|The worldwide Bahá'í community
manages its relations with the outside world through the offices of the Bahá'í
Since 1948, the
Bahá'i International Community has enjoyed recognition as an international
non-governmental organization at the United Nations. Since 1970, it has held consultative
status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and with the United
Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). It also has working relations with the World Health
Organization (WHO), and is associated with the United Nations Environment Programme
The work of the Bahá'í International Community is handled
by several specialized offices. These include a Secretariat, a United Nations Office, an
Office of Public Information, an Office of the Environment, and an Office for the
Advancement of Women.
Through representatives based at the Bahá'í World Centre in
Haifa and in New York, Geneva, Paris, Hong Kong, London, Jerusalem, and Fiji, these
offices are involved in a wide range of activities, including efforts in peace-building,
human rights, education, health, environmental conservation and sustainable development,
and the promotion of women's equality. Many of these activities are undertaken in
collaboration with national Bahá'í communities. An international newsletter, ONE
COUNTRY, reports on these activities.
The Bahá'í International Community also collaborates with
many international non-governmental organizations. It is, for example, a member of the
World Wide Fund for Nature's Network on Conservation and Religion, the Center for Our
Common Future, the Education for All Network, the World Conference on Religion and Peace,
and the Advocates for African Food Security.