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Une société sans violence, un don à faire à nos enfants

Hossain B. Danesh, M.D., F.R.C.P. (C)* Traduction française de Danielle Finné-MacDonnell

La version originale de cet ouvrage, publié en anglais sous le titre “The Violence-Free Society: A Gift for Our Children” était le volume 6 de cette série.

Préface

Il est banal de dire que, pour survivre, la race humaine doit créer une société mondiale fondée sur la coopération universelle. Il va de soi aussi qu’une telle société, tant au cours de son évolution qu’à son apogée, ne peut tolérer la violence, encore moins s’édifier sur elle. Pourtant, au moment même ou le genre humain fait ses premiers pas vers l’unité mondiale, la violence, tant physique que mentale, devient le trait caractéristique de la société moderne. La violation des droits de l’homme, la deformation de la verité, les bouleversements dans les rapports humains, l’avilisscment de la nature humaine, la destruction pure et simple constituent le thème principal de la littérature modeme el alimentent sans cesse les média, qui en arrivent parfois à glorifier de tels comportements. La violence imprègne tout, et peu d’enfants qui naissent de nos jours pourront espérer connaître une vie où celle-ci n’existe pas.

La tentative des savants et des moralistes d’analyser ce problème et de suggérer des solutions dans le contexte culturel actuel a échoué pour deux raisons: d’abord, les causes mêmes de la violence leur ont échappé: ensuite, les changements sociaux nécessaires pour opérer une transformation sont beaucoup plus fondamentaux qu’on ne le suppose généralement. Le Dr Hossain B. Danesh, psychiatre, traite en profondeur ces deux thèmes. Il offre une explication convaincante des raisons qui poussent l’homme à avoir recours à la violence. Il cite des études anthropologiques et sociologiques montrant à quel point la violence peut faire partie de la structure sociale.

II applique les enseignements de la foi bahá’íe et ses propres perceptions à l’analyse de la violence et esquisse la structure d’une société fonctionnant comme une entité organique, en  harmonie avec la nature profonde de l’homme, et dans laquelle la compréhension de la nature humaine et la justice sociale libéreront l’humanité de cette plaie qu’est la violence.

Peter P. Morgan

* Je tiens à remercier Linda O’Neil et Christine Zerbinis de leur aide extrêmement précieuse lors de la rédaction de cet ouvrage.

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UN General Assembly rebukes Iran for human rights record

19 December 2016

Empty GA Hall

NEW YORK — Today the international community firmly denounced a wide range of human rights violations in Iran.

By a vote of 85 to 35 with 63 abstentions, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution expressing “serious concern” about Iran’s high rate of executions without legal safeguards, ongoing use of torture, widespread arbitrary detentions, sharp limits on freedom of assembly, expression, and religious belief, and continuing discrimination against women and ethnic and religious minorities, including Baha’is.

“The vote today makes clear that the world remains deeply concerned about the way Iran treats its own citizens, while also raising questions about Iran’s genuine willingness to live up to its obligations as a member of the international community,” said Bani Dugal, the Principal Representative of the Baha’i International Community to the United Nations.

“Sadly, the list of ongoing human rights violations in Iran is long,” continued Ms. Dugal. “Despite the denials of Iranian officials, signs of progress are difficult to perceive. This is especially true for Iranian Baha’is, who face, among other forms of oppression, a policy of ‘economic apartheid’ from their government, which at every turn seeks to deprive them of jobs, education, as well as the freedom to practice their religion as their conscience dictates.

“In early November, for example, 124 Baha’i-owned shops and businesses were sealed by the government after their proprietors closed for two days to observe an important Baha’i holy day.

“In addition, Baha’is continue to be blocked from freely attending university, and are subject to all manner of other restrictions. They also face arbitrary arrest, detention, and imprisonment for legitimate religious activities,” said Ms. Dugal.

She noted that about 86 Baha’is are currently in prison and that, since 2005, more than 900 Baha’is have been arrested and at least 1100 incidents of economic exclusion have been documented.

“The situation has not improved under the administration of President Hassan Rouhani,” she added. Since he took office in August 2013, at least 185 Baha’is have been arrested and there have been at least 540 incidents of economic exclusion.

Among other things, today’s resolution called on Iran to eliminate “all forms of discrimination, including economic restrictions” against religious minorities in Iran. It also called for the release of “all religious practitioners imprisoned for their membership in or activities on behalf of a recognized or unrecognized minority religious group, including the seven Baha’i leaders.”

The resolution was introduced by Canada, and co-sponsored by 41 other nations. It is the 29th such resolution expressing concern about human rights violations in Iran by the General Assembly since 1985.

