ACTIVITIES

To know what I have been doing recently, go to Recent Activities below for a month-by-month account. For a summary of my interests, and what I am doing in different organizations, these are described either on sections of this page, or have pages of their own, or both.

Bahá'í Faith
Family
My chalet in the forest
Geneva and my local community
Travel
Professional

ORGANIZATIONS
International Environment Forum
ebbf - Ethical Business Building the Future
UN Environment
European Center for Peace and Development - ECPD
Association for Bahá'í Studies - North America
The Justice Conference
Triglav Circle


RECENT ACTIVITIES

Highlights of my month and my recent activities, regularly updated (most recent first), with links as relevant to other parts of my sites.


November 2017. On 8 November, the Geneva group of ebbf - Ethical Business Building the Future organized its own commemoration of the Bicentenary of the birth of Bahá'u'lláh at the historic Athenée with five participants in their activities who are not Bahá'ís sharing their reflections on the message of Bahá'u'lláh.

audience . Mahmud Samandari presiding

On 21 November I spoke at the celebration of the 25th anniversary of Charles University Environment Center in Prague, Czech Republic

Stare Mesto Square . Arthur Dahl, Mrs and Bedrich Moldan
Central square of old Prague; me with founder of Environment Center Bedrich Moldan and his wife

I was in Nairobi, Kenya, on 30 November to participate in a UN Environment Consultation meeting on engaging with Faith-Based Organizations.

UN Office in Nairobisome participants
UN Office in Nairobi; some participants in the consultation


October 2017. October was a special month, with the celebration of the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá'í Faith. In Geneva, the commemoration was held at the University of Geneva, with representatives of many faiths, and personal reflections on the impact of Bahá'u'lláh on individuals' lives.

interfaith speakers . personal reflectionsAgnes Dahl Farhoumand
Representatives of many faiths praised Bahá'u'lláh; personal reflections on Bahá'u'lláh; reading from Bahá'u'lláh by my daughter Agnès (granddaugher Laleh watching)

There were also trips to Bucharest for an ebbf event and to Belgrade for the annual European Center for Peace and Development conference.

Maggie Lu presentation . Marika and Mika Korhonen, Arthur Dahl . ECPD Round Table
ebbf event; me with Marika and Mika Korhonen from Finland; ECPD Conference in Belgrade City Hall

The autumn colours were a delight this year around my chalet in the forest, and even the chalet was decked in gold.

chalet in goldchalet

September 2017. I went again to the Domaine de la Garde near Bourg-en-Bresse, France, for a gathering on art and spirituality, and also spent two days in Paris for a Partnership on Education and Research about Responsible Living (PERL) thinktank meeting at UNESCO on its future priorities.

Chateau de la Garde . group meeting . me with Friedrich and Margareta
Chateau de la Garde; discussing art and spirituality; me with our hosts


August 2017. I visited my brother and his family in Bulgaria, and then spent a week at the French Bahá'í Summer School south of Angers.

Dahl family in KrupnikBulgarian countrysideBaha'i Summer School
Dahl family in Krupnik; Bulgarian countryside; French Baha'i Summer School

July 2017. I joined the Triglav Circle in the Nievre in central France to discuss rurality and agriculture. We met in one chateau and visited another. Later, with my son and grandchildren from Quebec, we visited the Puy de Fou park in the Vendée region of western France, and spend a day in Paris, after which I visited the Louvre museum.

Chateau de Poussignol . Triglav Circle . Chateau de Quincize
Chateau de Poussignol; Triglav Circle; Chateau de Quincize

coliseum . medieval village . viking attack on medieval village
Puy de Fou park with historical spectacles

Arc de Triomphe . The Louvre . Mona Lisa
Paris and the Louvre


June 2017. I made a short trip to Basel, Switzerland, for the opening of an exposition of Mark Tobey's paintings, including four of my own. Later in the month I spent 12 days with friends in Pontedera, Italy, helping in their beautiful garden, and went for a day to Venice for the Mark Tobey retrospective at the Guggenheim.

Basel old town . Rhine River . Mark Tobey show
Old centre of Basel; Rhine River; Mark Tobey show

Stendardo garden . Venice . Grand Canal
Garden in Pontedera; canals in Venice


May 2017. My main activity was the ebbf - Ethical Business Building the Future spring event near Geneva, where I gave the opening keynote.

audience . Arthur Dahl . Governing Board
Part of the audience; giving my keynote; the newly elected ebbf Governing Board

At my chalet in the forest, I built a new trail along the upper boundary of the western end of my property, which I had previously not been able to reach.

upper trail under construction . me on upper trail under construction . upper trail under construction


April 2017. My travelling started again with a week in the Netherlands to attend the Justice Conference/21st IEF Conference and to give several other talks, including one at Wageningen University (see also IEF conference report).
conference photo . IEF panel . lunch
Conference group photo; the IEF panel; lunch with friends

On Earth Day, 22 April, I joined hundreds of scientists and supporters of science who gathered on the lakeside in Geneva to March for Science.
banner . march . march
Marching for science on the Geneva lakefront


January-March 2017. Again, writing has been my major activity, experimenting with an Internet web format for my new book for young people, preparing another book chapter, and working on some World Bank projects. In January I gave two lectures to the University of Geneva Certificate of Advanced Studies in Sustainable Development, on the origins of Sustainable Development, and on the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals. We also had an ebbf - Ethical Business Building the Future governing board meeting in Geneva. Even with no travel planned until April, life continues to be busy with an increasing number of activities that can be conducted over the Internet.

On 4 March, my daughter Agnès gave birth in Geneva to my grandson Luca Arthur Keyhan Farhoumand, my sixth grandchild.
Luca Arthur Keyhan Farhoumand


December 2016. Since I had a hip-replacement operation on 2 November, I planned for several months without traveling, and could not even drive for almost two months. It was a chance to catch up with writing, including chapters for several academic books, telling, for example, the story of the initial work at the UN on indicators of sustainable development. I did attend the Swiss Baha'i Winter School, 26-30 December, since it was held a short distance from Geneva.

music . children . children pinned hearts on parents
Swiss Baha'i Winter School at Chavannes-de-Bogis with 200 of all ages attending



October 2016. October was the busiest month of the year. On 7-9 October I organized the 20th International Environment Forum annual conference at Nur University in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, on the topic "Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals as communities and individuals". See the report on the IEF web site.

part of audience . Dahl opening keynote . central square
Part of the audience at the IEF Conference at Nur University; panel session; central plaza in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia

The next weekend I was one of 5,000 to attend the dedication of the Baha'i House of Worshop in Santiago, Chile, where I made a short presentation for the Swiss Baha'i Community. This was the fourth such dedication that I have attended, after Wilmette (1953), Panama (1972), and Samoa (1984).

