For over 20 years, the U.S. Baha’i Office of Public Affairs (OPA) has worked with other like-minded organizations to advance sustainable development. In 1987, the World Commission on Environment and Development (also known as the Brundtland Commission) coined the most frequently used definition of sustainable development as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” OPA’s involvement in this arena is guided by principles such as a deep respect for the natural world, the importance of justice, the oneness of humanity and the interconnectedness and reciprocal relationship between all things.
The OPA representative for this portfolio has played an active role in developing and refining an understanding and acceptance of these themes and has worked extensively with national and international non-governmental organizations to shape a common vision for sustainability. OPA’s portfolio on sustainable development focuses on four areas. The links below share some history of the Office’s efforts on these initiatives.