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

International Day of Peace 2021
21 September 2021


2021 Theme: Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world

In 2021, as we heal from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are inspired to think creatively and collectively about how to help everyone recover better, how to build resilience, and how to transform our world into one that is more equal, more just, equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and healthier.

The pandemic is known for hitting the underprivileged and marginalized groups the hardest. By April 2021, over 687 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered globally, but over 100 countries have not received a single dose. People caught in conflict are especially vulnerable in terms of lack of access to healthcare.

In line with the Secretary-General’s appeal for a global ceasefire last March, in February 2021 the Security Council unanimously passed a resolution calling for Member States to support a “sustained humanitarian pause” to local conflicts. The global ceasefire must continue to be honoured, to ensure people caught in conflict have access to lifesaving vaccinations and treatments.


The pandemic has been accompanied by a surge in stigma, discrimination, and hatred, which only cost more lives instead of saving them: the virus attacks all without caring about where we are from or what we believe in. Confronting this common enemy of humankind, we must be reminded that we are not each other’s enemy. To be able to recover from the devastation of the pandemic, we must make peace with one another.

And we must make peace with nature. Despite the travel restrictions and economic shutdowns, climate change is not on pause. What we need is a green and sustainable global economy that produces jobs, reduces emissions, and builds resilience to climate impacts.

The 2021 theme for the International Day of Peace is “Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world”. We invite you to light a candle for peace in your home as we focus on recovering better for a more equitable and peaceful world. Lighting a candle for peace shows that we are united as a global family against acts of hate online and offline, and by spreading compassion, kindness, and hope in the face of the pandemic, and as we recover.

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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.


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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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The end of the 9/11 era
The withdrawal of the US military forces from Afghanistan marks the end of the 9/11 era of US foreign policy. Yet in many ways, the world still lives under the long shadow of the September 11 attacks and the consequences of the War on Terror.

Join us for a conversation with Dr Meghan O’Sullivan, the former special assistant to President George W Bush and later Deputy National Security Advisor on Iraq and Afghanistan. She will speak with Lowy Institute Research Fellow Lydia Khalil about how September 11 has shaped America’s foreign policy stance in the two decades since the attacks - and how it will define global affairs into the future.
Dr Meghan O'Sullivan is the Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs and the Director of the Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard University’s Kennedy School. Dr O’Sullivan was special assistant to President George W. Bush and served as Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan.  

Lydia Khalil is Research Fellow in the West Asia Program at the Lowy Institute and manages its partnership with the Global Network on Extremism & Technology. She was international affairs fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and served as a political advisor for the US Department of Defense in Iraq. She is the editor of the Lowy Institute feature digital debate Did 9/11 change our world?

Registration is essential. Please register here to receive your personal confirmation link.

Broadcast via Zoom:
SYDNEY: Wednesday 8th September | 5:00pm to 6:00pm AEST
TOKYO: Wednesday 8th September | 4:00pm to 5:00pm JST
BEIJING: Wednesday 8th September | 3:00pm to 4:00pm CST
TEL AVIV: Wednesday 8th September | 10:00am to 11:00am IDT
LONDON: Wednesday 8th September | 8:00am to 9:00am BST
WASHINGTON: Wednesday 8th September | 3:00am to 4:00am EDT


All Lowy Institute public events are on the record and open for media attendance.

Watch/listen to recent Lowy Institute events online: 

The withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Biden Doctrine and America’s global role

In conversation with Richard Haass