The International Environment Forum, as a Bahá'í-inspired professional organization for environment and sustainability, shares and upholds the principles and ideals of the Bahá'í Faith and supports its efforts to establish and promote peace, the unity of the human race, and an ever-advancing world civilization that preserves the ecological balance of the planet.
Interfaith Statement Pre-COP28
Global Faith Leaders Summit
Abu Dhabi, November 2023
IEF submission to the Summit of the Future
25 December 2023
In preparation for the UN Summit of the Future to consider UN reform in September 2024, the organisers invited civil society organisations to make verbal and written submissions on what they would like to see in the outcome document. The IEF made both a short verbal contribution on 13 December, and submitted the written proposals below in the format requested.
Climate Change Conference events
Summarised from a report by Monica Maghami
Based on her virtual participation
30 November – 12 December 2023
Monica Maghami offered to follow COP28 at a distance and report what she learned to the Bahá’í International Community and the International Environment Forum. The following captures the highlights of her report.
COP28 highlights the need for fundamental
transformations in climate governance
Convenor of the Climate Governance Commission
15 December 2023
We Must Face the Risks to the World’s Future – Now
Arthur Lyon Dahl and Augusto Lopez-Claros
Baha'iTeachings.org - 7 December 2023
and in Spanish
Faith for Climate: A Call to Action
Inspired by the Interfaith Statement signed by Pope Francis,
Ahmed El-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al Azhar,
and around 30 religious leaders
and representatives from a range of traditions, launched on December 3,
the Faith Pavilion at COP28 puts forth this Call to Action.
Mobilizing an Earth Governance Alliance
Strengthening global governance
to protect the environment
Richard St.Barbe Baker was a unique figure promoting environmental protection and forest restoration from the 1920s in Africa, North America, Palestine, Australasia and around the world. IEF has restored the content of a website about this remarkable man and his impact. Life story of Richard St. Barbe Baker (1889-1983), "Man of the Trees", forester, early environmentalist and Bahá'í. We all can learn from his example.
Ocean Governance: management of marine resources,
food security and sustainable development
Paris, 16-17 November 2023