New representative of the Baha'i International Community to the United Nations joins New York office

NEW YORK — Bahiyyih Chaffers, a 33-year-old attorney from Canada, has been appointed as a representative of the Bahá'í International Community to the United Nations.

Appointed on 26 August 2003, Ms. Chaffers will focus initially on issues related to global prosperity and sustainable development. In September, she represented the Community at the World Summit on the Information Society Prepcom in Geneva.

Before coming to the Community in August, Ms. Chaffers worked in New York as an associate producer at CNN and, before that, at ABC News.

Ms. Chaffers hopes to bring her experience as a corporate attorney and media specialist into the Community's work at the UN.

"As the United Nations becomes more engaged with both the corporate world and civil society, there are opportunities for new ideas," said Ms. Chaffers. "One of my goals is to bring my knowledge and understanding of the private sector, along with the perspectives of the Bahá'í International Community, into the world of the United Nations and the general field of development," said Ms. Chaffers.

Born in Toronto, Ms. Chaffers has an undergraduate diploma in French literature and history from the Sorbonne University in Paris and a degree in civil law at the University of Paris. She completed her legal training with an L.L.L. degree from the University of Montreal and an L.L.B. degree at the University of Ottawa.

After her education, Ms. Chaffers worked as a corporate attorney at Goodmans, one of Canada's top law firms. She later came to New York and worked as a television news producer.

She will be based in the Community's New York office, where she joins Bani Dugal, who is the Community's Principal Representative to the United Nations.