- Baha’is believe in the power of prayer and you’ll find Baha’is and their friends, throughout the world, getting together to pray. This is often referred to as a ‘devotional gathering’ or ‘devotional meeting’, and they happen in diverse settings, whether in cities or villages.
Ms. Bani Dugal, Principal Representative of the Baha’i International Community’s United Nations Office, spoke at a panel discussion titled “The Power of Faith”. This discussion was part of the World Economic Forum, held in Davos, Switzerland on January 23-26, 2018.
Also included on the panel were: Christiana Figueres, Brian J. Grim, Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, and Hamza Yusuf Hanson. The conversation was moderated by Daniel Shapiro, Founder and Director, Harvard International Negotiation Program, Harvard University, USA. The panel discussed the role of faith in healing the fractures in today’s societies.
The Baha’i International Community (BIC) represents the worldwide Baha’i community, whose members come from every national, ethnic, religious, cultural, and socio-economic background, representing a cross-section of humanity. Active in various global fora, the BIC maintains United Nations offices in New York and Geneva, as well as regional offices in Addis Ababa, Brussels, and Jakarta. It is registered with the UN as an NGO in 1948 and currently has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social council (ECOSOC) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), as well as accreditation with the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) and the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI). The BIC collaborates with the UN and its specialized agencies, as well as member states, inter- and non-governmental organizations, academia, and practitioners. Read more at https://www.bic.org/
The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. It engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. The forum was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It is independent, impartial and not tied to any special interests. The Forum strives in all its efforts to demonstrate entrepreneurship in the global public interest while upholding the highest standards of governance. To learn more about this Forum visit: http://www.weforum.org/
If you enjoyed this video, you may also be interested in a talk Ms. Bani Dugal gave at the 2016 ABS Conference: Reflections on Engagement in Discourses at the International Level
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