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Leaves - January IEF newsletter is available

Read on line: Leaves 17(1) January 2015
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Webinar on Hanley's Eleven

Presentation: “Seeding a New Culture”

By author and sustainability expert, Paul Hanley


On Sunday, 1 February 2015, at 2 pm [note the new time], Paul Hanley, author of the insightful new book, Eleven, will be featured in a free webinar lecture hosted by the U.S. Bahá’í Office of Public Affairs. Drawing on the material in his book, Mr. Hanley will discuss how humanity and the world will adjust to support 11 billion people by the end of this century and how we can and are beginning to cure the social and environmental ills currently plaguing humanity and nature. As part of his talk, Mr. Hanley will emphasize a solution rooted in local education and capacity-building processes practiced in the Bahá’í community. Attend in person or tune in individually or as a community and ask questions following the presentation.

Location: 100 Maryland Ave, NE, Washington, D.C. USA
Webinar access: https://franciscanaction.adobeconnect.com/r27subzfqjj/
Format: presentation followed by Q&A
Sponsoring Organization: U.S. Baha’i Office of Public Affairs, http://publicaffairs.bahai.us/

Further info: contact Jamie Konopacky: +1 202.833.8990; jkonopacky@usbnc.org

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Climate Change Adaptation and Small Island Developing States

A five week free internet course, Pathways to climate change adaptation: the case of Small Island Developing States, on Coursera running from 26 January to 28 February 2015 includes IEF President Arthur Lyon Dahl as one of the faculty. The course was prepared by the University of Geneva in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme. Details about the course are available at https://www.coursera.org/course/sids, together with an introductory video.

The Road to Dignity by 2030 - SG's Synthesis Report

The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet

Synthesis Report of the Secretary-General On the Post-2015 Agenda
http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/5527SR_advance%20unedited_final.pdf


The Synthesis Report of the Secretary-General On the Post-2015 Agenda "The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet" was released on 4 December. It is worth looking at this report in some detail, since it aims to provide the vision, one might even say the ethical foundation, for the community of nations for the next 15 years to 2030.

IEF response to SG's Synthesis Report

IEF response to SG's Synthesis Report

Official IEF reaction to the UN Secretary-General's Synthesis Report on the Post-2015 Agenda
The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet

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Karlberg: Meaning, Religion and a Great Transition - review

Meaning, Religion and a Great Transition

by Michael Karlberg
a review and commentary by Arthur Dahl


The Great Transition Initiative is an international collaboration for charting pathways to a planetary civilization rooted in solidarity, sustainability, and human well-being. It operates an on-line forum of leading intellectuals moderated by the Tellus Institute in Boston. Papers are commissioned for discussion, and then published. A couple of IEF members take part in these discussions, which have been largely on scientific, political and institutional themes. In November, for the first time, the topic was "Meaning, Religion and a Great Transition" with a paper prepared by Michael Karlberg which has now been published on line. The discussion was lively and controversial, with the more secular scientists contesting that religion could be considered a knowledge system or be anything more than subjective and not worthy of serious consideration, while others welcomed this as an essential part of any transition. At the end of the month, Michael responded to the debate, and his commentary is also on line.

IEF 19th Annual Conference

BREAKING NEWS: Reduced conference fee of 50 euros for IEF members!

The 19th Annual Conference of the International Environment Forum will be held in association with the international conference of the Partnership for Education and Research about Responsible Living (PERL) at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, on 10-11 March 2015. For IEF members, the registration fee will be 50 euros instead of 450 euros. Registration before the date limit of 25 January is through the PERL website: http://eng.hihm.no/responsible-living or directly at https://www.deltager.no/perl_2015_international_conference.

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UN Secretary-General's Synthesis Report on Post-2015 Agenda

UN Secretary-General releases Synthesis Report on Post-2015 Agenda

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The Challenge of the Sustainable Development Goals

The Challenge of the Sustainable Development Goals

Arthur Lyon Dahl
International Environment Forum


Rio+20 called for the preparation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), building on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which focussed on reducing poverty, but including a wider set of sustainability issues relevant to all countries. An intergovernmental Open Working Group built on an inclusive process to issue a set of proposed SDGs in July 2014 (OWG 2014), and these are now under intergovernmental negotiation for approval by a UN summit of Heads of State on 25-27 September 2015. The Open Working Group proposed 17 Sustainable Development Goals with a number of targets under each goal, 169 targets in all (OWG 2014). The UN General Assembly and the UN Secretary-General have accepted that the proposals of the Group be the main basis for the post-2015 intergovernmental process (UN 2014). Indicators still need to be developed for these targets.

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