Tynedale UNA

UNA stands for United Nations Association and today I met the secretary of the Tynedale branch. Interesting chat about their activities and I’ll go to their next committee meeting in August. I’ve offered to talk about my experiences at the UN’s Commission on Sustainable Development in 2008 and 2009, so I’ll see if they take me up on my offer.

Back home I did a quick search on Ocean for references to the UN and its predecessor the League of Nations. Plenty of references of course, including:

For example, the question of Universal Peace, about which His Holiness Bahá’u’lláh says that the Supreme Tribunal must be established; although the League of Nations has been brought into existence, yet it is incapable of establishing Universal Peace. But the Supreme Tribunal which His Holiness Bahá’u’lláh has described will fulfill this sacred task with the utmost might and power. And his plan is this: that the national assemblies of each country and nation — that is to say, their parliaments — should elect two or three persons who are the choicest men of that nation, and are well informed concerning international laws and the relations between governments and aware of the essential needs of the world of humanity in this day. The number of these representatives should be in proportion to the number of inhabitants of that country. The election of these souls who are chosen by the national assembly — that is, the parliament — must be confirmed by the upper house, the congress and the cabinet and also by the president or monarch so that these persons may be the elected  33  ones of all the nation and the government. From among these people the members of the Supreme Tribunal will be elected, and all mankind will thus have a share therein, for every one of these delegates is fully representative of his nation. When the Supreme Tribunal gives a ruling on any international question, either unanimously or by majority rule, there will no longer be any pretext for the plaintiff or ground of objection for the defendant. In case any of the governments or nations, in the execution of the irrefutable decision of the Supreme Tribunal, be negligent or dilatory, the rest of the nations will rise up against it, because all the governments and nations of the world are the supporters of this Supreme Tribunal. Consider what a firm foundation this is! But by a limited and restricted League the purpose will not be realized as it ought and should. This is the truth about the situation which has been stated…

(Abdu’l-Baha, Foundations of World Unity, p. 32)

And from a document by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the USA :
“Since the inception of the League of Nations in 1920 and later of the United Nations in 1945, the Bahá’í community has consistently supported initiatives that create international instruments indispensable for the ultimate emergence of a new world order. Before supporting any initiative of the United Nations, the National Spiritual Assembly receives the guidance and permission of the Universal House of Justice.

During the last decade, the National Assembly has supported the ratification of various human rights treaties, including the U.N. convention against genocide, the U.N. convention against torture, the international covenant on civil and political rights, the U.N. convention on the elimination of race discrimination; and will continue to support the U.N. convention on the rights of women and the U.N. convention on the rights of the child. The National Spiritual Assembly is under no illusion as to the present-day effectiveness of the United Nations system but knows that it is a welcome step in the direction of world unity.

The organizations of civil society have had a tremendous impact in the international arena in recent years, especially through the several recent United Nations global conferences. In fact, non-governmental organizations are frequently the agents of change in government policy and action. The Bahá’ís will continue to collaborate with other groups interested in issues of concern to Bahá’í institutions such as human rights, the status of women and global prosperity.”

Ah, how much I look forward to working again with the Baha’i International Community in the future.

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