About IEF

ABOUT THE
INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT FORUM

Information about the IEF, its organization and activities

The IEF is a Baha'i-inspired professional organization for environment and sustainability

Short description of IEF


ANNUAL CONFERENCES

One of the major activities of the IEF is its annual conferences, which are often held in partnership with other organizations and events, and frequently rotate between continents to give more members a chance to participate. For members who cannot attend, some form of e-conference is organized over the Internet so that everyone can contribute.

Next Conference

2017 to be determined

Reports of Past Conferences

Santa Cruz, Bolivia, 7-9 October 2016

UNESCO, Paris, France, 10-11 March 2015

Toronto, Canada, 7-10 August 2014

Barcelona, Spain, 3-6 October 2013

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 13-22 June 2012

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 10-11 December 2011

Brighton, United Kingdom, 15-18 December 2010

Washington, D.C., USA, 13-16 August 2009

dePoort, The Netherlands, 18-21 September 2008

Ottawa, Canada, 12-14 October 2007

Oxford, England, 15-17 September 2006

Orlando, Florida, USA, 14-15 December 2005

Thessaloniki, Greece, 15-17 October 2004

Orlando, Florida, USA, 17-21 December 2003

Johannesburg, South Africa, 27 August-3 September 2002

Czech Republic, 19-21 October 2001

USA, 12-14 December 2000

 England, 15-18 August 1999

 Netherlands, November 1998

 Netherlands, October 1997

Reports of other IEF-organized meetings

IEF Seminar, Orlando, Florida, December 2004

Association for Baha'i Studies (North America) - 2004 Conference Workshop

IEF Seminar, Orlando, Florida, 12 December 2001

Environmental Interest Group Networking Session
at the Baha'i Conference on Social and Economic Development for the Americas
Orlando, Florida - December 1999


OUTREACH AND PARTNERSHIPS

see the Activities page for details

PARTICIPATION IN UN EVENTS

COLLABORATION WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

EVENTS

Activities on environment and sustainable development in which members may wish to participate


LEAVES, The Newsletter of IEF


 

MEMBERSHIP

Anyone sympathetic to the Bahá'í teachings relevant to the environment and sustainable development may apply for membership in the IEF. See the requirements for membership on the membership page.

Application for Membership

Membership Statistics

Directory of Members


ORGANIZATION OF IEF

While the IEF is a "virtual" organization without legal status, it does operate according to statutes that define its purpose and organization. A Governing Board elected at an Annual General Assembly guides the IEF, decides on membership, and organizes its activities.

 

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The annual General Assembly, held during the annual Conference, is the opportunity for the membership to elect the Governing Board of the IEF, review the activities of the past year as described in the Annual Report, consult on future activities and make recommendations to the Governing Board. Members can participate in person or over e-mail.


GOVERNING BOARD

The Governing Board is elected each year by the world-wide membership during the General Assembly

Arthur Dahl (Switzerland) - President

Emily Firth (Australia) - General Secretary

Ian Hamilton (USA)

Duncan Hanks (Canada)

Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen (Netherlands)

Victoria Thoresen (Norway)

Wendi Momen (United Kingdom)

 


While the IEF is open to members of all faiths and no faith, it is inspired by the principles and values of the Bahá'í Faith, and works to apply these principles to the practical problems of sustainable development and the environment facing the world today.


Last updated 2 December 2016