26th IEF International Conference

Submitted by admin on 3. May 2022 - 18:31
Dates
2022 June 1-5
Place
Stockholm, Sweden and virtual

IEF 26th Annual Conference

26th CONFERENCE OF THE
INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT FORUM

In association with the Stockholm+50 International Meeting
1-5 June 2022

A healthy planet for the prosperity of all - our responsibility, our opportunity

In Association with Stockholm+50

SUMMARY PROGRAM
(for detailed program and speaker information, scroll down)


The 26th Conference of the IEF will be a contribution to the Stockholm+50 International Meeting, with virtual and local events in Stockholm, Sweden, 1-5 June 2022 in collaboration with the Wilmette Institute, the Baha'i International Community, the Swedish Interfaith Council, the Baha'i Community of Sweden, ebbf - Ethical Business Building the Future, and other partners.


Global Environmental Governance: Ethical Foundations & Practical Proposals
Wednesday 1 June at 09:30-11:00 CEST
in person event at the Swedish Parliament
Baha'i International Community associated event with the International Environment Forum as one partner

Humanity's shared destiny as a species is coming into ever greater focus through compounding crises and tremendous societal advances, yet our current institutional structures are struggling to meet the demands of this moment. This dialogue will, in honor of the Stockholm+50 conference, explore both the ethical foundations and practical proposals necessary for our governing systems to ensure a flourishing relationship between humanity and the natural world.


Interfaith Prayers for the success of Stockholm+50
Wednesday 1 June at 16:30-17:30pm, outdoor event at Mynttorget close to the parliament building in Stockholm.
Visit the Facebook Event page of this Stockholm+50 associated event.
Organized by the Swedish Interfaith Council, the Baha'is of Sweden and others, with IEF collaboration.


Global Systems Accounting Beyond Economics
Friday 3 June, 19:00-20:00 CEST (1pm EDT), virtual IEF event
Click here to register.

The panelists will present a new approach to non-financial global systems accounting covering the environment (carbon, biodiversity, pollution), human well-being (minimum living standard, food, health) and social accounting (work and service, knowledge and education, and spiritual capital)

Panelists:

- Arthur Dahl (Switzerland)
- Rebecca Teclemariam Mesbah (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
- Sara DeHoff (USA)
- Nan Chen (Germany)

Moderator: Laurent Mesbah (Bosnia-Herzegovina)


Empowering Local Sustainable Communities
Saturday 4 June, 19:00-20:00 CEST (1pm EDT), virtual IEF event
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The panelists will discuss how local sustainable communities can be empowered with a culture of learning, adapting science for everyone, reading the local reality, and consulting to achieve resilience, regeneration, climate mitigation and adaptation, with panelists presenting case studies from around the world.

Panelists:

- Kim Naqvi (Canada) Teaching the Cultural and Political Dimensions of Sustainable Consumption
- Willy Missack (Vanuatu)
- Neil Whatley (Canada) Empowering Farmers Leads to Sustainable Agriculture
- Judith Bakirya (Uganda) Agroecology enterprises are key catalysts to empowering local sustainable communities in Africa

Moderator: Wandra Harmsen (USA)


Intergenerational Perspectives on Visions for the Future
Sunday 5 June at 14:00-15:30 CEST (8am EDT), virtual IEF event
Click here to register for this event.

This event will bring together a participant from the original 1972 Conference reflecting on his aspirations at that time and what we have learned since, alongside youth expressing their hopes and vision for the future and articulating their ongoing efforts to lay a foundation for that future locally and globally.

Panelists:

- Arthur Dahl (Switzerland)
- Desta Mesbah (Bosnia/The Netherlands)
- Kiara Ehsani (Kenya/Israel)
- Matteen Kashef (USA)
- Sayali Dubash (India)
- Elsa Deshmuk (Puerto Rico)

Moderators:

- Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen (The Netherlands)
- Cedric Åkermark (Sweden)


DETAILED PROGRAM

Global Systems Accounting beyond Economics, pictures of speakers

Global Systems Accounting Beyond Economics

June 3, 2022, 19:00-20:00 CEST (1 pm EDT)
 

The panelists will present a new approach to non-financial global systems accounting covering the environment (carbon, biodiversity, pollution), human well-being (minimum living standard, food, health) and social accounting (work and service, knowledge and education, and spiritual capital)

Click here to register for this event.

