September 2001 to September 2002

Events sponsored:

Thursday, September 24, 2002Ethics of Peace and Conflict Resolution Our guest speaker DR. Hossain Danesh, President, Landegg International University, Switzerland gave a facinating and very timely presentation on ” Ethics of Peace and Conflict Resolution” as the NGO/DPI conference earlier the same month had been addressing ” Rebuilding Societies Emerging from Conflict: A Shred Responsibility”.

Thursday, May 2, 2002Connecting Character to Conduct: Helping Students to do the Right Thing. Our guest speaker, Roberta Richin, co-author of Connecting Character to Conduct, offered an educative approach to building values in the context of The Special Session for Children that was happening at the United Nations during that time.

Thursday, March 14, 2002Women’s Values Women from differnt regions of the world who had been attending the 46th Session on the Commission on the Status fo Women (CSW), met to discuss values from their regional and gender perspective.

Thursday, January 7, 2002Thought Filled Spaces: Conversations of the Heart (2) Approximately 3 weeks after September 11th, The Values Caucus hosted a conversation where participants shared with each other their experiences of that time and their hopes for building the future. Each participant wrote down things said by others which touched them personally. At the time the question was asked, “What will be done with what we have written down?” On January 17, those insights were reflected back to us through the vision of performance artist Lloyd Lawrence.

Thursday October 4, 2001Thought Filled Spaces: Conversations of the Heart. In a so many ways, things have changed in our lives since September 11th. In a natural reaction to coping with the events of that Tuesday morning, people have been reaching out to each other in ways which they never have before. The NGO community had this opportunity as well. The Values Caucus invited all NGO’s to participate in a conversation where we shared with each other our experiences of these times and our heart-felt hopes for building the future and discovering new and creative ways of how we might work with each other.

Events co-sponsored:

September 3, 2002What Values Currently Drive Sustainable Development: Have they Changed from Rio to Johannesburg? Co-Sponsored by the Earth Values Caucus we held a community discussion at Stanton Center in the Major Groups Room during the United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa

April 6, 2002Learn from the Past, Learn from the Future An intergenerational dialogue on Values Co-Sponsored by the NGO Committee on Ageing, New York; Imagine Chile; and the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University as part of teh NGO Fourum on Ageing at the Second World Assembly on Ageing, Madrid.

April 6, 2002The Earth Charter: A Useful Tool for Governments? Ambassadors from geographicallly diverse countries came together to dialogue on the question “How can the Earth Charter be a Useful Tool for Govermnetns” and to explore the possibility of seeing the Earth Charter as a tool for meaningful valeus based change for the implementation of Agenda 21. Our partners in hosting this Side Event for PrepCom 3 of the World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD) were: Baha’is of the United States, Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University; Center for Women, the Earth, the Divine; Communications Coordinating Committee for the United Nations; Earth Values Caucus; Findhorn Foundation; National Service Conference, American Ethical Union; Pathways to Peace; Peace Caucus.

March 7, 2002Joint Meeting of the Values and Spiritual Caucus Getting to know each other better in terms of the values-based “work” we do on an individual basis and/or organizational basis within and outside the United Nations

December 6, 2001Vision, Values, and Actions Create our Common Future: Action Imperatives for Peace and Sustainability Address by Dr. Ervin Laszlo renowned author and founder of the Club of Budapest. Dr. Laszlo addressed personal, political, and economic transformations needed to create a sustainable future. Sharing insights from his new book Macroshift, Dr. Laszlo described how quickly things are changing and how our response will determine our common future.
In association with the Club of Budapest, USA and The Hague Appeal for Peace.

Coffee series to date:

H.E. Mr. Juan Gabriel Valdes, Chile