Every year, thousands of people from around the world gather at the United Nations headquarters in New York City to discuss issues related to indigenous peoples. At the 11th Session of the “Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues” held in 2012, the Baha’i International Community (BIC) photographed and recorded a number of participants and compiled this photo-essay. The perspectives shared in this photo-essay represent the views of the interviewees and not of the BIC.
The Baha’i International Community (BIC) is an international non-governmental organization with offices in New York, Geneva and Brussels, with representation to the UN and the European Union, and affiliates in over 180 countries, which together represent over 5 million members of the Baha’i Faith.
The BIC’s engagement with the United Nations dates back to the founding conference of the UN and its predecessor, the League of Nations. As an organization in consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council and with UNICEF, they collaborate with the UN and its specialized agencies, as well as member states, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations.
The work of the Baha’i International Community is guided by the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and the knowledge generated by the worldwide Baha’i community as it endeavors to apply the principles of unity and justice to the betterment of villages, neighborhoods and to society as a whole. They strive to further discourses and processes in the fields of development, human rights, and the equality of women and men by offering those insights and approaches that affirm the importance of the coherence between the material and spiritual aspects of human life.
You can find out more about the Baha’i International Community by visiting their website: www.bic.org