Panelists:

Arthur Dahl

Dr. Arthur Dahl is a coral reef biologist and systems scientist with over 50 years' international experience since the 1972 Stockholm Conference, including as the Regional Ecological Adviser to all the Pacific Island countries, a Deputy Assistant Executive Director of UNEP and Coordinator of the UN System-wide Earthwatch, and now working on UN system reform. He coordinated UN and scientific community efforts to develop indicators of sustainable development and global observing systems after serving in the secretariat for the 1992 Earth Summit. He recently initiated the Global Systems Accounting project after reflecting on the failure of global environmental action often blocked by the narrow short-term economic view of development represented by GDP.

Rebecca Teclemariam Mesbah

Rebecca’s passion is to explore how spirituality, scientific knowledge and creativity can combine to help develop and experience building sustainable and plentiful human societies. With roots in Africa and Europe, she says she is committed to fostering communication with a diversity of voices vital to this process. Dr. Mesbah is a neuroscientist, educator, social scientist and artist with extensive experience in scientific research and teaching art and sciences to all ages from toddlers to adults. She was born in Ethiopia where she spent her childhood years and later lived in Kenya, France, the Netherlands and now Bosnia-Herzegovina where, with her husband, they raised their two children who are now adults.

Sara DeHoff

Sara DeHoff is a writer and author of Collaboration through Consultation. Drawing on 30 years of working in groups of various kinds, Sara writes about community building, working together and developing a learning mindset. She earned an M.Ed from Harvard and has lived, worked and studied in China, Japan, Taiwan and the Czech Republic.

Nan Chen

Nan Chen is a world citizen and impact innovator born and raised in Shanghai, China, and living in Germany since 2016. She has years of cross-continental working experience for sustainable value creation in technology business strategy consulting and implementation for global mobility, energy management and information technology firms. She is now using agile principles to solve problems in her professional field, leading interdisciplinary digital industry projects as well as product creation. In addition, she is enthusiastic about various social actions and systematic community building activities which generate long term society-building power via universal education.

Moderator:

Laurent Mesbah

Laurent Mesbah was born and grew up in France in a multicultural background. He conducted research and has taught plant genetics at the free university in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where he completed his PhD. In addition Dr. Mesbah completed a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Environmental Diplomacy at the University of Geneva and is a member of the International Environment Forum since its foundation in 1997, where he has been serving on the governing board since 2017. Laurent has been long involved in education and youth empowerment as well as in managing, implementing and evaluating projects related to sustainable development with international organizations. Laurent develops and leads school and community educational gardens and environments. In addition he teaches Environmental Sciences, Value-based Leadership, Botany, Plant Physiology, Climate Change, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services at the university level.


 

Pictures of speakers for panel on Empowering Local Sustainable Communities

Empowering local sustainable communities

June 4, 2022, 19:00-20:00 CEST (1pm EDT)
 

The panelists will discuss how local sustainable communities can be empowered with a culture of learning, adapting science for everyone, reading the local reality, and consulting to achieve resilience, regeneration, climate mitigation and adaptation, with panelists presenting case studies from around the world.

Click here to register for this event.

Panelists:

Judith Bakirya: Agroecology enterprises are key catalysts to empowering local sustainable communities in Africa

Agroecology Entrepreneurs (AgroEcopreneurs) are progressively taking the role of catalysts to support smallholder farmers access appropriate finance, knowledge, diverse markets and influence policy. But AgroEcopreneurs work most times in isolation, and yet they require to partner among themselves and service providers such as banks, incubators, NGOs and policy makers.
Women make over 72% of the smallholder community work in agriculture and agribusinesses. Smallholder farmers have limited capacity to access appropriate finance, knowledge, diverse markets and make or influence policy. Judith Bakirya will explain how Bufruit is taking the role of a catalyst to support farmers build on their traditional and Indigenous systems on utilization of local herbs and how they can be used for human wellbeing, for crop health and livestock prosperity.

