Stories in Volume 17, Issue 3 — October-December 2005


Religions ponder new efforts to "educate" for sustainable development

Faith groups gear up for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development; how a seminar in Florida reflects the Bahá'í community's global approach. ORLANDO, Florida, USA – It's become something of a cliché to speak about “thinking globally” but “acting locally”... Read more
Religious Tolerance

In New York, panelists stress importance of interreligious dialogue

NEW YORK — Governments should fight increased religious intolerance around the world by promoting dialogue both between and within religious groups — and by ensuring that women and political leaders are involved in such dialogues. Those were among the points made by a... Read more
Human Rights

United Nations again expresses concern over human rights in Iran; a Baha'i prisoner dies of unknown causes

UNITED NATIONS — For the 18th time since 1985, the United Nations General Assembly has passed a resolution expressing “serious concern” over the human rights situation in Iran, also making specific mention of the ongoing persecution of the Bahá'í community there. The... Read more
United Nations

In Tunisia, the World Summit on the Information Society sets global goals

TUNIS, Tunisia — Declaring that the free flow of information and ideas can greatly strengthen social and economic development, governments at the World Summit on the Information Society here approved a global agenda for making information and communications technologies... Read more

In The Gambia, free computer courses lead to jobs and self-respect

BANJUL , The Gambia — A graduation ceremony last month has boosted the number of computer graduates from classes offered free by the local Bahá'í community to more than 900. Since 1998, the Bahá'ís have arranged the classes to help people who cannot otherwise obtain... Read more

President of the Marshall Islands visits the Baha'i World Centre

HAIFA, Israel — The president of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Kessai Note, and his wife, Mary Note, paid an official visit to the Bahá'í World Centre on 1 December 2005. The president and first lady were welcomed by a member of the Universal House of Justice,... Read more

Perspective: Education for Sustainable Development

In the face of urgent global problems like terrorism, HIV/AIDS, and severe poverty in Africa , it is sometimes hard to focus on the long term needs of humanity. But with the launch in 2005 of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, there is an... Read more

Review: A view from the South

Ciência, Religião e Desenvolvimento: Perspectivas Para o Brasil Edited by Iradj Roberto Eghrari Editora Planeta Paz Brasília, Brazil For anyone studying trends in the theory of social and economic development, there can be little doubt that some of the most important... Read more