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In favour:
Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bulgaria, Cabo Verde, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kiribati, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malawi, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Vanuatu, Yemen.

Against:
Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brunei Darussalam, Burundi, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Russian Federation, South Africa, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Viet Nam, Zimbabwe.

Abstaining:
Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Benin, Bhutan, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea- Bissau, Guyana, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Libya, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Zambia.

L’Assemblée générale des Nations unies blâme l’Iran pour son dossier sur les droits de l’homme

19 December 2016

Empty GA Hall

NEW YORK, publié le 19 décembre 2016 – Le 19 décembre, la communauté internationale a dénoncé fermement un large éventail de violations des droits de l’homme en Iran.

L’Assemblée générale des Nations unies a approuvé, par 85 voix contre 35 et 63 abstentions, une résolution exprimant « une vive inquiétude » au sujet du taux élevé d’exécutions sans garanties juridiques en Iran, du recours constant à la torture, des détentions arbitraires généralisées, des limitations sévères à la liberté de réunion, d’expression et de croyances religieuses, et de la discrimination continue contre les femmes et les minorités ethniques et religieuses, y compris les Bahá’ís.

« Ce vote montre clairement que le monde reste profondément préoccupé par la manière dont l’Iran traite ses propres citoyens, tout en soulevant des questions sur la volonté réelle de l’Iran de respecter ses obligations en tant que membre de la communauté internationale », a déclaré Bani Dugal, la principale représentante de la Communauté internationale Bahá’íe auprès des Nations unies.

« Malheureusement, la liste des violations des droits de l’homme en Iran est longue, a poursuivi Mme Dugal. Malgré les dénégations des officiels iraniens, les signes de progrès sont difficiles à percevoir. Cela est particulièrement vrai concernant les Bahá’ís iraniens qui sont confrontés, entre autres formes d’oppression, à une politique d’apartheid économique de la part de leur gouvernement qui, à la moindre occasion, cherche à les priver d’emplois, d’éducation et de la liberté de pratiquer leur religion selon leur conscience.

« Au début de novembre, par exemple, 124 magasins et commerces appartenant à des Bahá’ís ont été mis sous scellés par le gouvernement après que leurs propriétaires les avaient fermés pendant deux jours pour observer un important jour saint Bahá’í.

« De plus, les Bahá’ís continuent d’être empêchés de fréquenter librement l’université et sont soumis à toutes sortes d’autres restrictions. Ils font également l’objet d’arrestations arbitraires, de détentions et d’emprisonnements pour des activités religieuses légitimes », a précisé Mme Dugal.

Elle a aussi mentionné qu’environ 86 Bahá’ís sont actuellement en prison et que, depuis 2005, plus de 900 Bahá’ís ont été arrêtés et qu’au moins 1 100 incidents d’exclusion économique ont été prouvés.

« La situation ne s’est pas améliorée sous l’administration du président Hassan Rohani », a-t-elle ajouté. Depuis son entrée en fonction en août 2013, au moins 185 Bahá’ís ont été arrêtés et il y a eu au moins 540 cas d’exclusion économique.

Entre autres choses, la résolution d’aujourd’hui a appelé l’Iran à éliminer « toutes les formes de discrimination, y compris les restrictions économiques » contre les minorités religieuses en Iran. Elle a également appelé à la libération de « tous les pratiquants religieux emprisonnés pour leur appartenance ou leurs activités au nom d’un groupe religieux minoritaire reconnu ou non reconnu, y compris les sept responsables Bahá’ís ».

La résolution a été déposée par le Canada et soutenue par 41 autres pays. C’est la 29e résolution à ce sujet depuis 1985 qui exprime les inquiétudes de l’Assemblée générale face aux violations des droits de l’homme en Iran.

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Ont voté pour :

Albanie, Allemagne, Andorre, Arabie saoudite, Argentine, Australie, Autriche, Bahamas, Bahreïn, Barbade, Belgique, Belize, Bosnie-Herzégovine, Botswana, Bulgarie, Cabo Verde, Canada, Chili, Chypre, Costa Rica, Croatie, Danemark, El Salvador, Émirats arabes unis, Espagne, Estonie, États-Unis d’Amérique, ex-République yougoslave de Macédoine, Finlande, France, Gabon, Gambie, Grèce, Guatemala, Haïti, Honduras, Hongrie, Îles Marshall, Îles Salomon, Irlande, Islande, Israël, Italie, Japon, Kiribati, Lettonie, Libéria, Liechtenstein, Lituanie, Luxembourg, Malawi, Maldives, Malte, Micronésie (États fédérés de), Monaco, Monténégro, Norvège, Nouvelle-Zélande, Palaos, Panama, Paraguay, Pays-Bas, Pérou, Pologne, Portugal, République de Corée, République de Moldova, République dominicaine, Tchéquie, Roumanie, Royaume-Uni de Grande-Bretagne et d’Irlande du Nord, Sainte-Lucie, Saint- Kitts-et-Nevis, Saint-Marin, Samoa, Slovaquie, Slovénie, Soudan du Sud, Suède, Suisse, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu, Ukraine, Vanuatu, Yémen

