Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity joins family of agencies at the Baha'i International Community

NEW YORK - Simultaneous with its sponsorship of the "Colloquium on Science, Religion and Development" in New Delhi, the Bahá'í International Community formally launched its newest agency, the Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity.

Based in New York, but drawing on the resources of the Bahá'í International Community in all its offices and affiliates around the world, the Institute is dedicated to researching both the spiritual and material underpinnings of human knowledge and the processes of social advancement.

"The agency's mission is to explore new concepts and models of social transformation," said Matthew Weinberg, the Institute's Director. "The Institute aims to foster new thinking about current social questions by examining the connections between the moral, spiritual, and material dimensions of life."

Mr. Weinberg said that the Institute plans not only to sponsor conferences and symposia on issues relevant to the processes that shape and sustain global peace and prosperity, like the "Colloquium on Science, Religion and Development," but also to undertake various research efforts and to produce associated publications.

The Bahá'í International Community is a non-governmental organization that both encompasses and represents the worldwide membership of the Bahá'í Faith, which numbers more than 5 million people and is established in virtually every country and territory in the world.

The Institute joins a family of agencies of the Bahá'í International Community. These agencies include a United Nations Office, an Office of Public Information, an Office for the Environment, and an Office for the Advancement of Women. All are guided by the Faith's international governing body, the Universal House of Justice, and they draw on the resources of some 182 national-level affiliates, known as National Spiritual Assemblies, which are the freely elected governing bodies representing Bahá'í communities at the national level.

To contact the Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity, write to: Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity, 866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 120, New York, NY 10017-1822, USA. Telephone: 1-212-803-2547; Fax: 1-212-803-2566; and email: Website address: Http://