Bahá'í International Community


Bahá'í International Community

The Bahá'í International Community, or the BIC, is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) representing the members of the Bahá'í Faith;cite book | title = The Baha'i: The religious Construction of a Global Identity | year = 2000 | first = Michael | last= McMullen | publisher = Rutgers University Press | location = New Brunswick, N.J. | pages = p. 39 | id = ISBN 0813528364] cite web | title = About the Bahá’í International Community | url = http://bic.org/who-we-are/copy_of_Baha2019i-International-Community | year = 2008 | publisher = Bahá’í International Community | accessdate = 2008-02-10] it was first chartered in March 1948 with the United Nations, and currently has affiliates in over 180 countries and territories.cite book | title = Religious Dimensions of Child and Family Life: Reflections on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child | chapter = Child and Family in Baha'i Religion| first = John | last = Hatcher | editor = Coward, Harold G. | year = 1996 | publisher = University of Victoria | location = Victoria, B.C.| id = ISBN 155058104X | pages = p. 156]

The BIC seeks to "promote world peace by creating the conditions in which unity emerges as the natural state of human existence" by promoting and applying principles which are derived from the teachings of the Bahá'í Faith to develop a united and sustainable civilization. The BIC also works on the advancement of human rights, the advancement of women, universal education, the encouragement of just economic development, the protection of the environment, and a sense of world citizenship.

To achieve its purpose, the BIC cooperates with governments, the United Nations and other inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations; in May 1970 it gained consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and in 1976 with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Then in 1989 the BIC developed a working relationship with the World Health Organization, and it also has a working relationship with various other United Nations agencies and enterprises including the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).cite web | title = The Bahá’í World 2005–2006: Activities | url =http://bic.org/statements-and-reports/year-in-review/the-baha2019i-world-200520132006 | year = 2006 | publisher = Bahá’í International Community | accessdate = 2008-02-10] The BIC has also undertaken joint development programs with various other United Nations agencies; in the 2000 Millennium Forum of the United Nations a Bahá'í was invited as the only non-governmental speaker during the summit. [cite web |author=Bahá'í World News Service | publisher =Bahá'í International Community | title= Bahá'í United Nations Representative Addresses World Leaders at the Millennium Summit|url =http://www.bahai.org/article-1-1-0-3.html | date=2000-09-08 | accessdate = 2006-06-01]

The Bahá'í International Community has offices at the United Nations in New York and Geneva and representations to United Nations regional commissions and other offices in Addis Ababa, Bangkok, Nairobi, Rome, Santiago, and Vienna. In recent years an Office of the Environment and an Office for the Advancement of Women were established as part of its United Nations Office. There also exists an Office of Public Information which is based at the Bahá'í World Centre in Haifa, Israel; that office distributes information about the Bahá'í Faith and publishes ONE COUNTRY, a quarterly newsletter.

References

External links

* [http://www.bic.org Bahá'í International Community] - official website
* [http://statements.bahai.org Statements and publications] of the BIC
* [http://news.bahai.org News stories and press releases] by the BIC Office of Public Information
* [http://www.onecountry.org ONE COUNTRY] - quarterly newsletter
* [http://info.bahai.org/article-1-6-0-6.html Relationship between the BIC and the UN]


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