prorogramme (UNEP), spoke on "Faith and Environment" at the Baha'i House of Worship (Lotus Temple) in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday 5 October 2016, with more than hundred people attending from the diplomatic corps, representatives of civil society groups and faith-based organizations, academics, students and journalists.

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