[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM Persian]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Newspaper:] Bamdad

[Date:] Saturday, 20 Ordibehesht 1359 [10 May 1980]

[Issue No.:] 278

[Page:] 10

 

By Dr. Taghi Ebtekar, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, in an interview with Bamdad: 

The Results of the Iranian Delegation’s Participation in The Eighth Ministerial Council of Environment Ministers Was Announced

Iran Objected to United Nations Votes on Environmental Issues

The eighth session of the [United Nations Environment Program-UNEP] Governing Council of the Environment Ministers was held from 27 Farvardin to 15 Ordibehesht [16 April to 5 May] in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. This Council consists of all the environment ministers of the countries, and its purpose is to determine environmental policies and programmes in countries and to prioritize and specialize in environmental issues.

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency also said, “At the end, the Iranian representative suggested that, in order for UN environmental programmes to get away from bureaucracy and formality and be truly accepted by the masses of the world, it is necessary to have a strong philosophical worldview. The three main religions of Judaism, Christianity―and especially Islam, which, in a holistic way includes the other two main religions―can strengthen the strong roots of religion and the belief in the sanctity of environmental protection. This proposal was approved by the participants in the meeting. For this purpose, it was decided to invite Iran to participate in a seminar consisting of experts in religious principles and environmental issues to design the philosophical and doctrinal roots of this important proposal.”

At the end, Dr. Taghi Ebtekar, in presenting an official letter to the Secretary General of the Conference, stated, “A representative from the Baha’i sect attended the meeting. He not only was not a representative of the country, but also, the information he provided on the environmental issues was completely inconsistent with reality. In an official letter to the secretary-general of the Assembly, I objected to the presence of a representative of the Baha’i sect in the Assembly.”