Community Engagement

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                               Dr Zeny Edwards OAM is the Vice-president and Director for Community Engagement



                               To acknowledge the intrinsic value of the human spirit and promote the universal commitment to work together as members of                                 the global community sharing a common humanity

                               To encourage communitiesto discuss ideas, share stories and inspire others to actively make the world a better place.

                               To raise awareness of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and their potential to fulfil the promise of creating a better world                                 by 2030.



Information Dissemination:

  • Mark World Observance Days to promote peace, social justice, human rights and cultural diversity to the maximum target audience available.

  • Organise Briefing Nights to keep abreast of the latest developments and programs relevant to promoting world citizenship


  • Create opportunities for corporations,non-profits, government, universities, industry bodies, social enterprises and grassroots organisers to discuss solutions to current challenges affecting world citizenship.


  • Organise, or in partnership with other organisations and stakeholders, activities and programs that promote social cohesion and leadership within the community.



Upcoming Events

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Interactive Seminar


In this interactive seminar we will explore the question of Parliaments, Climate Change, and Intergenerational Justice from diverse perspectives. Our focus on parliaments underlines that they are the unique institution that engages citizens in the formal governance process in representative democracy, responsible for legislation, oversight of the executive, and voting the budget. Parliaments are at the heart of strategies to enhance inter-generational democracy.

The seminar will bring together leading activists and experts in the fields of parliaments, climate change, and youth democratic engagement, taking part in a vivid and interactive discussion. The session will be opened to participants to share their perspectives and propose practical solutions.

Concept Note and Programme are available here.

6 October 2021

15.00-16.30 CEST

Please register by 5 October 2021.



Individuals noted on any UN sanctions list (United Nations Security Council Consolidated List) or European Union sanctions list are not allowed to participate in any International IDEA events.


For any questions or queries, please contact interpares@idea.int



Co-organised by INTER PARES INTER PARES | Parliaments in Partnership – EU Global Project to Strengthen the Capacity of Parliaments, International IDEA and the Council of Europe.

Building Peace, Security and Justice through
the Rule of Law and Global Governance

Free Webinar

October 29, 2021, 14:00 – 16:00 (UTC)




Vijay Mahta (UfP): vijay@vmpeace.org
Luiz Bispo (WFM): bispo@wfm-igp.org



  • Mr. Keith Best, Executive Chair, WFM/IGP

  • Mr. Vijay Mehta, Chair, Uniting for Peace

  • Mr. David Swanson, Executive Director, World Beyond War

  • Mr. Stephen Hockman QC, Barrister at Six Pump Court Chambers \

  • Ms. Jennifer Trahan, Professor, New York University’s Center for Global Affairs and Director of Concentration in International Law and Human Rights 

  • Ms. Marjolijn Snippe, Executive Committee Member, WFM/IGP and Founding Member of the Centre for UNConstitutional Research (CUNCR)

  • Ms. Jojo Mehta, Executive Director, Stop Ecocide International

Introduction and Moderator: Sandra Coyle, Executive Director, WFM/IGP

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Office of External Affairs

The Australian Baha'i Community warmly invites you and representatives of your organisation to attend the third annual National Social Cohesion and Inclusion Conference. These conferences aim to explore the approaches, methods and experiences that can guide our country to foster greater social cohesion and inclusion into the future.


See highlights from previous conferences


This past year the global health crisis has affected us all and caused many to reflect on our way of life. We have grown increasingly conscious of how interconnected we are. How does this heightened sense of interconnectedness find expression in our efforts to be a more inclusive and socially cohesive society? How do we move from an acceptance of diversity towards harmonisation? How do we invite the participation of growing numbers in a collective conversation?


Keynote speakers to be announced


Conference details:

Date: 12 October 2021

Time: 10 am - 1 pm AEST


Conference sessions:

Session 1: Inclusion & Diversity (Opening & Keynote Address, and Q&A)
Session 2: Consultation (Panel Discussion and Q&A)
Session 3: Sharing Insights and Experiences (Workshop & Plenary)

Presenters at the forefront of thinking and experience will share insights from which all can benefit to shape future action and refine current endeavours. Ample time has been allocated to enable interaction between the audience and presenters during Q&A. All those attending will be encouraged to actively participate and offer insights and experience during intimate small group discussions as part of the program.


Register to Attend

Registrations Close 1 October 2021

173 Mona Vale Road, Ingleside NSW, Australia

02 9998 9222

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First-ever coral reef world map in high-resolution is ready
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Image: Unsplash/Hiroko Yoshii

The mapping tool allows policymakers, conservationists and the public to understand the coral reef landscape across the world, with the aim of protecting it. Under threat from the climate crisis and coastal development, this coral reef map seeks to help determine which parts of reefs to preserve, and where to restore them too.

The map needed over 450 research teams to produce, and incorporated nearly two million satellite images.

A unique partnership has produced the first-ever high-resolution satellite map of the world's shallow coral reefs.

The Allen Coral Atlas announced its completion Wednesday as a tool that policy makers, conservationists and the general public can use to understand and preserve the world's reefs at a time when they are under increasing threat from the climate crisis and coastal development.

"We're trying to create a kind of moral mirror that we hold up to humanity," Andrew Zolli, vice president of sustainability and global impact at Planet, the company that provides the satellite images for the project, said in a press conference.

This article is published in collaboration with EcoWatch by Olivia Rosane, Freelance Reporter, Ecowatch 15 Sep 2021