Chile Temple . dedication conference . finding old friends
The new Baha'i House of Worship for South America; part of the audience at the conference; finding old friends from New Caledonia

Then I participated in the Baha'i Autumn Camp in La Chapelle d'Abondance in the French Alps for the fourth time, and gave a presentation on the artist Mark Tobey and the Santiago dedication, since a painting by Tobey inspired the architect to create a temple of light. Finally I went to Belgrade for the annual conference of the European Center on Peace and Development, where I gave a paper.

groupArthur Dahl . speakers
The Baha'i autumn camp; my presentation; Frederico Mayor speaking at the ECPD conference



September 2016. In early September, I participated in an interfaith retreat on everyday spirituality at the Chateau de La Garde, near Bourg-en-Bresse, France, and in late September spent two weeks again with my friends the Stendardos helping with the gardening at their vacation home in Pontadera, Italy.

Group 2016 . group consultation . me with the Stendardos
The interfaith retreat in France; meeting in the garden of the chateau; me with the Stendardos in Italy



August 2016. Most of August was spent writing my next book, completing a first rough draft. The last two weeks, I visited my brother Greg and his family in Hluboka, Czech Republic, where he moved so his children could go to school there. We visited Hluboka Castle, and also went to nearby Ceské Budejovice to give papers at the 3rd International Symposium on Ethics of Environmental Health.

brothers Greg and Arthur . Hluboka Castle . symposium
My brother Greg and I; Hluboka Castle; the symposium




July 2016.
After a quiet June spent mostly writing and teaching, I participated in a Geneva workshop on implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, attended the French Baha'i Summer School near Angers in mid-July, and was involved in a Baha'i-sponsored campaign looking for youth motivated to contribute to community-building activities (when they weren't immersed in Pokemon Go).

speaking at the SDG workshop . French Summer School . preparing to encounter youth
Speaking at the SDG workshop in Geneva; Baha'i Summer School near Angers, France; preparing for youth encounters in Geneva


May 2016. In mid-May I went to Milan for the Spring event and Annual General Meeting of ebbf - Ethical Business Building the Future, on the theme "Consultation, beyond decision-making, a tool for learning". I was again elected to the ebbf Governing Board.

audience . Arthur Dahl commenting . learnshop
Plenaries and workshops at the ebbf learning event

At the end of May I flew to Kuwait for the Vision Gulf Business Conference at a luxurious beach hotel, where I gave two keynotes on "The future of business in a world with a changing climate" and "The UN 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals: challenges and opportunities".

Hamad Al-Hasawi . Arthur Dahl . panel discussion
Vision Gulf Business Conference; my first keynote; the closing panel with fellow ebbf members Wendi Momen and Bayan Salmanpour



April 2016. The first week of April I returned to Pontedera, Italy to help my friends with their new house and garden, and then in mid-April I had a week in Arendal, Norway, for a UNEP writers' sprint to draft new guidelines for Integrated Environmental Assessments.

IEA workshop . Arendal waterfront . view over Arendal
IEA workshop; Arendal, Norway

On 27 April I spoke at a high-level workshop in Geneva on Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals with experts from academia, international agencies and civil society organizations that an IEF member organized.

Joachim Monkelbaan opening the workshop . part of the audience . part of the audience
IEF member Joachim Monkelbaan opening the workshop; part of the audience


March 2016. My only trip in mid-March was to the Netherlands for a week for lectures and participation in a Baha'i-inspired conference on Justice.

gathering at Sylvia's . Justice Conference . giving my keynote
A gathering before one of my lectures; the Justice Conference; giving my keynote


February 2016. In mid-February I was invited by the international student organization AIESEC to participate in their International Presidents Meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, and to give the opening keynote in their Global YouthSpeak Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals. ebbf - Ethical Business Building the Future was featured as a global Partner.
YouthSpeak Forum . YouthSpeak Forum . YouthSpeak Forum ebbf logo 


January 2016. On January 1st, I went to Pontedera, Italy, to help friends settle in to a new home.

Stendardo home . working in the garden . sunset
House and small part of the garden; working in the garden; sunset from the house

I also represented the International Environment Forum at the Geneva Engage conference about using the Internet to increase participation in international meetings.
Geneva Engage . sharing experience . Geneva Engage 

At my chalet in the forest, I completed building a trail down to the lower western corner of my property.

start of the trail down . trail along the lower property line . me on the completed trail 


December 2015. This busy month started with the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris, where I led an International Environment Forum delegation of 11 and spoke in 3 side events in the Climate Generations area and one at the intergovernmental conference. The IEF report is at https://iefworld.org/cop21, and more photos in my photo album. I have written up one paper on "Personal and professional accountability: an ethical challenge".
  a working lunch. IEF event on resilience . Event in Netherlands Pavilion
Part of the IEF team; an IEF panel and part of the audience; another IEF co-sponsored event at the Netherlands Pavilion

I also caught up with old colleagues with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) that I founded 35 years ago.
David Sheppard, Kosi Latu, Arthur Dahl . dinner . IEF team
Three heads of SPREP, outgoing Director-General David Sheppard, incoming Director-General Kosi Latu, founding Coordinator Arthur Dahl; dinner with Baha'i friends; IEF team

I was also able to visit the apartment where 'Abdu'l-Baha, the son of the founder of the Baha'i Faith, stayed when he first went to Paris in 1911 (see separate page).
Apartment of Abdul-Baha . me in apartment of Abdul-Baha . Apartment of Abdul-Baha
Apartment near the Eiffel Tower; me in the apartment; first floor apartment

Shortly after my return from Paris, I was off to Fudan University in Shanghai to join a group of Baha'i researchers in various fields to plan future research strategies (see separate page).
the researchers . Sylvia, Marie, Arthur and Victoria . Shanghai, Bund waterfront
Our group of researchers from the Netherlands, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, England and New Zealand; at Fudan University; the Shanghai waterfront

The month ended with the Swiss Baha'i Winter School in Leysan in the Alps.
Leysan . Arthur Dahl, Sophie Menard, Marlon Walraven-Raming . final evening
The village of Laysan; out for a walk with friends; some of the 215 participants


November 2015. In mid-November I went to Brussels for a EESC/UNEP/EEB Conference on the Sustainable Development Goals, giving a presentation on Europe and the 2030 Agenda: Regional Assessment, and at the end of the month I made a short trip to Vienna for a research meeting on education for sustainable living. I prepared a paper for UNEP on values and sustainability education, and spent a lot of time planning events that the International Environment Forum will put on at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December. At the end of the month I took part in the Peoples' Climate March in Geneva with about 5,000 others calling for action at the Paris conference.

