Stories in Volume 14, Issue 1 — April-June 2002

Religious Tolerance

Worldwide, the Baha'i community issues an appeal for religious tolerance

In a letter to "the world's religious leaders," the Universal House of Justice warns of the danger posed by "the rising fires of religious prejudice" and calls for decisive action against fanaticism and intolerance NEW YORK - Expressing concern over the worldwide rise... Read more
Civil Society

In Argentina, a Baha'i-inspired NGO works to strengthen civil society in a time of national crisis

A Bahá'í-inspired NGO that focuses on training programs for strengthening civil society, UNIDA has seen an upsurge in interest in its programs since the Argentinian economic crisis began last year BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Last November, the people of this vast and... Read more
United Nations

World leaders promise to create "A World Fit for Children" at UN Special Session

UNITED NATIONS - The world has changed greatly in the dozen years since world leaders last met to discuss how to better help and protect the world's children. In particular, the spread of HIV/AIDS, the increasing use of children as soldiers, and the widening gap between... Read more
The Arts

Baha'is play key role behind the scenes in UNICEF concert at the UN Children's Summit

UNITED NATIONS - Although Hugh Locke and Jack Lenz grew up two years apart in the tiny farming town of Eston on the Canadian prairie in Saskatchewan, the two men never met until they became members of the Bahá'í Faith as young adults. But since meeting, they have... Read more

Lord St. John of Bletso delivers annual Baha'i lecture at University of Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND, United States (BWNS) - Lord St. John of Bletso, a member of the British House of Lords and noted authority on environmental policy, told an audience of some 250 gathered at the University of Maryland on 31 May 2002 that the environmental challenges... Read more

A new volume of Baha'i sacred writings, comprising Baha'u'llah's call to world leaders, is published

HAIFA, Israel, 13 June 2002 (BWNS) - A new volume of recently translated writings of Bahá'u'lláh, comprising a series of messages written to world leaders, has been issued by Bahá'í World Centre Publications. Entitled The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, the 272-page book... Read more

City Montessori School wins UNESCO Peace Education award

LUCKNOW, India (BWNS) - City Montessori School, a large private school with a Bahá'í-inspired curriculum that stresses world citizenship and religious tolerance, has been awarded the 2002 UNESCO Prize for Peace Education. Awarded annually by the United Nations... Read more

To the World's Religious Leaders

The enduring legacy of the twentieth century is that it compelled the peoples of the world to begin seeing themselves as the members of a single human race, and the earth as that race's common homeland. Despite the continuing conflict and violence that darken the horizon,... Read more

Balancing human rights and state sovereignty in a multicultural world

Rethinking Humanitarian Intervention By Brian D. Lepard The Pennsylvania State University Press University Park, Pennsylvania, USA One of the thorniest issues faced by the United Nations in recent years has been how to balance state sovereignty with human rights. At... Read more