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 = | 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 = | 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 = | 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.


External links

* [ Bahá'í International Community] - official website
* [ Statements and publications] of the BIC
* [ News stories and press releases] by the BIC Office of Public Information
* [ ONE COUNTRY] - quarterly newsletter
* [ Relationship between the BIC and the UN]

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Bahá'í Faith in Taiwan — Bahá í Faith in Taiwan巴哈伊教, The Bahá í Faith in Taiwan began after the religion entered areas of Chinacite web last = Hassall first = Graham title = The Bahá í Faith in Hong Kong work = Official Website of the Bahá ís of Hong Kong publisher =… …   Wikipedia

  • Bahá'í literature — Bahá í literature, like much religious text, covers a variety of topics and forms, including scripture and inspiration, interpretation, history and biography, introduction and study materials, and apologia. Sometimes considerable overlap can be… …   Wikipedia

  • Bahá'í World Centre buildings — Bahá’i Holy Places in Haifa and Western Galilee * UNESCO World Heritage Site …   Wikipedia

  • Bahá'í statistics — Statistical estimates of the worldwide Bahá í population are difficult to judge. The religion is almost entirely contained in a single, organized, hierarchical community, but the Bahá í population is spread out into almost every country and… …   Wikipedia

  • Bahá'í Faith — This article is about the generally recognized global religious community. For other related uses, see Bahai (disambiguation). Seat of the Universal House of Justice, governing body of the Bahá ís, in Haifa, Israel …   Wikipedia

  • Bahá'í Faith in Uganda — and his family,Citation | first = N. Richard | last = Francis | contribution = Enoch Olinga Hand of the Cause of God, Father of Victories | year = 1998 | publisher = Bahá í Faith Website of Reno, Nevada | url = http://bahai… …   Wikipedia

  • Bahá'í Faith and Native Americans — The Bahá í Faith and Native Americans has a history reaching back to the lifetime of Abdu l Bahá and has multiplied its relationships across the Americas. Individuals have joined the religion and institutions have been founded to serve native… …   Wikipedia

  • Bahá'í Faith in Brazil — The Bahá í Faith in Brazil started in 1919 with Bahá ís first visiting the country that year,cite book | last = Lamb | first = Artemus | title = The Beginnings of the Bahá í Faith in Latin America:Some Remembrances, English Revised and Amplified… …   Wikipedia

  • Bahá'í Faith in South Africa — The Bahá í Faith in South Africa began with the holding of Bahá í meetings in the country in 1911.cite web coauthors = National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá ís of South Africa title = Bahá ís in South Africa Progress of the Bahá í Faith in… …   Wikipedia

  • Bahá'í Faith in Germany — Though mentioned in the Bahá í literature in the 1800s, the Bahá í Faith in Germany begins in the early 1900s when two emigrants to the United States returned on prolonged visits to Germany bringing their newfound religion. The first Bahá í Local …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.