Global Institutions

Inspired by our belief in the oneness of humanity, we actively promote a global approach to the challenges facing our planet.

While remaining loyal to Australia, we recognise that our greatest problems cannot be solved by one nation acting alone. We think people of all countries need to work together for the well-being of all humankind and we look for avenues of cooperation with other faiths and organisations.

The Australian Baha'i Community is represented at the United Nations in New York and Geneva by the Baha’i International Community, which has official UN accreditation as the representative of 182 Baha'i national affiliates and acts on behalf of Baha'is worldwide.

The Baha'i International Community participates actively at the UN to promote a universal standard for human rights, the advancement of women, and the promotion of just and equitable means of global prosperity.

We also advocate further reform of the UN and other international institutions in order to better realise the global vision expressed by Baha'u'llah. 

“Let your vision be world-embracing, rather than confined to your own self” – Baha’u’llah

The Australian Baha'i Community has issued statements and makes submissions about the development and reform of the United Nations and other global institutions.

A selection of recent statements is available here.

Submission to the United Nations Associations of Australia's consultation on Australia's role on the UN Security Council

Response to In Larger Freedom: Towards Development, Security and Human Rights for All

Submission to the Inquiry into the 1998 Statute for an International Criminal Court

Submission to the Inquiry into Australia's Relations with the United Nations in the Post Cold War Environment

Turning Point For all Nations: A Statement of the Baha'i International Community on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations