Arthur Dahl


Arthur Lyon DAHL of Geneva, Switzerland ( is President of the International Environment Forum ( He is a retired Deputy Assistant Executive Director of UNEP, where he was Deputy Director of the Oceans and Coastal Areas Programme, Coordinator of the UN System-wide Earthwatch and first Director of the Coral Reef Unit. He is an expert consultant on sustainability indicators to the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, UNESCO and UNEP. He has taught advanced studies courses in sustainable development and environmental diplomacy at the University of Geneva and other universities, and contributed to a MOOC on climate change adaptation in SIDS. He represented the Baha'i International Community at the Stockholm Conference on Human Environment (1972), and the UN Climate Change Conferences in Copenhagen (COP15, 2009) and Paris (COP21, 2015), organizing several side events. He was in the Secretariat of UNCED (Rio Earth Summit 1992) to help draft Agenda 21, and participated in WSSD (Johannesburg 2002) and UNCSD (Rio+20, 2012). He co-coordinated the UNEP Major Groups and Stakeholders Advisory Group on International Environmental Governance ( leading up to Rio+20. A specialist on small islands and coral reefs (PhD, Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara), he spent many years in the South Pacific as Regional Ecological Advisor with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (, and organized the Pacific Regional Environment Programme ( He is on the governing board of ebbf - Ethical Business Building the Future ( He has published many scientific papers and books including: "Unless and Until: A Baha'i Focus on the Environment" and "The Eco Principle: Ecology and Economics in Symbiosis".