Brussells conference . Vienna workshop . Geneva climate march
Speaking in Brussels on the SDGs; the Vienna workshop on education for sustainable living; Geneva Peoples' Climate March



October 2015. October was a busy month, but not always with time to take pictures. It started with the ebbf - Ethical Business Building the Future annual conference in Barcelona. The second week I went to Frankfurt to give a talk on the implications of climate change for society and the economy, before continuing on to Davos, Switzerland, for the World Resources Forum and a meeting of the UNEP International Resources Panel where I was an invited consultant. At the end of the month I returned to Belgrade for the annual conference of the European Center for Peace and Development and presented a paper on "The Sustainable Development Goals and their implications for the Western Balkans".

Arthur Dahl . ebbf Governing Board . informal discussions
Keynoting at the ebbf annual conference in Barcelona; the ebbf Governing Board; informal discussions

autumn colours at my chalet . autumn colours . chalet
The autumn colours around my chalet were beautiful this year, and provided a welcome change from all my travels



September 2015. I gave a Wilmette Institute webinar on "The Transition to Sustainability" on 6 September. The University of Geneva Global Environmental Policy Programme held its Executive Summer School the first two weeks of September. I was one of three panelists for a public Policy Dialogue on implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (video on https://vimeo.com/138195156), gave two morning lectures on ethics and environmental policy, and chaired the final discussion on the science-policy interface. Then I went to UNEP headquarters in Nairobi for the GEO6 authors' "book sprint" to write the regional Global Environment Outlook assessments in a week. At the end of the month I was busy initiating the organization of three events for the International Environment Forum as part of the December UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, after approval was received from the secretariat.

UNON main entrance . UNON courtyard . new UNEP building
The United Nations Office in Nairobi campus where I used to work is set in extensive gardens, with buildings separated by lawns and trees


August 2015. The first week I went to the German Baha'i Summer School in Tambach, where I helped to teach, and had a chance to get to know the German Baha'i community, as well as some of the surrounding area of Thüringen. We also prepared IEF proposals for events at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December, and I worked on the GEO6 report. The rest of the month was a quieter time in Geneva and at my chalet.

Lutherbrunnen (spring) . Schmalkalden . Schloss WIlhelmsburg first courtyard
Martin Luther's spring in Tambach; Schmalkalden; Wilhelmsburg Castle in Schmalkalden


July 2015. July was a quiet month, with only one week in mid-July at the French Baha'i Summer School near Angers, with 400 participants including 40 from Suisse Romande (French-speaking Switzerland). I was able to catch up with the backlog from my month of traveling in June, and do some important maintenance at my chalet. I also started work as a coordinating lead author for the UNEP Global Environment Outook 6 (GEO6) regional report on Europe.


June 2015. June started with a UNEP workshop in Baku, Azerbaijan, that I facilitated.
Baku . Baku . workshop Views of Baku, Views of Baku, and the opening of the UNEP workshop

I then spent a week at the Domaine de la Garde near Bourg-en-Bresse, France, on nature and spirituality, with representatives of various religions.

Chateau de la Garde . group . group in session
Chateau de la Garde, where the group gathered for a week on nature and spirituality; one of the sessions

Then I left immediately for Haifa, Israel, for consultations and an opportunity to visit the Baha'i Shrines and gardens at the Baha'i World Centre.

terraces and Shrine . Shrine of the Bab . me at the Shrine

The month concluded with the Global Ethics Forum in Geneva, where I represented the International Environment Forum.
Christoph Stuckelberger . audience . Mayor of Geneva
Prof. Christoph Stückelberger, founder of GEF; part of the audience; address by the Mayor of Geneva, Madame Esther Alder


May 2015. The first of May, my mother-in-law Francine Caillard passed away at her home in Brittany, so the extended family gathered for the funeral and to share memories of a wonderful woman who had raised 8 children, with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and even great-great-grandchildren.

Francine Caillard ne de Moor
Francine de Moor, épouse de Claude Caillard
3 December 1919 - 1 May 2015

gathering in Plomodiern . gathering in Plomodiern
Family and friends gathered at the Caillard home to share memories of Francine

gathering in Plomodiern, Martine . gathering in Plomodiern
My wife Martine (left, centre) at the gathering of family and friends

Some recent pictures of my Geneva grandchildren.
Agnes and Laleh . Lia
My daughter Agnes and Laleh; Lia

At the end of the month, I attended the ebbf - Ethical Business Building the Future spring event near Lisbon, Portugal.
consultation . spring event
Pre-event consultation; one of the sessions at the ebbf event


April 2015. In mid-April I returned to Paris for an expert meeting on marine and coastal resources at UNEP's Paris office to scope out emerging issues for the International Resource Panel. We also had dinner at a lovely Art Nouveau restaurant near the Saint Lazare train station.
restaurant across the street . art nouveau interior . expert meeting on marine resources
Paris; Art Nouveau interior of the restaurant; the expert meeting at UNEP

Spring is also a wonderful time to enjoy the wildflowers in my forest.
primrose . Arum . Paris quadrifolia


March 2015. I spent 5 days in Paris at the PERL International Conference and 19th IEF Annual Conference, where I organized a symposium and gave a paper on "A Multi-level Approach to Ethics, Service and Responsible Living" (see separate page). We also visited the French Senate.
Paris from UNESCO . Paris . Senate salle de conférence
Paris as seen from UNESCO; the French Senate salle des conférences

My paper "Ethics in Sustainability Education", was published in Responsible Living: Concepts, Education and Future Perspectives, edited by Victoria W. Thoresen, Robert J. Didham, Jorgen Klein and Declan Doyle, Springer, Switzerland, 2015. pp. 27-40. The PERL values-based learning toolkits for secondary schools prepared by a workgroup that I chaired were also published and launched at the PERL conference.

I also completed the final sections of the trail at the bottom of my ravine to make a complete circuit (see life at Brameloup and activity pages).
looking down on trail along ravine bottom . trail up from the ravine bottom . me on the trail along the ravine bottom
Looking down on the trail along the ravine bottom; trail up the ravine; me on the trail with remaining horizontal tree trunks

trail in ravine . trail in ravine . me on trail
The last 15 meters of trail along the steep slope were the most difficult to construct with treetrunks anchored to the slope

February 2015. On 10 February, I was invited to lecture to the Geneva CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Meetup at one of the more prestigious Geneva hotels. The topic was "The impact of climate change on the global economy" and led to a stimulating discussion. Then I spent a week at the French Baha'i Winter Camp in La Chapelle d'Abondance in the French Alps (see separate page), where I gave two courses, before going at the end of the month to Madrid for lectures at the EOI Business School on "40 Years of International Sustainability Governance", the Nehal Foundation, and the Baha'i community of Madrid on "Ecological and Economic Principles for a New World Order".

