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Ambassador Manjeev Singh Puri (India) addresses poverty eradication in the Post-2015 development framework.
New York—21 November 2012The fourth in an ongoing series of informal breakfast dialogues, organized by the Baha'i International Community and the International Movement ATD Fourth World, focused on poverty. Opening remarks were given by H.E. Mr.  Manjeev Singh Puri, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of India to the UN, and Danny Burns from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. Among other things, participants focused on the need for a development agenda that addresses the complexities inherent in the experiences of those living in poverty, that... Read more . . .

Informal discussion with Columbia University graduate students discuss the Post-2015 development agenda.
New York—9 November 2012The Baha'i International Community hosted a discussion with an interdisciplinary group of graduate students from Columbia University to invite their perspectives on the vision and values that should inform the emerging post-2015 development agenda. Opening remarks were given by Mr. Ravi Karkara, Expert Advisor on Children and Youth, UN Human Settlements Programme, and Mr. Waruna Sri Dhanapala, Minister Counselor, Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations. A working document, produced by the Baha'i International Community,‘Accelerating Progress, Expanding Horizons: Reflections on... Read more . . .

 

Trailer: The Bahá’ís of Semnan: a Case Study in Religious Hatred. Report from the Baha'i International Community.
New York—29 October 2012A new report from the Baha'i International Community, “The Bahá’ís of Semnan: a Case Study in Religious Hatred,”  [view trailer] documents the dramatic surge in attacks on the small Baha'i community in the Iranian city of Semnan. Representing a microcosm of the rest of the country, Baha’is suffer arbitrary arrests, long imprisonments, arson, vandalism, restrictions on businesses, discrimination in higher education, assaults on schoolchildren, and hate... Read more . . .

Third informal breakfast dialogue on the follow up to Rio+20 and the Post-2015 development agenda.
New York—20 October 2012The third, in an ongoing series of informal breakfast dialogues organized by the Baha'i International Community and the International Movement ATD Fourth World, focused on inequalities. Opening remarks were given by  Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, Assistant Secretary-General, Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning; Mr. John Hendra, Assistant Secretary-General, UN Women; and H.E. Mr. George Wilfred Talbot, Ambassador Extraordinary and ... Read more . . .

Ahmed Shaheed (left), the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right). UN Photos/Jean-Marc Ferre and Marco Castro.
United Nations—15 October 2012Two new high-level reports issued here last week expressed concern over continuing human rights violations in Iran, highlighting intensifying attacks on journalists and human rights defenders and continuing discrimination against women, girls, and minorities, including members of the Baha'i Faith. In his annual report on Iran to the UN General Assembly, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed "grave concern" over reports of torture, amputations, unfair trials, overuse of the death penalty, and the persecution of minorities,  including Baha'is. Ahmed Shaheed, the special rapporteur on... Read more . . .

Post 2015 Conference Sign

Photo: Tristan Brand
Montreal—5 October 2012In the context of the broader Post-2015 processes, the Baha'i International Community brought together representatives of UN and civil society organizations to explore themes such as the vision of human prosperity, systems of community empowerment, processes of education, and the structure of global institutions. Participants from UNICEF, INTRAC, International Movement ATD Fourth World, CAFOD, CIVICUS, the Asian Development Bank,   Stakeholder Forum and other organizations considered ways in which moral and ethical considerations could be articulated in the Post-2015 development agenda (... Read more . . .

Attendees, UN Expert Group Meeting on "Promoting Empowerment of People in Achieving Poverty Eradication, Social Integration and Full Employment and Decent Work for All"
New York—4 October 2012At a recent UN Expert Group Meeting for the Commission for Social Development, Mr. Ming Hwee Chong, Representative of the Baha'i International Community, participated and presented a paper on behalf of the NGO Committee for Social Development. The Meeting was held in preparation for the upcoming 51st session of the Commission and it took place 10-12... Read more . . .

Post-2015 Development Agenda

New York—2 October 2012The Baha'i International Community and the International Movement ATD Fourth World organized informal breakfast dialogues with the wider UN community to engage across various sectors on issues related to Rio+20 and the Post-2015 development agenda. By bringing together a diverse group comprising of member states, civil society and UN agencies, the two organizations hope to create a space to identify and explore issues of common understanding and concern. The first breakfast dialogue (26 July... Read more . . .

Panelists (left to right) Pamela Falk, CBS News foreign affairs analyst; Bani Dugal, Principal Representative of the Baha’i International Community to the UN; William Vendley, Secretary General of Religions for Peace.
Subject: Human Rights
New York—2 October 2012Ms. Bani Dugal, the Principal Representative of the Baha'i International Community, was invited to speak on a panel on religious tolerance (view video), during the Ministerial Segment of the UN General Assembly. The panel was part of a broader initiative to promote religious tolerance, sponsored by Italy and Jordan and held on 27 September 2012. Ms. Dugal’s remarks focused on current and future challenges regarding freedom of religion or belief. The panel discussions highlighted, among other things, the centrality of the freedom of... Read more . . .

Pictured, from left: pianist Pegah Yazdani; judo champion Khashayar Zarei; and chess player Pedram Atoufi.
New York—6 September 2012 In practically any other country of the world, a teenage chess champion, a national judo standout and a talented pianist would be valued as contributors to their society. In the example of three young Iranians, however, being members of the Baha'i Faith has meant a ban on competing and performing at the highest levels. Judoist Khashayar Zarei, chess player Pedram Atoufi, and pianist Pegah Yazdani are all victims of Iran's systematic policy – spelled out in a government-backed 1991 memorandum – to "block" the progress and development of Baha'is and "deny them any position of influence."... Read more . . .

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