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The International Association for Human Values (IAHV) is a volunteer-based, charitable NGO dedicated to the development and promotion of human values in society. IAHV defines human values as those attributes and qualities which are the very heart of humanity, such as compassion, non-violence, enthusiasm, service to society, and a deep caring for all life and the planet.
IAHV works in five main areas:
- Sustainable development and socio-economic progress
- Human values-based education
- Conflict management through dialogue
- Humanitarian relief and post-disaster rehabilitation
- Ethics in business
The initiatives of IAHV, and its partner organisations, have benefited people from all walks of life in over 140 countries.
IAHV cooperates with a full range of agencies and stakeholders such as international bodies, NGOs, rural communities, governments and corporations to encourage the practice of human values in everyday life. IAHV maintains special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United
Nations, and actively participates in UN committees and activities related to social development, health and conflict resolution.
IAHV was founded in 1997 by H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. It is registered as an association under Swiss law, with headquarters in Geneva. IAHV Switzerland is the umbrella organisation for 17 national IAHV organisations. It works through decentralised structures, with national organisations operating as separate
legal entities registered as charitable organisations. The European headquarters are registered in Germany.