Wednesday, March 22, 2006

New Framework for Prosperity

The Baha'i International Community which represents the Baha'i Faith at the United Nations has issued another of its thought provoking, paradigm shifting statements about transforming global conditions. This is a nice example of an approach to Baha'i activism that I've described in previous posts, namely exerting a moral and spiritual influence on leaders of thought and society through sharing the Baha'i perspective. The opening paragraph is below:

A New Framework for Global Prosperity

Bahá'í International Community's submission to the 2006 Commission on Social Development on the review of the First United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty

January 2006

Any definition of poverty and course for its elimination is shaped by prevailing notions about the nature and purpose of the development process. The combined efforts of the United Nations and civil society have significantly expanded the understanding of poverty and development. The recognition of the interrelatedness of development, human rights, and human security; the increased awareness of the interactions between the market and the legal, social, cultural and physical environment in which it operates1 ; the acknowledgement of human well-being as the goal of development; efforts to introduce more equity into systems of global trade and finance; and the emphasis on human solidarity as the basis for sustainable development -- these have generated a worldwide momentum in the drive to find enduring solutions to the scourge of poverty.

You can read the entire statement here.