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.


The IEF has been organizing an online webinar series approximately monthly since late 2020. Future lectures or discussions, and those that are recorded, are documented on the Lectures page. Future lectures are also announced here.

10th IEF Webinar: The Accelerating Environmental Crisis: A 60-year Perspective

22 January 2022 with Arthur Dahl

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Description: The 1960's saw the first signs that our material civilization was having environmental impacts, leading to the first Earth Day in 1970 and the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm in 1972. Warnings of limits to growth led to calls for more sustainable development in the 1980s, with a high point at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 adopting Agenda 21 and conventions on climate change and biodiversity. Despite advances such as the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in 2015, environmental crises have accelerated, driven by vested interests and pushing beyond planetary boundaries now threatening systems collapse. The latest science and the Secretary-General's "Our Common Agenda" lay out the fundamental transformation that is now urgently needed. This overview builds on Arthur Dahl's personal experience of these events over the last 60 years.

Speaker Curriculum Vitae: Dr. Arthur Lyon Dahl is an environmental scientist, President of the International Environment Forum, on the Advisory Board of the Global Governance Forum, and a retired Deputy Assistant Executive Director of UNEP, with 60 years' international experience. He participated in the 1972 Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment, organised the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), served in the secretariat for the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (Rio Earth Summit), coordinated the UN System-wide Earthwatch, and lead the development of indicators of sustainable development. His recent work concerns proposals for UN reform and effective global environmental governance.


IEF Annual Conferences

IEF 25th Conference, a series of events associated with the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021

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

UN Conference on the Human Environment, Stockholm, Sweden, 5-16 June 1972
(The IEF did not exist in 1972, but the IEF President was there representing the Bahá'í International Community)

Last updated 12 January 2022