The International Environment Forum organizes an annual conference somewhere in the world, contributes to events organized by its partners, and participates in conferences and forums organized by the United Nations and other organizations. Many of these are reported on the home page, and the annual conference reports have their own page. Some continuing activities are also described in more detail in the Activities part of the web site.
The Wilmette Institute organizes on-line learning courses every year on Sustainable Development and Human Prosperity, on Climate Change, and on Bahá’í Perspectives on Agriculture and Food, with IEF members as faculty.
IEF LECTURE SERIES
The IEF has started a lecture series online on topics of current interest.
The third lecture in the IEF Lecture Series on 20 February will be presented by Prof. Rafael Shayani of Brazil on:
Building Capacity in Undergraduate Engineering Students to Deal with Climate Change
The lecture will be on Saturday 20 February at 2pm BRT, 1pm EST, 18:00 GMT, 19:00 CET, 23:30 IST.
Register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrdumsqjgtE9yKpii8a3NpgjzRI7vyz1vm
Description: The fact that the energy system has been practically the same since its inception is partly related to the traditional training that engineering students receive at universities. In order for the energy sector to be able to align itself with the global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, students graduating from universities need to have studied these issues - but in most cases they have not. Even though engineering is a traditional and important profession for ensuring the growth of infrastructure within a country, there is a need to modernize university programs so as to train professionals with new capabilities required by current demands. Students often choose engineering programs because they want to help society progress. By understanding environmental and social issues that predominate in our world, students will be properly prepared to address the challenges most important today. Dr. Shayani’s wrote an article on this topic for IEF, it can be found here.
Speaker Bio: Rafael Amaral Shayani, IEF member, has an electrical engineering degree with a focus on power and energy. He obtained his MS and PhD on photovoltaic solar energy. He is professor of electrical engineering at University of Brasilia, Brazil.
The fourth lecture on 27 March 2021 will be on:
Discourse: A Baha’i Perspective
presented by Dr. Stephen Friberg at 19:00 CET, 13:00 EST. For the full Description and for Registration, go to: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwtdemrqDItEtS8XelNKXK_5Gy_0DYrWsHG%20
The second lecture in the IEF Lecture series on Saturday 23 January 2021 featured Dr. Joachim Monkelbaan who talked about:
Exploring Barriers to Justice and Sustainability in Economic Systems:
Discussion on Root Causes and Potential Remedies
The video recording is now posted on the IEF webinar playlist: https://tinyurl.com/7p09o73q
We are at a critical juncture as we face a growing number of global challenges that we can remedy if we act boldly and in unity. Many of those challenges, including climate change and inequality, have economic root causes. On this basis, the questions at the heart of this piece are the following:
Which challenges is the world facing?
What are the root causes of those challenges?
What could be some remedies for addressing the root causes (including concepts such as circular economy, doughnut economics, green deals, and indicators of success that go beyond GDP)?
What opportunities does the pandemic and its aftermath offer for making the economic systems more just, sustainable, and resilient?
Joachim Monkelbaan is Representative for Sustainable and Just Economic Systems at the Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) in Geneva, Switzerland. He lectures on sustainability governance at International University in Geneva. Previously, Joachim has worked with organizations such as UN Environment (Economics and Trade Branch), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), WHO, and Climate-KIC. He was a team leader for several Sustainability Impact Assessments of trade agreements for the European Commission (DG Trade). He did postdoctoral research at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and at the Institute for Developing Economies (IDE) in Tokyo, Japan. His book on Governance for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is available now. He holds a Ph.D in governance for sustainable development from the University of Geneva and Master’s Degrees from the World Trade Institute and Maastricht University.
The first IEF webinar was held on 6 December 2020, with IEF President Arthur Dahl speaking on Global Governance and Sustainability.
Many of today's existential threats including climate change, biodiversity loss, resource depletion, and mass population displacements are interrelated and can only be managed effectively at the global level. Yet, present mechanisms for global environmental governance are woefully inadequate to the need for urgent action all around the world. The good efforts of some are neutralized if not reversed by the contrary actions of others. We shall explore recent proposals for global governance for the 21st century that could finally manage the necessary transition to sustainability while embodying the principles of world federalism and the oneness of humanity.
His powerpoint presentation with the main content can be downloaded here.
SOME REPORTS ON PAST EVENTS
IEF events at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris in December 2015
16th IEF Annual Conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 16-19 June 2012, in association with the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)
Planet Under Pressure 2012 scientific conference, London, England, 26-29 March 2012
Last updated 15 February 2021