Bakirya Judith is the managing director of Busaino Fruits and Herbs (BUFRUIT). BUFRUIT is an Agoecological enterprise, using permaculture principles, building on indigenous practices of working with the ‘village and farming as ‘forest’. Sitting on 1064 acres of land in Eastern Uganda, the farm strikes a balance between farming, nature, community, culture, education and tourism. Judith and the farm have won several awards among them the BBC World Service 2019 award as one of the “100” most influential women globally doing environmentally and climate friendly farming. She holds a Master’s degree in health and development from Birmingham University UK.

Kimberley Naqvi: Teaching the Cultural and Political Dimensions of Sustainable Consumption

This presentation explores the process of teaching the social context of consumption to third year undergraduate students, broadening their understanding beyond environmental management and technical change. Consumption is recognised as a key driver of unsustainable social and natural environment conditions. Sustainable consumption and production was formally defined by UN agencies in 1994 and its implementation fostered by the Rio+10 and Rio+20 conferences, and the 2016 Sustainable Development Goals. Students of sustainable development, however, are generally surprised to learn that addressing consumption extends far beyond familiar concepts of environmental management, and economic inequality. While policy and academic literature usually recognises consumption as a profound personal and cultural practice, with diverse dimensions, and embedded in identity and community, such understandings are not easily incorporated into analysis and action. Dominant discourses focus on ecological processes and intervention in value chains and habitual behaviours – in brief, on the technical and managerial. While the limits of this approach can be iterated, common alternatives like degrowth can seem too radical for application. A pedagogical solution has been to explore case studies which examine social and cultural change at the scale of communities, households and “living labs.” Such case studies illustrate both the limitations of technocratic approaches which depoliticise social and cultural change and the potential of seemingly small scale actions which change social relationships and material practices. 

Kimberley Naqvi (BSc Biology; MA, PhD Geography) is a development and economic geographer whose work focusses on the cultural foundations of economic practice. She teaches human geography at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC, Canada.

Willy Missack

Willy Missack is a National Project Coordinator of the Ecosystem Restoration and Sustainable Land Management in Tongoa Island in Vanuatu; He is Advisor to the Vanuatu Climate Action Network secretariat working with community based organisations (CBO) and Vanuatu's Negotiator on Loss and Damage. Willy was presented with a Queen’s Young Leaders Award in 2015 for his work to create a sustainable water supply in his community. His project expanded across the island and empowered young people to focus on water projects and to contribute to sustainability.

Neil Whatley:  Empowering Farmers Leads to Sustainable Agriculture

Advisors of conventional agriculture, a farming system based on intensive use of synthetic agrochemicals, mainly use a top-down extension approach when administering advice to farmers. While some situations require a straightforward unequivocal answer to a direct question, constant application of this communication approach is laden with power, control and injustice. Conventional agriculture is associated with the mechanistic scientific knowledge system evolving since the beginning of the industrial era in Western Europe. This power system negatively affects the self-esteem of individual farmers, weakens rural community structures and ultimately causes adverse consequences to the natural environment. However, recently developed empowerment-based learning methodologies help mitigate power. This new educational perspective supports collaborative grassroots learning that strengthens farmers’ awareness of their own capabilities leading to more just rural social and economic development that in turn gives rise to improved cultural and ecological conditions. 

Raised on a farm in Saskatchewan, Neil has ten years of experience working with his parents on the family farm and thirty years of experience working with farmers in crop-based agronomy, applied research and rural community development. Neil has a Bachelor’s degree in crop science and a Master’s in rural social studies. Neil has managed the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers’ farmer participatory applied research program, served as a crop advisor for the Government of Alberta and spent several years facilitating rural development in Latin America. Neil is currently a crop consultant, a faculty member with the web-based Wilmette learning institute and serves on the steering committee for the Rockefeller Foundation funded Canadian Prairie Food System Vision project.

Moderator:

Wandra Harmsen

Wandra grew up in New England with deep roots in the Cape Verdean community of Southeastern Massachusetts. A retired educator, her interests include the study of the coastal environment of Cape Cod and Buzzards Bay as well as the human impact on the natural environment. Wandra is also a founding member of the Bourne – Wareham Race Amity Group and works in both Portugal and New England on issues of equity, diversity and access.
 