Arthur Dahl at CSR Meetup. part of the audience . Lecturing in Madrid
Lecturing to the CSR Meetup in Geneva; part of the audience; lecturing in Madrid

French Winter Camp
French Baha'i Winter Camp, La Chapelle d'Abondance

Chalet Olinga . view of the valley . lecturing at the Winter Camp
Chalet Olinga; view down into the valley; lecturing at the Winter Camp


January 2015. With no international travel, this was a relatively quiet month alternating Baha'i activities, work on different projects in Geneva, and time at my chalet continuing the construction of new trails in my steep ravine. We had a meeting of the ebbf (Ethical Business Building the Future) governing board, and a successful one-day event on gender diversity in Geneva. The University of Geneva/UNEP MOOC (massive open online course) on Climate Change Adaptation for Small Island Developing States, to which I contributed 8 lectures on the special problems of SIDS, started on Coursera on 26 January with 8,000 participants.

I continued trail making despite the cold weather, and finally reached the bottom of the ravine (more details at trail making).
extending the new trail . looking up switchbacks 5,4,3,2 . sixth and seventh switchbacks around a tree
Trail construction down the steep ravine near my chalet on a 45° slope, with 7 switchbacks to the bottom


December 2014. The big news was the arrival of my granddaughter Laleh in Geneva on 20 December.
Martine, Laleh, Agnes, Bahador . Martine and Laleh . happy parents
Martine, Laleh, Agnes and Bahador; my wife Martine with Laleh; happy parents Agnes and Bahador

Laleh . Yasmin, Laleh and Lia . Bahador and Lia
Laleh Manon Farhoumand two days old; Bahador's cousin Yasmin, Laleh and Laleh's older sister Lia; Bahador and Lia

I also prepared a report for UNEP on integrating the Sustainable Development Goals into their European work programme, which you can download at http://yabaha.net/dahl/papers/Dahl2015a_UNEP_ROE.pdf.

Trail construction in my ravine continued, reaching more than half way down the steep slope by the end of the month.
me working on the first switchback . four switchbacks from the bottom . me starting the fourth switchback
Carving a trail down a 45° slope taking advantage of trees and other natural features is an interesting challenge

At the end of December, I helped to organize and attended the Swiss Baha'i Winter School in Einsiedeln, Schwyz (see separate page)
Swiss Baha'i Winter School



November 2014. I spent 10 days in Bulgaria over Thanksgiving visiting my brother and his family and celebrating the twins' sixteenth birthday.
birthday party . birthday party . Joyce and Gregory
Joyce, Emi, Gregory and Mina Dahl; my brother Greg and family; the twins Joyce and Gregory at sixteen

I also had chapters published in two academic books: "Putting the Individual at the Centre of Development: Indicators of Well-being for a New Social Contract" in Transitions to Sustainability, and "Sustainability and Values Assessment in Higher Education" in Sustainable Development and Quality Assurance in Higher Education: Transformation of Learning and Society. For more details, see my bibliography.



October 2014. The month opened with the ebbf - Ethical Business Building the Future annual conference in Barcelona, and ended with the European Center for Peace and Development international conference in Belgrade.
ebbf board . Belgrade . Danube and Sava Rivers
I was reelected to the ebbf Governing Board; downtown Belgrade; the Danube and Sava Rivers from Belgrade Fortress

I finished a report for the World Bank on Equality of Opportunity for Global Prosperity, designing a census of national discriminatory legislation, and started again teaching in the University of Geneva Certificate of Advanced Studies in Sustainable Development.

As the fine weather continued, so did my trail building down the ravine next to my chalet.
trail in ravine . trail under construction . maple in color
Trails down the ravine at my chalet; under construction on a steep slope with tree trunks for support; autumn colours in front of my chalet



September 2014. I was unable to attend the 3rd UN Conference on Small Island Developing States in Apia, Samoa, much to my regret, but I did have substantive inputs to the conference. In addition to the UNEP report on Emerging Issues for Small Island Developing States that I helped to write earlier this year, the UNEP Global Environment Outlook (GEO) for Small Island Developing States was launched in Apia on 2 September, including major parts that I drafted at the authors' meeting in July.

The nice weather encouraged me to start building another trail through the forest near my chalet, along the side of a steep ravine. Trail making has always been on of my favourite activities.
new trail . new trail . building new trail

On 21 September I took part in the People's Climate March in Geneva, in support of the big march of 400,000 in New York.
People's Climate March . People's Climate March . People's Climate March
The front of the Geneva People's Climate march in the city centre, along the lakeside, and at the Palais des Nations


August 2014 was mostly spent in Canada, first giving three papers at the Association for Baha'i Studies - North America and International Environment Forum Conference in Toronto, on "Natural sciences and society", "Addressing sustainability challenges: a framework for material and spiritual transformation", and "Introducing Baha'i principles to United Nations dialogues and conferences".
ABS Toronto
ABS plenary

Then I visited my son Alex and his family in Quebec, including participating in the Quebec Baha'i Summer School.
Alex, Nalah and Mahalia . Mahalia, Bemji, Alie, Nalah
The Gagnon-Dahl family in Quebec

Quebec Summer School
Quebec Baha'i Summer School

At the end of the month, my brother Greg and his family from Bulgaria visited Geneva. They came for lunch and a walk at my chalet in nearby France, and breakfasted with my daugher Agnes and family.
Greg Dahl family at chalet . Bahador, Lia and Agnes Dahl-Farhoumand
The Greg Dahl family at my chalet, and the Farhoumand-Dahl family in Geneva

I am now working on another World Bank project to help design an inventory of national legislation that discriminates on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation, and anti-discriminatory efforts.


In July 2014, I gave a paper on "Healing our relationship with nature" at the International Peace Seminar in Walenstadt, Switzerland.
International Peace Seminar . Wallenstadt
International Peace Seminar; Walenstadt

I also took part in a week-long UNEP author's meeting in Geneva to prepare the Global Environment Outlook (GEO) for Small Island Developing States, to be launched at the UN Conference in Apia, Samoa, in September.

Then I flew to California to join my brother Greg and his family for two weeks on the Monterey Peninsula where we grew up, hiking in some of the beautiful natural areas.
Greg Dahl family . Pt. Lobos . Garland Park
Greg Dahl family in California; at Point Lobos; in Carmel Valley


In June 2014, I went to China for the first time to give a paper on "The ethics of hope: values as positive drivers for a sustainable future" at the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption in Shanghai.
GRF SPC . Fudan University
Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption; Fudan University

I also gave a paper on "Humanity and nature" at a small Triglav Circle meeting near Neuchatel, Switzerland, and was the closing speaker on "Ethics for a sustainable economy" at an Ethics Expo in Mantua, Italy.
Triglav Circle . Mantua
Triglav Circle; Mantua, Italy

The UNEP foresight report on Emerging Issues for Small Island Developing States, to which I contributed, was published in June.


ACTIVITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS

Bahá'í Faith

For general information on the Bahá'í Faith and Bahá'u'lláh, go to the Bahá'í page. I often give talks in Bahá'í communities, and attend Bahá'í summer and winter schools.

October 2017 was a special month, with the celebration of the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá'í Faith. In Geneva, the commemoration was held at the University of Geneva, with representatives of many faiths, and personal reflections on the impact of Bahá'u'lláh on individuals' lives.

interfaith speakers . personal reflectionsAgnes Dahl Farhoumand
Representatives of many faiths praised Bahá'u'lláh; personal reflections on Bahá'u'lláh; reading from Bahá'u'lláh by my daughter Agnès (granddaugher Laleh watching)

The celebration continued on 8 November 2017, when the Geneva group of ebbf - Ethical Business Building the Future organized its own commemoration of the Bicentenary of the birth of Bahá'u'lláh at the historic Athenée with five participants in their activities who are not Bahá'ís sharing their reflections on the message of Bahá'u'lláh.

audience . Mahmud Samandari presiding

In September 2017, I went again to the Domaine de la Garde near Bourg-en-Bresse, France, for a gathering on art and spirituality.

Chateau de la Garde . group meeting . me with Friedrich and Margareta
Chateau de la Garde; discussing art and spirituality; me with our hosts

In August 2017 I spent a week at the French Bahá'í Summer School south of Angers.

Baha'i Summer School
French Baha'i Summer School

On 26-30 December 2016, I attended the Swiss Baha'i Winter School, held a short distance from Geneva.

music . children . children pinned hearts on parents
Swiss Baha'i Winter School at Chavannes-de-Bogis with 200 of all ages attending

In mid-October 2016, I was one of 5,000 to attend the dedication of the Baha'i House of Worshop in Santiago, Chile, where I made a short presentation for the Swiss Baha'i Community. This was the fourth such dedication that I have attended, after Wilmette (1953), Panama (1972), and Samoa (1984).

Chile Temple . dedication conference . finding old friends
The new Baha'i House of Worship for South America; part of the audience at the conference; finding old friends from New Caledonia

Then I participated in the Baha'i Autumn Camp in La Chapelle d'Abondance in the French Alps for the fourth time, and gave a presentation on the artist Mark Tobey and the Santiago dedication, since a painting by Tobey inspired the architect to create a temple of light.

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The Baha'i autumn camp; my presentation

In early September 2016, I participated in an interfaith retreat on everyday spirituality at the Chateau de La Garde, near Bourg-en-Bresse, France.

Group 2016 . group consultation
The interfaith retreat in France; meeting in the garden of the chateau

In July 2016, I attended the French Baha'i Summer School near Angers in mid-July, and was involved in a Baha'i-sponsored campaign looking for youth motivated to contribute to community-building activities (when they weren't immersed in Pokemon Go).

French Summer School . preparing to encounter youth
Baha'i Summer School near Angers, France; preparing for youth encounters in Geneva

During the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015, I was able to visit the apartment where 'Abdu'l-Baha, the son of the founder of the Baha'i Faith, stayed when he first went to Paris in 1911 (see separate page).
Apartment of Abdul-Baha . me in apartment of Abdul-Baha . Apartment of Abdul-Baha
Apartment near the Eiffel Tower; me in the apartment; first floor apartment

At the end of December 2015, I participated in the Swiss Baha'i Winter School in Leysan in the Alps.
Leysan . Arthur Dahl, Sophie Menard, Marlon Walraven-Raming . final evening
The village of Laysan; out for a walk with friends; some of the 215 participants

The second week of October 2015, I went to Frankfurt at the invitation of Baha'is to give a talk on the implications of climate change for society and the economy.

The first week of August 2015, I went to the German Baha'i Summer School in Tambach, where I helped to teach, and had a chance to get to know the German Baha'i community, as well as some of the surrounding area of Thüringen.

Lutherbrunnen (spring) . Schmalkalden . Schloss WIlhelmsburg first courtyard
Martin Luther's spring in Tambach; Schmalkalden; Wilhelmsburg Castle in Schmalkalden

I had one week in mid-July 2015 at the French Baha'i Summer School near Angers, with 400 participants including 40 from Suisse Romande (French-speaking Switzerland).

In June 2015, I spent a week at the Domaine de la Garde near Bourg-en-Bresse, France, on nature and spirituality, with representatives of various religions.

Chateau de la Garde . group . group in session
Chateau de la Garde, where the group gathered for a week on nature and spirituality; one of the sessions

Then I left immediately for Haifa, Israel, for consultations and an opportunity to visit the Baha'i Shrines and gardens at the Baha'i World Centre.

terraces and Shrine . Shrine of the Bab . me at the Shrine

In February 2015 I spent a week at the French Baha'i Winter Camp in La Chapelle d'Abondance in the French Alps (see separate page), where I gave two courses.

French Winter Camp
French Baha'i Winter Camp, La Chapelle d'Abondance

Chalet Olinga . view of the valley . lecturing at the Winter Camp
Chalet Olinga; view down into the valley; lecturing at the Winter Camp

Also in February, I went to Madrid for lectures at the Nehal Foundation and the Baha'i community of Madrid on "Ecological and Economic Principles for a New World Order".

Lecturing in Madrid
Lecturing in Madrid

At the end of December 2014, I helped to organize and attended the Swiss Baha'i Winter School in Einsiedeln, Schwyz (see separate page)
Swiss Baha'i Winter School

While in Canada in August 2014, I participated in the Quebec Baha'i Summer School.

Quebec Summer School
Quebec Baha'i Summer School

In July 2014, I gave a paper on "Healing our relationship with nature" at the International Peace Seminar in Walenstadt, Switzerland.
International Peace Seminar . Wallenstadt
International Peace Seminar; Walenstadt


Family

There is a separate photo album for my family.

In August 2017, I visited my brother and his family in Bulgaria.

Dahl family in KrupnikBulgarian countryside
Dahl family in Krupnik; Bulgarian countryside

In July 2017, my son and grandchildren from Quebec came to France, and we visited the Puy de Fou park in the Vendée region of western France, and spend a day in Paris, after which I visited the Louvre museum.

coliseum . medieval village . viking attack on medieval village
Puy de Fou park with historical spectacles

Arc de Triomphe . The Louvre . Mona Lisa
Paris and the Louvre

On 4 March 2017, my daughter Agnès gave birth in Geneva to my grandson Luca Arthur Keyhan Farhoumand, my sixth grandchild.
Luca Arthur Keyhan Farhoumand

The last two weeks of August 2016, I visited my brother Greg and his family in Hluboka, Czech Republic, where he moved so his children could go to school there. We visited Hluboka Castle, and also went to nearby Ceské Budejovice to give papers at the 3rd International Symposium on Ethics of Environmental Health.

brothers Greg and Arthur . Hluboka Castle . symposium
My brother Greg and I; Hluboka Castle; the symposium

The first of May 2015, my mother-in-law Francine Caillard passed away at her home in Brittany, so the extended family gathered for the funeral and to share memories of a wonderful woman who had raised 8 children, with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and even great-great-grandchildren.