Ont voté contre :

Afghanistan, Afrique du Sud, Algérie, Arménie, Bangladesh, Bélarus, Bolivie (État plurinational de), Brunéi Darussalam, Burundi, Cambodge, Chine, Cuba, Égypte, Équateur, Érythrée, Fédération de Russie, Inde, Indonésie, Iran (République islamique d’), Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kirghizistan, Liban, Nicaragua, Oman, Ouganda, Ouzbékistan, Pakistan, République arabe syrienne, République populaire démocratique de Corée, Soudan, Turkménistan, Venezuela (République bolivarienne du), Viet Nam, Zimbabwe

Se sont abstenus:

Angola, Antigua-et-Barbuda, Bénin, Bhoutan, Brésil, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Colombie, Comores, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Éthiopie, Fidji, Ghana, Guinée, Guinée-Bissau, Guyana, Jamaïque, Jordanie, Kenya, Koweït, Lesotho, Libye, Malaisie, Mali, Maroc, Maurice, Mauritanie, Mexique, Mongolie, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibie, Nauru, Népal, Niger, Nigéria, Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée, Philippines, Qatar, République démocratique du Congo, République démocratique populaire lao, République- Unie de Tanzanie, Rwanda, Saint-Vincent-et-les Grenadines, Sao Tomé-et- Principe, Sénégal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapour, Somalie, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Tadjikistan, Tchad, Thaïlande, Togo, Tonga, Trinité-et-Tobago, Tunisie, Uruguay, Zambie

Our Inner Life

Humanity, through suffering and turmoil, is swiftly moving on towards its destiny; if we be loiterers, if we fail to play our part surely others will be called upon to take up our task as ministers to the crying needs of this afflicted world.

Not by the force of numbers, not by the mere exposition of a set of new and noble principles, not by an organized campaign of teaching—no matter how worldwide and elaborate in its character—not even by the staunchness of our faith or the exaltation of our enthusiasm, can we ultimately hope to vindicate in the eyes of a critical and sceptical age the supreme claim of the Abhá Revelation.

One thing and only one thing will unfailingly and alone secure the undoubted triumph of this sacred Cause, namely, the extent to which our own inner life and private character mirror forth in their manifold aspects the splendor of those eternal principles proclaimed by Bahá’u’lláh.

Looking back upon those sullen days of my retirement, bitter with feelings of anxiety and gloom, I can recall with appreciation and gratitude those unmistakable evidences of your affection and steadfast zeal which I have received from time to time, and which have served to relieve in no small measure the burden that weighed so heavily upon my heart.

I can well imagine the degree of uneasiness, nay of affliction, that must have agitated the mind and soul of every loving and loyal servant of the Beloved during these long months of suspense and distressing silence.

But I assure you such remarkable solicitude as you have shown for the protection of His Cause, such tenacity of faith and unceasing activity as you have displayed for its promotion, cannot but in the end be abundantly rewarded by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, who from His station above is the sure witness of all that you have endured and suffered for Him

Bahá’í Administration

Shoghi Effendi

Enseignement et Vie Intérieure

 

“L’institution de l’école constitue une partie vitale et inséparable de toute campagne d’enseignement et pour cette raison, les croyants doivent lui accorder la très grande importance qu’elle mérite sur le plan et les activités de l’enseignement. Elle devrait offrir aux croyants l’occasion d’approfondir leur connaissance des enseignements par des cours, des discussions et au moyen d’une vie communautaire étroite et intense. »
“Ce n’est pas par la force de notre nombre, ce n’est pas par la simple présentation d’un éventail de nouveaux et nobles principes, ce n’est pas par une campagne d’enseignement organisée, aussi soignée soit-elle et même si c’est à l’échelle mondiale, ce n’est pas par la fermeté́ de notre foi ou l’exaltation de notre enthousiasme, que nous pouvons espérer, en fin de compte, faire valoir, aux yeux d’une époque critique et sceptique, la revendication suprême de la révélation d’Abhá. Une chose et une seule chose assurera infailliblement et à elle seule le triomphe indiscutable de cette Cause sacrée, à savoir, la mesure dans laquelle notre vie intérieure et notre caractère privé reflètent les nombreux aspects de la splendeur de ces principes éternels proclamés par Bahá’u’lláh.”
(Shoghi Effendi)