 

Intergenerational Perspectives on Visions for the Future, June 5, 14:00 CEST

Intergenerational Perspectives on Visions for the Future

June 5, 2022, 14:00-15:00 CEST (8am EDT)

This panel brings together a participant from the original 1972 Conference reflecting on his aspirations at that time and what we have learned since, alongside youth expressing their hopes and vision for the future and articulating their ongoing efforts to lay a foundation for that future locally and globally.

Click here to register for this event.

Panelists:

Arthur Dahl: From Stockholm 1972 to 50 years later

As a young environmental activist and researcher at the 1972 Stockholm Conference, Arthur Dahl set off on a life of service through an international career working from the village to the intergovernmental levels, building the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, as a senior UNEP official, helping to write Agenda 21 and developing indicators of sustainable development, coordinating the UN System-wide Earthwatch, and now trying to improve international governance. There are lessons that may inspire the youth of today to have the courage of their convictions to work for the better world that is possible. Arthur Dahl is president of the International Environment Forum, who represented the Bahá'í International Community at the UN Conference on the Human Environment in 1972. After many years in the Pacific Islands and with UNEP in Kenya, he is now living in Geneva, Switzerland.

Desta Mesbah

Desta Mesbah, at 19 years old, is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Global Sustainability Science at Utrecht University. Desta grew up in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina and was fortunate enough to have teachers at school who utilized the surrounding natural area as a learning environment. This experience made a great impact on Desta’s perspective on nature.

Kiara Ehsani

When growing up in Kenya, Kiara Ehsani was able to witness so much beautiful and wild nature such as the thick diverse forests, free open grasslands, mountainous regions, long stretching beaches and colorful coral reefs. However, Kiara noticed a subtle but plausible transformation occurring gradually as she grew up with more and more garbage “popping up” everywhere. Kiara Ehsani is now 19 and about to start university in Canada to study natural resource conservation. For the last year she has been volunteering at the Baha’i World Centre which has helped her gain much insight into how to better serve humanity for the rest of her life - specifically through environmental work.

Matteen Kashef

Matteen Kashef is entering dental school at University of Florida, in Gainesville, Florida. He has recently completed his bachelor's degree in Nutritional Sciences, with a minor in Health Disparities in Society. As he moves forward further into the healthcare setting, he has become more cognizant of the waste that is accumulated. Why is it that there is so much dental waste? What are some ways to reorient our mindset and be more environmentally conscious? And further, what can inspire this new approach to reducing waste and being more sensible for our next generation of healthcare professionals?

Sayali Dubash

Sayali Dubash is a Program and Curriculum Development Coordinator at the Baha'i Academy in Panchgani, India, working in the field of value education and research. Her main tasks include handling different aspects of the Academy's work. This includes curriculum design and development and content creation. She conducts workshops and online courses for P.G and U.G students as they create educational materials. She is also involved in value education research. Sayali would like to encourage others to be the change and take initiatives for personal and social transformation.

Elsa Deshmuk

Elsa Deshmuk is a high school student in Puerto Rico, having moved there in 2017 a few days before Hurricane Maria hit. She has experienced first-hand the resilience of the people and the spirit of community that arose from the challenges related to the storm. Prior to that she lived in China, which helped her to expand her perspective and be less influenced by nationalistic prejudices. As a result of these experiences, she sees the beauty in all cultures. 

Moderators:

Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen

Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen is an Associate Professor with the Public Administration and Policy Group of Wageningen University. She strives to give students opportunities to understand the actors, mechanisms and processes of global governance for the environment and to reflect on what role they could have in such processes. She grew up loving nature and studied biology first and then later moved her focus to trying to understand humanity. She struggles to create a more harmonious relationship with nature than what has been shown in the past century in many parts of the world. Since 2016 she has served with an international panel of experts (IPBES) which attempts to develop positive visions of the human/nature relationship and how it can develop those visions and bring them to fruition. She loves being in nature, especially the vast pine forest of Northern Europe, and growing vegetables and berries in her garden.

Cedric Åkermark

Cedric Åkermark, who is 24, majored in biology at Stockholm University, which earned him a Bachelor of Science degree. He plans to enter the Masters' program in Ecology. Growing up in Sweden he has always loved everything that had to do with nature and the creatures that existed in it. He witnessed the forest where he lived cut down for the production of forestry products. That made him reflect on how society needs to find a balance between getting utility from nature and preserving it for the future, and live more in harmony with nature.

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