Francine Caillard ne de Moor
Francine de Moor, épouse de Claude Caillard
3 December 1919 - 1 May 2015

gathering in Plomodiern . gathering in Plomodiern
Family and friends gathered at the Caillard home to share memories of Francine

gathering in Plomodiern, Martine . gathering in Plomodiern
My wife Martine (left, centre) at the gathering of family and friends

Some 2015 pictures of my Geneva grandchildren.

Agnes and Laleh . Lia
My daughter Agnes and Laleh; Lia

December 2014 saw the arrival of my granddaughter Laleh in Geneva on 20 December.
Martine, Laleh, Agnes, Bahador . Martine and Laleh . happy parents
Martine, Laleh, Agnes and Bahador; my wife Martine with Laleh; happy parents Agnes and Bahador

Laleh . Yasmin, Laleh and Lia . Bahador and Lia
Laleh Manon Farhoumand two days old; Bahador's cousin Yasmin, Laleh and Laleh's older sister Lia; Bahador and Lia

In November 2014 I spent 10 days in Bulgaria over Thanksgiving visiting my brother and his family and celebrating the twins' sixteenth birthday.
birthday party . birthday party . Joyce and Gregory
Joyce, Emi, Gregory and Mina Dahl; my brother Greg and family; the twins Joyce and Gregory at sixteen

I went to Canada in August 2014 to visit my son Alex and his family in Quebec, including participating in the Quebec Baha'i Summer School.
Alex, Nalah and Mahalia . Mahalia, Bemji, Alie, Nalah
The Gagnon-Dahl family in Quebec

Quebec Summer School
Quebec Baha'i Summer School

At the end of August, my brother Greg and his family from Bulgaria visited Geneva. They came for lunch and a walk at my chalet in nearby France, and breakfasted with my daugher Agnes and family.
Greg Dahl family at chalet . Bahador, Lia and Agnes Dahl-Farhoumand
The Greg Dahl family at my chalet, and the Farhoumand-Dahl family in Geneva

In July 2014 I flew to California to join my brother Greg and his family for two weeks on the Monterey Peninsula where we grew up, hiking in some of the beautiful natural areas.
Greg Dahl family . Pt. Lobos . Garland Park
Greg Dahl family in California; at Point Lobos; in Carmel Valley


My chalet in the forest

There is a whole section of this site on my chalet. Here I only describe some recent activities.

The autumn colours in October 2017 were a delight around my chalet in the forest, and even the chalet was decked in gold.

chalet in gold . chalet

In May 2017, I built a new trail along the upper boundary of the western end of my property, which I had previously not been able to reach.

upper trail under construction . me on upper trail under construction . upper trail under construction

At my chalet in the forest in January 2016, I completed building a trail down to the lower western corner of my property.

start of the trail down . trail along the lower property line . me on the completed trail

In October 2015 the forest put on its autumn colours around my chalet.

autumn colours at my chalet . autumn colours . chalet

Spring 2015 was a wonderful time to enjoy the wildflowers in my forest.
primrose . Arum . Paris quadrifolia

In March 2015 I completed the final sections of the trail at the bottom of my ravine to make a complete circuit (see life at Brameloup and activity pages).
looking down on trail along ravine bottom . trail up from the ravine bottom . me on the trail along the ravine bottom
Looking down on the trail along the ravine bottom; trail up the ravine; me on the trail with remaining horizontal tree trunks

trail in ravine . trail in ravine . me on trail
The last 15 meters of trail along the steep slope were the most difficult to construct with treetrunks anchored to the slope

In January 2015 I continued the construction of new trails in my steep ravine despite the cold weather, and finally reached the bottom of the ravine (more details at trail making).

extending the new trail . looking up switchbacks 5,4,3,2 . sixth and seventh switchbacks around a tree
Trail construction down the steep ravine near my chalet on a 45° slope, with 7 switchbacks to the bottom

Trail construction in my ravine continued in December 2014, reaching more than half way down the steep slope by the end of the month.
me working on the first switchback . four switchbacks from the bottom . me starting the fourth switchback
Carving a trail down a 45° slope taking advantage of trees and other natural features is an interesting challenge

As the fine weather continued in October 2014, so did my trail building down the ravine next to my chalet.
trail in ravine . trail under construction . maple in color
Trails down the ravine at my chalet; under construction on a steep slope with tree trunks for support; autumn colours in front of my chalet

The nice weather in September 2014 encouraged me to start building another trail through the forest near my chalet, along the side of a steep ravine. Trail making has always been on of my favourite activities.
new trail . new trail . building new trail


Geneva and my local community

Descriptions of where I live are on the Geneva and Vernier pages.

On Earth Day, 22 April 2017, I joined hundreds of scientists and supporters of science who gathered on the lakeside in Geneva to March for Science.
banner . march . march
Marching for science on the Geneva lakefront

In July 2016, I participated in a Geneva workshop on implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.

speaking at the SDG workshop
Speaking at the SDG workshop

On 27 April 2016 I spoke at a high-level workshop in Geneva on Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals with experts from academia, international agencies and civil society organizations that an IEF member organized.

Joachim Monkelbaan opening the workshop . part of the audience . part of the audience
IEF member Joachim Monkelbaan opening the workshop; part of the audience

At the end of November 2015, I took part in a second Peoples' Climate March in Geneva with about 5,000 others calling for action at the Paris Climate Change conference.

Geneva climate march
Geneva Peoples' Climate March

The University of Geneva Global Environmental Policy Programme held its Executive Summer School the first two weeks of September 2015. I was one of three panelists for a public Policy Dialogue on implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (video on https://vimeo.com/138195156), gave two morning lectures on ethics and environmental policy, and chaired the final discussion on the science-policy interface.

On 21 September 2014 I took part in the People's Climate March in Geneva, in support of the big march of 400,000 in New York.
People's Climate March . People's Climate March . People's Climate March
The front of the Geneva People's Climate march in the city centre, along the lakeside, and at the Palais des Nations


Professional

In retirement, I still have occasional consultancies and participate in international conferences. I still frequently collaborate with my former employer UN Environment (UNEP) as described below.


International Environment Forum

I helped to found, and serve as President of, this Bahá'í-inspired professional organization, which has its own complete web site.

I was at UN Environment headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, on 30 November 2017 where IEF was invited to participate in a UN Environment Consultation meeting on engaging with Faith-Based Organizations, representing the Bahá'í Faith.

