The Brussels Office of the Baha'i International Community operates at the European level and engages with institutions and agencies of the European Union and its member states, as well as with civil society, centers of research and academia.
The idea that humanity in general, and Europe in particular, is currently in an “age of transition” provides a framework for thinking about the complex processes at play in European society. Europe’s transition from a war-torn region to a project of peace is a testimony of humanity’s ability to transcend long-standing conflicts in pursuit of a collective good. This project of peace is gradually being consolidated. At the same time, the growing interdependence of the community of nations continues to shape Europe’s roles and responsibilities on the global stage, and exerts a profound influence on its internal dynamics.
In this age of transition, with its attendant opportunities and challenges, a number of questions arise. Among them: How can religion, as a powerful tool for human motivation, advance European integration and how can it help to meet the challenges at hand? How can migration and the movement of populations be a catalyst for the development of European communities? How can Europe’s efforts at integration be consolidated, and how can Europe learn together with others how to promote peace and security among the wider community of nations?
These are among the questions that the Baha’i International Community is eager to explore with others. The work of our Office is built on the efforts of Baha’i communities—present around the world and in every European country—to contribute to the advancement of their neighbourhoods, nations and the global community. Our Office seeks to engage with other European actors in a manner that fosters a culture of mutual learning and collaboration; and generates insights and understanding needed to meet the needs of the region and of humanity as a whole.
Rachel Bayani is Representative of the Baha'i International Community’s Regional Office in Brussels, having joined the office in 2013. Since 2004, Ms. Bayani has worked as a justice and home affairs counselor for the Permanent Representation of Luxembourg to the European Union, dealing mainly with asylum and migration issues. Prior to that, she served in Bosnia-Herzegovina with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and with the peacekeeping mission there. Ms. Bayani has also served with the EU’s police mission to Bosnia-Herzegovina and with the UN good offices mission in Cyprus, dealing with legal affairs. A citizen of Luxembourg, Ms. Bayani holds a law degree from the University of Sorbonne in Paris and a Master’s in international law from Cambridge University.
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