Repenser et renforcer le développement social dans le monde contemporain

Nations Unies

E/CN.5/2016/NGO/5

Conseil économique et social

Commission du développement social 

Cinquante-quatrième session 

3-12 février 2016

Suite donnée au Sommet mondial pour le développement social et à la vingt-quatrième session extraordinaire de l’Assemblée générale : thème prioritaire : repenser et renforcer le développement social dans le monde contemporain 

Déclaration présentée par la Communauté internationale baha’íe, organisation non gouvernementale dotée du statut consultatif auprès du Conseil économique et social 

Le Secrétaire général a reçu la déclaration ci-après, dont le texte est distribué conformément aux paragraphes 36 et 37 de la résolution 1996/31 du Conseil économique et social

Repenser et renforcer le développement social dans le monde contemporain Nations Unis N1535737

Rethinking and strengthening social development in the contemporary world United Nations

United Nations

Economic and Social Council

Commission for Social Development 

Fifty-fourth session 

3-12 February 2016

Follow-up to the World Summit for Social Development and the twenty-fourth special session of the General Assembly: priority theme: rethinking and strengthening social development in the contemporary world 

Statement submitted by Baha’i International Community, a non-governmental organization in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council*

The Secretary-General has received the following statement, which is being circulated in accordance with paragraphs 36 and 37 of Economic and Social Council resolution 1996/31.

Rethinking and strengthening social development in the contemporary world United Nations N1535736

Looming challenge: communicating the Sustainable Development Goals

Topic:  Post-2015Sustainable Development

NEW YORK—11 February 2015

What if you had a really good plan for ending global poverty and protecting the environment but few people seemed to care?

That question is facing the United Nations right now. As one high level diplomat stated at an informal breakfast meeting for diplomats, United Nations officials and civil society representatives on 11 February 2015: “Usually with the phrase ‘sustainable development,’ it’s hard to get past that without people’s eyes glazing over.”

The meeting, which sought to examine the status of negotiations at the UN on a new set of Sustainable Development Goals(link is external) (SDGs), returned several times to the looming task of explaining the “post-2015” development agenda. This is one reason negotiators want a formal declaration on the SDGs that is “short and visionary,” said David Donoghue, the permanent representative of Ireland to the UN, who is co-chairing the negotiations.

It must, he said, “in some way capture the imagination of ordinary people around the world.”

Amina Mohammad, special advisor to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on post-2015 development planning, agreed that communicating the significance of the new goals will be critical to their ultimate success, saying they must have support at all levels, from the international to the grassroots.

“It is not just about governments and businesses,” said Ms. Mohammad, also speaking at the 11 February breakfast. “There are many more partnerships that will hold this all together.”

Both Mr. Donoghue and Ms. Mohammad said that civil society has also had a key role in formulating the goals.

“We want to hear the views of civil society,” said Mr. Donoghue. “That is an important priority for both of us for the duration of these negotiations.”

Ms. Mohammad said the strong partnership with civil society has helped create a plan with the potential to “change conceptually the way we deal with development.”

“We are saying that this is about everyone,” she said, explaining that the SDGs will apply to both rich and poor countries, and go well beyond the traditional concept of development as donors and recipients.

“This is very much a people and planet agenda,” said Ms. Mohammad, adding that the new goals promise to be “transformational,” going far beyond the anti-poverty focus of the old goals by integrating development, peace, health, and environmental issues.

Co-sponsored by the Baha’i International Community and International Movement ATD Fourth World, the meeting was the 23rd in a series that has sought to provide an informal setting for the discussion of issues related to the post-2015 development agenda.

The sponsors hope to plan a future breakfast meeting that focuses more specifically on the role of communications in winning support for and ultimately implementing the goals, said Daniel Perell, a representative of the BIC to the UN.

“Today’s meeting really made clear the ultimate importance of helping people everywhere understand what the SDGs are and what they can help us all achieve,” said Mr. Perell. “So how to effectively communicate them is a topic that must be explored further.”

During the discussion, participants at the meeting asked a number of questions and made wide-ranging observations about the SDG process so far, including among other things, the need for concrete indicators and monitoring mechanisms so that progress towards meeting the new goals can be determined and the importance of ensuring that the most marginalized and vulnerable people can participate in achieving the goals.