UN Office in Nairobisome participants
UN Office in Nairobi; some participants in the consultation

In April 2017, I spent a week in the Netherlands to attend the Justice Conference/21st IEF Conference and to give several other talks, including one at Wageningen University (see also IEF conference report).
conference photo . IEF panel . lunch
Conference group photo; the IEF panel; lunch with friends

On 7-9 October 2016, I organized the 20th International Environment Forum annual conference at Nur University in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, on the topic "Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals as communities and individuals". See the report on the IEF web site.

part of audience . Dahl opening keynote . central square
Part of the audience at the IEF Conference at Nur University; panel session; central plaza in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia

On 27 April 2016 I spoke at a high-level workshop in Geneva on Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals with experts from academia, international agencies and civil society organizations that an IEF member organized.

Joachim Monkelbaan opening the workshop . part of the audience . part of the audience
IEF member Joachim Monkelbaan opening the workshop; part of the audience

In January 2016, I represented the International Environment Forum at the Geneva Engage conference about using the Internet to increase participation in international meetings.

Geneva Engage . sharing experience . Geneva Engage 

December 2015 was a busy month, starting with the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris, where I led an International Environment Forum delegation of 11 and spoke in 3 side events in the Climate Generations area and one at the intergovernmental conference. The IEF report is at https://iefworld.org/cop21, and more photos in my photo album. I have written up one paper on "Personal and professional accountability: an ethical challenge".

a working lunch. IEF event on resilience . Event in Netherlands Pavilion
Part of the IEF team; an IEF panel and part of the audience; another IEF co-sponsored event at the Netherlands Pavilion

I also caught up with old colleagues with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) that I founded 35 years ago.
David Sheppard, Kosi Latu, Arthur Dahl . dinner . IEF team
Three heads of SPREP, outgoing Director-General David Sheppard, incoming Director-General Kosi Latu, founding Coordinator Arthur Dahl; dinner with Baha'i friends; IEF team

Shortly after my return from Paris, I was off to Fudan University in Shanghai to join a group of Baha'i researchers in various fields to plan future research strategies (see separate page).
the researchers . Sylvia, Marie, Arthur and Victoria . Shanghai, Bund waterfront
Our group of researchers from the Netherlands, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, England and New Zealand; at Fudan University; the Shanghai waterfront

In late November 2015, I made a short trip to Vienna for a research meeting on education for sustainable living with PERL and other partners.

Vienna workshop
The Vienna workshop on education for sustainable living

On 6 September 2015, I gave a Wilmette Institute webinar on "The Transition to Sustainability". The University of Geneva Global Environmental Policy Programme held its Executive Summer School the first two weeks of September. I was one of three panelists for a public Policy Dialogue on implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (video on https://vimeo.com/138195156), gave two morning lectures on ethics and environmental policy, and chaired the final discussion on the science-policy interface. At the end of the month I was busy initiating the organization of three events for the International Environment Forum as part of the December UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, after approval was received from the secretariat.

The Global Ethics Forum was held in Geneva in June 2015, where I represented the International Environment Forum.

Christoph Stuckelberger . audience . Mayor of Geneva
Prof. Christoph Stückelberger, founder of GEF; part of the audience; address by the Mayor of Geneva, Madame Esther Alder

In March 2015, I spent 5 days in Paris at the PERL International Conference and 19th IEF Annual Conference, where I organized a symposium and gave a paper on "A Multi-level Approach to Ethics, Service and Responsible Living" (see separate page). We also visited the French Senate.
Paris from UNESCO . Paris . Senate salle de conférence
Paris as seen from UNESCO; the French Senate salle des conférences

My paper "Ethics in Sustainability Education", was published in Responsible Living: Concepts, Education and Future Perspectives, edited by Victoria W. Thoresen, Robert J. Didham, Jorgen Klein and Declan Doyle, Springer, Switzerland, 2015. pp. 27-40. The PERL values-based learning toolkits for secondary schools prepared by a workgroup that I chaired were also published and launched at the PERL conference.

I went to Canada in August 2014 to give three papers at the Association for Baha'i Studies - North America and International Environment Forum Conference in Toronto, on "Natural sciences and society", "Addressing sustainability challenges: a framework for material and spiritual transformation", and "Introducing Baha'i principles to United Nations dialogues and conferences".

ABS Toronto
ABS plenary

In June 2014, I went to China for the first time to give a paper on "The ethics of hope: values as positive drivers for a sustainable future" at the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption at Fudan University in Shanghai.
GRF SPC . Fudan University
Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption; Fudan University



ebbf - Ethical Business Building the Future

I have long been on the Governing Board of this Bahá'í-inspired organization bringing values into business and the workplace. See also its web site.

On 8 November 2017, the Geneva group of ebbf - Ethical Business Building the Future organized its own commemoration of the Bicentenary of the birth of Bahá'u'lláh at the historic Athenée with five participants in their activities who are not Bahá'ís sharing their reflections on the message of Bahá'u'lláh.

audience . Mahmud Samandari presiding

In October 2017 I went to Bucharest for the ebbf event.

Maggie Lu presentation . Marika and Mika Korhonen, Arthur Dahl . ECPD Round Table
ebbf event; me with Marika and Mika Korhonen from Finland; ECPD Conference in Belgrade City Hall

May 2017 saw the ebbf - Ethical Business Building the Future spring event near Geneva, where I gave the opening keynote.

audience . Arthur Dahl . Governing Board
Part of the audience; giving my keynote; the newly elected ebbf Governing Board

In May 2016, I went to Milan for the Spring event and Annual General Meeting of ebbf - Ethical Business Building the Future, on the theme "Consultation, beyond decision-making, a tool for learning". I was again elected to the ebbf Governing Board.

audience . Arthur Dahl commenting . learnshop
Plenaries and workshops at the ebbf learning event

At the end of May I flew to Kuwait for the Vision Gulf Business Conference at a luxurious beach hotel, where I gave two keynotes on "The future of business in a world with a changing climate" and "The UN 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals: challenges and opportunities".

Hamad Al-Hasawi . Arthur Dahl . panel discussion
Vision Gulf Business Conference; my first keynote; the closing panel with fellow ebbf members Wendi Momen and Bayan Salmanpour

In mid-February 2016 I was invited by the international student organization AIESEC to participate in their International Presidents Meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, and to give the opening keynote in their Global YouthSpeak Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals. ebbf - Ethical Business Building the Future was featured as a global Partner.
YouthSpeak Forum . YouthSpeak Forum . YouthSpeak Forum ebbf logo 

October 2015 was again time for the ebbf - Ethical Business Building the Future annual conference in Barcelona.

