Social and Sustainable Development
The Baha'i International Community views the purpose of development as contributing to the foundation of a new social and international order in which all peoples can advance morally, culturally, and intellectually. This kind of development involves profound changes in our values and behaviors as well as the deliberate and systematic re-creation of social structures. Throughout its 60 years at the United Nations, our Office has participated in conferences, debates, and consultations regarding social and sustainable development – often focusing on the implementation of ethical and moral considerations in development initiatives and their assessment. Today, our Representatives bring the experience of over 180 national affiliates to bear on questions of sustainable development, racism and racial discrimination, indigenous issues, freedom of religion, the eradication of poverty, governance, collective security, and UN reform.
BIC Attends 46th Commission on Population and Development:
3 May 2013 (New York):
As part of its ongoing involvement at the United Nations, the Baha'i International Community's United Nations Office participated in this year's Commission on Population and Development. The 46th such Commission, held from 22-26 April, focused on "New trends in migration: demographic aspects."Read more...
BIC Presents Concepts from Synthesis Report in Copenhagen at Leadership Meeting on Inequalities:
25 April 2013 (Copenhagen):
In February, UN Women and UNICEF, supported by the governments of Denmark and Ghana, convened a Leadership Meeting in Copenhagen on Addressing Inequalities in the Post-2015 Development Agenda as a culmination of theRead more...
Breakfast dialogue addresses gender equality as an essential element of sustainable development :
23 April 2013 (New York):
The ninth of an ongoing series of informal breakfast dialogues co-convened by the Baha'i International Community, International Movement ATD Fourth World and Women's Environment and Development Organization focused on the importance of addressing gender equality in a sustainable developmentRead more...
Representative Attends Global Consultation on Governance:
25 March 2013 (Johannesburg, South Africa):
From 28 February - 1 March, the United Nations convened a global consultation on "Governance and the post-2015 development agenda" at the Pan-African Parliament in Midrand, South Africa. Pursuant to the Baha'i International Community’s involvement in the United Nations’ post-Read more...
BIC statement explores a new concept of empowerment:
12 March 2013 (New York):
Concepts of empowerment that pit one group against another should be discarded in favor of a new vision where social transformation is approached as a collective enterprise in which all people are able to participate.
That was among the main themes of aRead more...