Bahá'ís and the United Nations

The staff of the Bahá'í International Community's offices in New York
The staff of the Bahá'í International Community's offices in New York, taken in front of the United Nations General Assembly Building.


The Bahá'í Faith teaches that true religion promotes unity, and that unity is the fundamental prerequisite for the achievement of global peace. "The well-being of mankind," Bahá'u'lláh said, "its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established."

Among the measures which the Bahá'í community advocates as contributions to world unity are a federation of nations, an international auxiliary language, the coordination of the world's economy, a universal system of education, a code of human rights for all peoples, an integrated mechanism for global communication, and a universal system of currency, weights and measures.

Believing that the United Nations represents a major effort in the unification of the planet, Bahá'ís have supported its work in every way possible. The Bahá'í International Community is accredited with consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The Community's offices in New York and Geneva and Bahá'ís in many lands regularly participate in conferences, congresses and seminars concerned with the socio-economic life of our planet.

The sufferings which their own fellow believers have experienced as victims of religious persecution have particularly sensitized Bahá'ís to Bahá'u'lláh's teachings on human rights. The Bahá'í International Community participates actively in United Nations consultations dealing with minority rights, the status of women, crime prevention, the control of narcotic drugs, the welfare of children and the family, and the movement toward disarmament.



The Bahá'í International Community and the United Nations

 

The Bahá’í Faith
The official website of the worldwide Bahá’í community.
Bahá’í Reference Library
A website containing authoritative writings and guidance of Bahá’u’lláh, the Báb, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Shoghi Effendi and the Universal House of Justice, as well as other Bahá’í texts.
The Universal House of Justice
An official website of the Bahá’í Faith that provides information about the Universal House of Justice and makes available selected statements and letters which have been written by it or prepared under its supervision.
The Life of Bahá’u’lláh
A photographic narrative of the life of Bahá’u’lláh. Included on this site are pictures of His birthplace, the cities of His exile, the cell in which He was confined for two years, His final resting place, examples of His handwriting, and relics of His life.

National Bahá’í Communities
A page containing links to the websites of many national Bahá’í communities from around the world.
Frontiers of Learning
This film captures the insights and experiences of people from four communities across the world whose efforts to build vibrant communities are at the frontiers of learning.
Arising to Serve
A film recounting highlights of the 41 regional Bahá’í conferences called by the Universal House of Justice in 2008.
Attaining the Dynamics of Growth
A selection of photographs of Bahá’í community life from around the world.

Bahá’í World News Service
The official news website of the worldwide Bahá’í community.
Bahá’í International Community United Nations Office
The official website of the Bahá’í International Community’s Office at the United Nations. The site contains news and information about recent activity and provides access to BIC statements, reports, and other publications.