Arthur Dahl . ebbf Governing Board . informal discussions
Keynoting at the ebbf annual conference in Barcelona; the ebbf Governing Board; informal discussions

At the end of May 2015, I attended the ebbf - Ethical Business Building the Future spring event near Lisbon, Portugal.

consultation . spring event
Pre-event consultation; one of the sessions at the ebbf event

On 10 February 2015, I was invited to lecture to the Geneva CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Meetup at one of the more prestigious Geneva hotels. The topic was "The impact of climate change on the global economy" and led to a stimulating discussion, before going at the end of the month to Madrid for lectures at the EOI Business School on "40 Years of International Sustainability Governance", the Nehal Foundation, and the Baha'i community of Madrid on "Ecological and Economic Principles for a New World Order".

Arthur Dahl at CSR Meetup. part of the audience . Lecturing in Madrid
Lecturing to the CSR Meetup in Geneva; part of the audience; lecturing in Madrid

In January 2015, we had a meeting of the ebbf (Ethical Business Building the Future) governing board, and a successful one-day event on gender diversity in Geneva.

In October 2014 as usual, the month opened with the ebbf - Ethical Business Building the Future annual conference in Barcelona.
ebbf board
I was reelected to the ebbf Governing Board

In June 2014 I was the closing speaker on "Ethics for a sustainable economy" at an Ethics Expo in Mantua, Italy.
Mantua
Mantua, Italy



UN Environment

I have been involved with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), now UN Environment, since the Stockholm Conference in 1972 where it was founded, and spent the last part of my career there, so they still call on me from time to time.

I was in Nairobi, Kenya, on 30 November 2017 to participate in a UN Environment Consultation meeting on engaging with Faith-Based Organizations.

UN Office in Nairobisome participants
UN Office in Nairobi; some participants in the consultation

UN Environment invited me to prepare a paper on Why should the UN and in particular UN Environment Engage More with Faith-based Organizations which they published in UN Environment Perspectives, No. 23. February 2017.

In April 2016, I had a week in Arendal, Norway, for a UNEP writers' sprint to draft new guidelines for Integrated Environmental Assessments.

IEA workshop . Arendal waterfront . view over Arendal
IEA workshop; Arendal, Norway

In mid-November 2015 I went to Brussels for a EESC/UNEP/EEB Conference on the Sustainable Development Goals, giving a presentation on Europe and the 2030 Agenda: Regional Assessment. I also prepared a paper for UNEP on values and sustainability education.

Brussells conference
Speaking in Brussels on the SDGs

In October 2015, I went to Davos, Switzerland, for the World Resources Forum and a meeting of the UNEP International Resources Panel where I was an invited consultant.

In September 2015, I went to UNEP headquarters in Nairobi for the GEO6 authors' "book sprint" to write the regional Global Environment Outlook assessments in a week. I was coordinating lead author for part of the European GEO.

UNON main entrance . UNON courtyard . new UNEP building
The United Nations Office in Nairobi campus where I used to work is set in extensive gardens, with buildings separated by lawns and trees

June 2015 started with a UNEP workshop in Baku, Azerbaijan, that I facilitated.
Baku . Baku . workshop Views of Baku, Views of Baku, and the opening of the UNEP workshop

In mid-April 2015, I went to Paris for an expert meeting on marine and coastal resources at UNEP's Paris office to scope out emerging issues for the International Resource Panel. We also had dinner at a lovely Art Nouveau restaurant near the Saint Lazare train station.

restaurant across the street . art nouveau interior . expert meeting on marine resources
Paris; Art Nouveau interior of the restaurant; the expert meeting at UNEP

In January 2015, the University of Geneva/UNEP MOOC (massive open online course) on Climate Change Adaptation for Small Island Developing States, to which I contributed 8 lectures on the special problems of SIDS, started on Coursera on 26 January with 8,000 participants.

In December 2014 I prepared a report for UNEP on integrating the Sustainable Development Goals into their European work programme, which you can download at http://yabaha.net/dahl/papers/Dahl2015a_UNEP_ROE.pdf.

In July 2014 I took part in a week-long UNEP author's meeting in Geneva to prepare the Global Environment Outlook (GEO) for Small Island Developing States, which was launched at the UN Conference for SIDS in Apia, Samoa, in September.



European Center for Peace and Development - ECPD

It has been a decade that I have participated in the conferences of ECPD, associated with the UN-authorized University for Peace, and working on reconciliation, religious tolerance and human security in the Western Balkans.

The October 2017 annual European Center for Peace and Development conference was in Belgrade, where I chaired a couple of sessions and gave a paper.

ECPD Round Table
ECPD Conference in Belgrade City Hall

In October 2016 I went to Belgrade for the annual conference of the European Center on Peace and Development, where I gave a paper.

speakers
Frederico Mayor speaking at the ECPD conference

At the end of October 2015, I went again to Belgrade for the annual conference of the European Center for Peace and Development and presented a paper on "The Sustainable Development Goals and their implications for the Western Balkans".

October 2014 ended with the European Center for Peace and Development international conference in Belgrade.
Belgrade . Danube and Sava Rivers
Downtown Belgrade; the Danube and Sava Rivers from Belgrade Fortress


Association for Bahá'í Studies - North America

As a long-time member of ABS, I occasionally manage to attend one of their conferences.

I went to Canada in August 2014, giving three papers at the Association for Baha'i Studies - North America and International Environment Forum Conference in Toronto, on "Natural sciences and society", "Addressing sustainability challenges: a framework for material and spiritual transformation", and "Introducing Baha'i principles to United Nations dialogues and conferences".

ABS Toronto
ABS plenary

The Justice Conference

This Bahá'í-inspired conference has drawn me several times to the Netherlands.

In April 2017, I spent a week in the Netherlands to attend the Justice Conference/21st IEF Conference and to give several other talks, including one at Wageningen University (see also IEF conference report).
conference photo . IEF panel . lunch
Justice Conference group photo; the IEF panel; lunch with friends

In mid-March 2016, I traveled to the Netherlands for a week for lectures and participation in the Baha'i-inspired Justice Conference.

gathering at Sylvia's . Justice Conference . giving my keynote
A gathering before one of my lectures; the Justice Conference; giving my keynote



Triglav Circle

A few years ago, I was invited to join the Triglav Circle, a small group created after the 1995 UN Social Summit to look at the role of religion and spirituality in social issues.

In July 2017, I joined the Triglav Circle in the Nievre in central France to discuss rurality and agriculture. We met in one chateau and visited another.

Chateau de Poussignol . Triglav Circle . Chateau de Quincize
Chateau de Poussignol; Triglav Circle; Chateau de Quincize

In June 2014 I gave a paper on "Humanity and nature" at a small Triglav Circle meeting near Neuchatel, Switzerland.
Triglav Circle
Triglav Circle


Go to my Professional Pages

Titles for Talks
Some topics on which I give public talks, and examples of presentations

Order my book The Eco Principle: Ecology and Economics in Symbiosis
Eco Principle

Publicity Materials (biosketch and photos)