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The Bahá’ís and the United Nations Organisation

The Bahá’ís and the United Nations Organisation

“The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens”, taught Bahá'u'lláh. In this vein Bahá’ís have always been strong supporters of global collaborative activities, particularly the League of Nations and the UNO. The Bahá’í International Community was granted consultative status with the League in the 1930s and with the UNO from the 1940s.

1.
On 1 February 1947 the Bahá’ís presented a document to the first session of the UN Commission on Human Rights. What was it called?
A Bahá’í declaration of Human Obligations and Rights
Human Rights: a Bahá’í view
Rights and Duties
Towards Universal Human Rights
The declaration stressed that one person’s right is another’s obligation.
2.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the United Nations, in 1995, the Bahá’í International Community presented further suggestions calling upon world leaders to take bold new steps to strengthen the UN. Which of the following were suggested:
The appointment of a Commission to study borders and frontiers, with the aim of the elimination of historical conflicts
Limiting voting rights in the General Assembly to those countries whose governments have been democratically elected
Limiting the exercise of the power of veto on the Security Council
All of the above
This document was part of a broad movement for a review of the UNO for the year 2000. As well as suggestions for charter revisions, it laid great emphasis on the elimination of violence against women, the strengthening of human rights legislation and similar matters.
3.
What does the Bahá’í Media Bank offer?
Money for development
Media development
A collection of Bahá’í digital images
A bank for media entrepreneurs
These images are drawn from activities in Bahá’í communities around the world, and help the viewer to understand the range and diversity of Bahá’í activities.
4.
How many Bahá’ís across the world does the Bahá’í International Community represent?
100,000
650,000
2 million
5 million
There are currently between 5 and 6 million Bahá’ís in the world.
5.
In May 1955 the Bahá’í International Community presented proposals for UN Charter revisions to the United Nations. On behalf of how many national Bahá’í communities were these proposals presented?
3
10
12
180
The big growth in the number of National Assemblies had not yet happened.
6.
What is the name of the newsletter of the Bahá’í International Community?
One Country
The Bahá’í International Community
The BIC Voice
BIC Today
The title “One Country” is taken from Bahá’u’lláh’s “This earth is but one country and mankind its citizens”
7.
With which international organisation does the Bahá’í International Community NOT have consultative status (as of 2014)?
UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund)
Human Rights Council
ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council)
Security Council
Non-Governmental Organisations may not be affiliates of the Security Council, which is the province of states. Within bodies concerned with human rights and economic and social issues, however, there is a lot which religious people can contribute.
8.
What case was presented by the Bahá’ís of Iraq before the (Permanent Mandates Commission of the) League of Nations in 1928?
The case of the Bahá’ís of Iraq
The case of the House of Bahá’u’lláh (the prophet-founder of the Bahá'í Faith) in Baghdad
The case of the Bahá’ís of Iran
The case of a few families in Iraq
The House of Bahá’u’lláh was seized illegally, and the Iraqi authorities gave no indication of a willingness to restore the house, so the Bahá’ís took their case to the League, Iraq not being a colony but a mandate from the League.
9.
How many affiliates (national members) does the Bahá'í International Community have (as of 2014)?
20
75
180
193
Every National Spiritual Assembly, of which there are 180, is an affiliate.
10.
What is the status of the Bahá’í International Community at the UNO?
City State
International Organisation
NGO (non-governmental organisation)
Observer status
The Bahá’ís are seen as a very valuable NGO, since they have local communities all over the world which can be mobilised in support of UN programmes.

 

Author:  National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United Kingdom

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