Social and Sustainable Development: Which Youth, Whose Development? Reflections on the World Conference on Youth 2014

Which Youth, Whose Development?
Reflections on the World Conference on Youth 2014

Subject: Post-2015, Social and Sustainable Development, Viewpoint

Daniel Perell, far right, at the 2014 World Conference on Youth in Sri Lanka.
COLOMBO, SRI LANKA
4 June 2014

The idea was to hold a conference drawing youth leaders from around the world, an event seeking to strengthen the voice of young people in the global development agenda, a meeting offering opportunities to contribute perspectives and learn from almost 2,000 peers.

In that respect, the World Conference on Youth (WCY) succeeded. Held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in early May, the Conference was a source of tremendous energy and excitement. Yet it also raised profound questions.

How, for example, does influencing a global agenda relate to effecting change at the local level? How can one best read local realities in the face of larger, international trends?? If development is to be truly universal, what is the relationship between youth who enjoy the opportunity to attend an international conference, and youth who do not?

As the Bahá’í International Community’s delegation sought to negotiate these questions within the very practical context of planning a side event at the Conference, we tried to avoid artificially prejudging young people’s potential sphere of contribution. (View video interview with one youth delegate.) Youth might well contribute to social progress by participating in the structures of government or volunteering their time and capacities to development agencies or other civil society groups. At the same time, we believe that no individual is dependent on external organizations to better his or her community. In other words, it is not necessary for anyone to wait for the direction of others to begin working for the common good. (View story covering this event.)

In this light, the contribution to the Conference was based on the principle that all youth, whatever their background or access to structures of power, have the capacity to making a difference in their own social spaces and circles – and that this is a profound and often overlooked source of global development. As our statement noted:

…the paths open to the youth of the world for selfless service to others are numerous.

Few of these opportunities are found at the highest levels of global governance, such as the conference that has drawn us together today. Most are less formal and closer to home, but equally important. In partnering with other youth and like-minded adults, for example, we play a powerful role in catalyzing home-grown transformation and progress. We make similarly unique contributions in the development of upcoming generations, providing those younger than ourselves with a model of conduct to emulate and a trusted partner in developing personal capacities and exploring how those talents might be dedicated to the well-being of the community. Put simply, our generation is a vibrant source of social advancement in a variety of contexts, ranging from the village square to the global stage.

These ideas took on more concrete form when we realized that our side event – which focused on the theme of empowerment and capacity-building – need not be confined only to official conference delegates, who faced a daunting schedule of official activities. We realized we could also reach out to the 500 Sri Lankan volunteers providing a range of support services for the conference – youth who were already demonstrating that spirit of selfless service to others so often extolled in discussions of community development.

Some twenty of these volunteers came to our first workshop and provided numerous observations and rich insights. But their involvement did not end there. Seeing the potential benefit of delving into issues of empowerment while incorporating the arts, the volunteers, of their own volition, worked with us to organize a second session. That session drew more than 40 members of the Sri Lankan National Youth Parliament, while the volunteers – everyday people who had expected only to play support roles at a major international conference – now served as facilitators, steering small group conversations and guiding discussion in new ways they might not have imagined before.

What was exciting here was that the very principle we were trying to discuss – the idea that all people matter, all can be empowered to act – came to life right in front of our eyes. Not because of anything we did that was special, but because all are capable and all desire the opportunity to contribute to society.

For those of us working at the international level, it can be easy to focus on formal systems, structures, and agencies as well as those individuals who have the resources or connections to plug into them. But global development based on the paradigm of a select few providing for the well-being of all the rest seems dubious at best. It seems daily more apparent that universal development will require universal participation.

In this light, I am reminded of the words of a young man from Kenya, who attended a conference last year that was similar in spirit to the World Conference on Youth. He shared the following thoughts on the contribution youth can make to the progress and betterment of their communities:

“I have always liked the idea of service but I thought it was something done by people who had money or resources. I come from a village of very many people; I cannot feed or clothe them — that is what I always thought. Being at the conference has, however, opened my mind to the fact that service extends to more than just giving material possessions; I have energy, time, and some basic skills which I will now use to be of benefit to my community.”

– by Daniel Perell, Representative of the Baha’i International Community to the United Nations

Please go to The Baha’i International Community Website for others messages from the Baha’i International Community.

The Baha’i International Community
It is an international non-governmental organization with affiliates in over 180 countries, which together represent over 5 million members of the Baha’i Faith. The Baha’i International Community has offices in New York, Geneva and Brussels with representation to the UN and the European Union.