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.
A look at the evolving nature of "partnerships" in development:
19 November 2013 (New York):
For many years, the dominant model for development has been the donor-recipient concept, where the “haves” give to the “have-nots.” And, certainly, this was true when the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were forged some 13 years ago.
But the world has changed much since then, andRead more...
Financing the post-2015 development agenda is not just about money :
22 October 2013 (New York):
Changes to the international financial system, as much as new sources of development assistance, will be essential if the world is to meet any new post-2015 development agenda.
That was among the themes that emerged at an informal discussion yesterday among diplomats, UN staff, andRead more...
Civil society input is critical for the post-2015 agenda:
22 September 2013 (New York):
At a briefing for non-governmental organizations, UN officials leading the discussions on the creation of a post-2015 development agenda said they are eager to hear the concerns of civil society as they move forward.
“What Rio+20 taught us is that governments can’t do it alone,”Read more...
Averting climate change will need help from faith-based organizations, says UN official:
21 September 2013 (New York):
The world will need an enormous push from the private sector and civil society – including religious organizations – if humanity is to make the transition to a low carbon future and prevent the catastrophic effects of global warming, said a top UN official.
Speaking on 20 SeptemberRead more...
Breakfast dialogue focuses on linkages between climate change and the post-2015 agenda :
20 September 2013 (New York):
The thirteenth in an ongoing series of informal breakfast dialogue at the Baha’i International Community focused on the links between climate change and the post-2015 development agenda. The meeting was co-convened with International Movement ATD Fourth World, and it featured an openingRead more...