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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
bullet1.gif (837 bytes) New Approaches
to Old Problems
bullet1.gif (837 bytes) Towards the New
World Order

A global campaign for peace

In 1985, Bahá'ís around the world launched an effort to help eradicate from human consciousness the old world attitudes and behaviors that have for so long presented seemingly insurmountable barriers to the achievement of world peace.

This campaign began with a letter, entitled The Promise of World Peace, and addressed to "The Peoples of the World." It called on world leaders to gather and discuss the ways and means by which world peace may be established. More than simply a demand for action by the world's political leaders, however, the document analyzed the reasons that world peace had for so long been considered unattainable--citing the barriers of nationalism, racism, poverty, and religious strife--and outlined new approaches for the demolition of those barriers.

Written by the Universal House of Justice, the document also indicated that because of humanity's new stage of maturity, these barriers could at last be overcome and that peace was now inevitable although whether it would be achieved through intelligent collaboration or after disastrous conflicts remained to be seen. [See excerpts on page 71]

Galvanized by this message, the world-wide Bahá'í community began a systematic campaign to diffuse these ideas around the world. Within a few years, more than one million copies of this treatise had been disseminated, many to individuals in the highest ranks of government and academia. Indeed, copies were presented to virtually all of the world's heads of state. It has also been published whole or in part in magazines and newspapers around the world. In conjunction with this distribution, Bahá'í communities around the world organized thousands of local, regional, and national peace conferences, lectures, concerts, dramas, exhibitions and fairs.

In 1987, the Bahá'í International Community and five national Bahá'í communities were recognized by the United Nations with the "Peace Messenger" award, a prize in recognition of contributions by non-governmental organizations during the 1986 United Nations International Year of Peace.

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In 1985, Madam Ruhiyyih Rabbani, the widow of Shoghi Effendi and a Hand of the Cause of God, presented The Promise of World Peace to United Nations Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar.







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