A view inside the United Nations General Assembly Hall as the Commission on Sustainable Development held the fifth meeting of its 19th session, 11 May 2011. On the screens is Laszlo Borbely, Minister of Environment and Forests of Romania and Chair of the Commission. UN Photo by Paulo Filgueiras.
Vanessa Timmer – co-founder and executive director of the One Earth Initiative, "Rethinking the Good Life" – speaks at a panel discussion, held at the New York offices of the Baha'i International Community on 11 May as part of the 19th UN Commission on Sustainable Development. The panel brought together specialists from four continents with experience in assessing and promoting the underlying values that could help ensure humanity's long term survival.
The Baha'i International Community (BIC) delegation to the 19th UN Commission on Sustainable Development, held in New York from 2–13 May 2011. Back row, from left to right: Julia Berger, BIC; Taraneh Ashraf, BIC; Nadia O'Mara, Ireland; Duncan Hanks, Canada; Peter Adriance, USA; Daniella Hiche, Brazil. Front row, left to right: Ineke Gijsbers, UK; May Akale, Cameroon; Kiara Worth, Papua New Guinea; Nur Shodjai, Canada; Victoria Thoresen, Norway.
A panel discussion at the Baha'i International Community's New York office, during the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, was opened and closed by Kiara Worth, who currently works in Papua New Guinea. Ms. Worth composed two poems for the occasion which powerfully demonstrated how the arts can also contribute to the ongoing discourse on values and sustainable development.