On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations back in October, the Baha’i International Community, the non-government organization (NGO) representing the world’s Baha’i population at the United Nations, published a statement titled “The Search for Values in an Age of Transition“. The statement focuses on “the importance of the oneness of humanity and religious freedom as critical values in the process of UN reform”. From the press release:
“The blurring of national boundaries in the face of global crises has shown, beyond a doubt, that the body of humankind represents one organic whole,” says the statement, which is titled “The Search for Values in an Age of Transition.”
Accordingly, the oneness of humanity must become the overriding focus as humanity searches for solutions to global challenges such as poverty, AIDS, environmental degradation, terrorism, and the proliferation of weapons.
“It is clear that none of the problems facing humanity can be adequately addressed in isolation from one another,” the statement says.
“The increasingly apparent interconnectedness of development, security and human rights on a global scale confirms that peace and prosperity are indivisible — that no sustainable benefit can be conferred on a nation or community if the welfare of the nations as a whole is ignored or neglected.”
Moreover, the statement asserts that the issues surrounding religion and freedom of belief have now risen to a level of “consuming global importance, which the United Nations cannot afford to ignore.”
“While the General Assembly has passed a number of resolutions addressing the role of religion in the promotion of peace and calling for the elimination of religious intolerance, it struggles to grasp fully both the constructive role that religion can play in creating a peaceful global order and the destructive impact that religious fanaticism can have on the stability and progress of the world,” the statement says.
“A growing number of leaders and deliberative bodies acknowledge that such considerations must move from the periphery to the center of debate — recognizing that the full impact of religion-related variables on governance, diplomacy, human rights, development, notions of justice, and collective security must be better understood.”
You can read and study the full text of the statement yourself. Or, if you’re the type who likes indepth reading, you can check out the Baha’i Statement Library, which allows you to search through every statement released by the BIC since the inception of the United Nations in the 1940s.