At an international interfaith conference on "Faith in Human Rights," religious leaders pledge to uphold the Universal Declaration and freedom of religion or belief.
Decades of research, advocacy and policy-making have provided a strong scientific basis for action on climate change, have raised public awareness, and have provided norms and principles to guide decision-making. Building on this foundation, the governments of the world have embarked on a major negotiating effort aimed at charting the course of cooperative action on climate change.
The idea that the global response to climate change could offer a tool for social and economic transformation emerged as a significant theme at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, held here in December.
For the 21st time since 1985, the United Nations General Assembly has adopted a resolution expressing "deep concern at serious human rights violations" in Iran.
In early February 2009, reports emerged from Iran that the government was planning to put on trial seven Bahá'í leaders, held in Tehran's notorious Evin prison since May 2008.
All have served both Iranian society and the Bahá'í community extensively -- and, like most Iranian Bahá'ís, they have all experienced varying degrees of persecution since the Islamic Republic of Iran was established in 1979.
In this small village known for its fine mango orchards and fertile wheat fields some 25 kilometers northwest of Lucknow, a quiet revolution is taking place. Like many revolutions, the spark is coming from the school ground. Only instead of a university campus, the venue for action here is the village school. And the agents of change are a group of young and dedicated teachers with a fresh vision of education and its transformative role.
The Bahá'í International Community was among the religious groups and nongovernmental organizations that participated in a two-day Global Forum of Faith-based Organizations, convened by the United Nations Population Fund.
Manna from Heaven: From Divine Speech to Economic Science
By Dalton Garis
Some of the most fruitful acts of creativity stem from the combination of two previously distinct fields of thought. In Manna from Heaven: From Divine Speech to Economic Science, Dalton Garis brings together two fields that are not often paired: economics and religion -- and arrives at a creative synthesis that enriches the reader's understanding of both.