The World Future Council consists of 50 eminent global change-makers from governments, parliaments, civil society, academia, the arts and business. We work to pass on a healthy planet and just societies to our children and grandchildren with a focus on identifying and spreading effective, future-just policy solutions. The World Future Council was launched in 2007 by Jakob von Uexkull, Founder of the 'Alternative Nobel Prize'. It operates as an independent foundation under German law and finances its activities from donations. >>

Inter-Parliamentary Regional Hearing

High-level forum on Forest Policies in Africa

From 30th September to 3rd October, the WFC brings together Parliamentarians from several East African countries, as well as key civil society actors and high level experts on forest policies in Nairobi, Kenya, to discuss some of the best solutions in place to halt and reverse the plight of forests in Africa. WFC Councillors Wanjira Maathai and Luc Gnacadja, as well as Honorary Councilllor Dr. Gertrude Ibengwé Mongella will actively participate in the hearing. You can find further information here.

2nd World Summit of Legislators

Comprehensive Biodiversity Study presented to more than 300 high-level representatives

©Luis N. Carmona Méndez

A study analysing and comparing comprehensive biodiversity laws from eight countries was presented to more than 300 high-level representatives and national legislators from all over the world in Mexico City. The study was conducted by the WFC, GLOBE and CISDL. Comprehensive biodiversity legislations at the national level are indispensable to reaching global biodiversity targets (Aichi Targets).  The Biodiversity Legislation Study comes at a time when we are close to the halfway mark on the timeline for the Aichi Targets.

The new World Future Council App

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Alarming study 

Global austerity costs 2.3 trillion U.S. dollars annually due to unused production opportunities

As a consequence of austerity policies in many countries, millions are deprived of work and vast production opportunities remain unused. Our short study "Costs of Austerity - Squandering our Productive Resources" states the value of lost production at 2.3 trillion U.S. dollars annually. This corresponds to the gross domestic product of the United Kingdom. The Eurozone alone loses at least 580 billion Euros annually as a result of public austerity. WFC founder Jakob von Uexkull: "Given the huge challenges we face including stopping climate change and overcoming poverty, it is shocking that such a large economic potential remains untapped because of misguided policies.” Read more in our press release.



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BRAINPOoL Project Final Report

Beyond GDP: the World Future Council has been active in the BRAINPOoL project for two and half years, working to assist the development of a new kind of economy, that is more equitable, more sustainable and more effectively delivers human well-being. The conclusions of this project are discussed in the Final Report and in a shorter Summary and Recommendations document.

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Food Security Workshop for Mayors

Eradicating hunger and malnutrition in Namibia

From July 21st to July 23rd, we will present concrete and proven measures for food security to Mayors and local politicians from Namibia. The workshop is a follow-up to our Future Policy Award 2009 that was awarded to the efficient Food Security Programme of the Brazilian city Belo Horizonte. In August 2013, we had already organised a successful study tour for four African mayors and deputy mayors to Belo Horizonte. Click here for more information.

Future Policy Award 2014

Time to act: 25 policy solutions to end violence against women and girls nominated for FPA 2014

© Kim Longinotto, Vixen Films

Twenty-five policies on ending violence against women and girls have been nominated for the 2014 Future Policy Award. This was announced by the World Future Council, the Inter-Parliamentary Union and UN Women.  Violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive and predominant forms of human rights abuses in the world, as one in three women worldwide will suffer sexual and/or physical violence in her lifetime. The 25 nominated policies competing for the prestigious prize represent all continents. The winners will be announced to over  1200 delegates from among 164 national Parliaments at the Inter-Parliamentary Union's General Assembly in Geneva in October 2014. Click here for the full list of nominated policies and jury members.

Oceans & Islands

New e-Magazine launched

The first issue of our brand new e-Magazine „Oceans & Islands” has just been published. The magazine is a cooperation between the World Future Council and Vladi Private Islands, the world’s leading private island broker. „Oceans & Islands” combines fascinating pictures and stories about island life with insights into good policies and practices for responsible marine management. WFC Founder Jakob von Uexkull: “Our contributions to ‘Oceans and Islands’ aim to make island lovers understand and appreciate the scope and importance of our work.” You can download „Oceans & Islands” here for free.


A Mandatory Approval of Financial Instruments – 22-23/9
Brussels: The World Future Council and the EU Office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung are organising this international workshop. Policy-oriented academia on this issue will be brought together to discuss key aspects with policy makers, regulators and financial sector practitioners. >>


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