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bullet.gif (837 bytes) The Bahá'ís
bullet.gif (837 bytes) Unity in Diversity
bullet.gif (837 bytes) Bahá'u'lláh
bullet1.gif (837 bytes) Social and Moral
bullet1.gif (837 bytes) Spiritual Beliefs of
the Bahá'í Faith
bullet1.gif (837 bytes) A System for
Global Governance
bullet1.gif (837 bytes) A Century of 
Growth and
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to Old Problems
bullet1.gif (837 bytes) Towards the New
World Order

The Bahá'í International Community and the United Nations

The worldwide Bahá'í community manages its relations with the outside world through the offices of the Bahá'í International Community.

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 (UNEP).

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.

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The staff of the Bahá'í International Community offices in New York, taken in front of the United Nations General Assembly building.







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