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Newsletter - 6 / 2010
From 29 November to 10 December, the next climate summit will take place in Cancún, Mexico. After the excitement and high hopes for Copenhagen, this year’s conference seems to be rather downsized. Unfortunately, this also applies to the expectations regarding the negotiation’s results. However, one must not take the failure of Copenhagen as an excuse to simply sit back and expect the worst.
That is why the WFC will attend this year’s UN Climate Change Conference and present its proposals on financing climate protection through the means of new Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as well as on regenerative cities at two side events and a press conference. The WFC proposal on the financial opportunities created by the use of newly created SDRs of the IMF that was already presented in Copenhagen has been developed further and will be reintroduced on a solid scientific basis.
We hope that the WFC’s pioneering work in this regard will bear fruit in the near future. So far, there is no other model with the potential to raise the 100 billion dollars annually for climate protection measures that are called for in the “Copenhagen Accord” by 2020. Please support our important work in this and many other areas of Future Justice by making a donation. Without your help we will not be able to continue our numerous activities for the protection of future generations.
Future just lawmaking should follow seven specific principles. These are presented concisely in our policy principles poster.
Our brochure Guarding our Future explains why future generations should be represented by a parliamentary commissioner.
Highlights from September to December
Exemplary biodiversity laws honoured with WFC's Future Policy Award 2010
For the second year running, the World Future Council awarded the Future Policy Award to laws that have shown a particularly positive effect on the rights of future generations. On the occasion of the International Year of Biodiversity 2010 and due to the urgent demand for action, the jury examined the most revolutionary policies in the field of the protection of biological diversity.
As proven by this year’s winners, exemplary biodiversity legislation can be successfully put into practice. At the Future Policy Award Ceremony during the tenth UN Conference on Biological Diversity in the Japanese city of Nagoya, delegates, decision-makers and media celebrated the achievements of the Costa Rican Biodiversity Law. Costa Rica is the first developing country that has succeeded not only in halting, but in reversing deforestation. A result achieved also through the contribution and inclusion of indigenous peoples as a short WFC documentary about the effects of the Costa Rican policy shows. The second prize was awarded to the Australian Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act jointly with the Australian Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.
This year’s award ceremony, held in a prestigious international setting in partnership with the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, achieved considerable media attention and invited the targeted political decision-makers to learn about the most advanced biodiversity policies.
Both the documentary „The Right of Mother Earth” and the live webcast of the ceremony can be watched on the WFC website.
The next step of the World Future Council consists of the preparation of a thorough scientific study on biodiversity laws establishing a basis for the planned capacity-building workshops with politicians from Latin America.
(The photo band on the right shows - from the top - WFC Management Board members Jakob von Uexküll and Alexandra Wandel, the Costa Rican delegation, the presentation of the award to the representatives of Costa Rica and Australia, the Japanese Grand Masters C. Tanizawa and Y. Watanabe.)
Courtesy of the IISD Reporting Service. Photographer Franz Dejon
The World Future Council met for its fourth annual general meeting in Hamburg
At the 4th WFC AGM, which took place at Haus Rissen in Hamburg from 4th to 7th November, WFC councillors, advisors and staff evaluated the achievements of 2010 and set objectives for 2011.
Dr. Sandor Fülöp, Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations in Hungary, and Shlomo Shoham, former Israeli Commissioner for Future Generations, reported as invited guests on their work for the parliamentary establishment of the rights of future generations. Both declared their support for the WFC's endeavor to have a parliamentary commissioner for the rights of future generations appointed on the EU level.
Dr. Sándor Fülöp and Shlomo Shoham took part in an advisory function
Moreover, five new councillors were elected who will join the World Future Council to decide on and participate in the organization’s activities and represent its aims and values in their countries and networks.
First workshop of the African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA) steering committee
In October 2009, the World Future Council helped to found AREA; a platform for policy makers and representatives from business and civil society to exchange information and consult about policies, technologies and financial mechanisms for the deployment of renewable energies in Africa. Since then, the network has grown impressively and currently comprises of 230 members from 45 countries. With the continuing support of the WFC, AREA aims to become the focal point for renewable energy in Africa working to accelerate the uptake of renewable energy across the continent.
The steering committee, formed at the second AREA meeting in June 2010 in Accra, Ghana, met for its first in-depth workshop on November 18th in Johannesburg. Among other objectives, the members agreed to campaign on the following points:
Every African citizen should have access to sustainable, renewable energy by 2030.
By 2020, 20% of electricity produced in Africa has to be generated from renewable energy sources.
Adoption of a wide range of energy efficiency measures.
Promoting decentralized, demand-oriented renewable energy production as the preferable option for remote areas.
Energy education and environmental information on challenges, solutions and available technology.
The implementation to invest the income of 1% taxation on fossil fuel importation and 2% taxation on fossil fuel export in renewable energy production as proposed by ECOWAS in 2008.
To achieve these objectives AREA provides decision makers with toolkits on the required supportive frameworks giving flexible and tangible practical advice. For further information please contact Ansgar Kiene.
AREA steering committee with WFC Africa Director Ansgar Kiene (4th from right) and members from South Africa, Nigeria, Morocco and Cape Verde
UN Climate Change Conference in Cancún: WFC showcases solutions
From November 29th to December 10th, negotiators, ministers and world leaders will gather in Cancún for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 16). After Copenhagen, this year’s UNFCCC conference will still be dealing with the same critical aspect of the funding dilemma for climate change mitigation activities: How can measures to counter climate change be financed in an equitable way? And how can funds be allocated effectively on a global scale?
On Wednesday, 1st of December, the World Future Council will present its approach on solving the funding problem of the energy transition with the help of new and re-designed (debt- and interest-free) Special Drawing Rights. Our experts Stefan Biskamp (WFC Future Finance Director) and Jasper Sky (Oxford University) will show how Special Drawing Rights can fund the renewable energy transition that is necessary to combat climate change without creating inflation. The side event will start at 4.45pm in room Águila in Cancún Messe.
Green jobs, green future: a question of political will and finance
In the face of alarming new climatic developments, the COP 16 must define key steps towards effective global collaboration on climate stabilisation and global sustainable development. By working directly with policy-makers and others around the world to bridge the current action gaps, the WFC contributes to this process.
On December 8th, the World Future Council and its partner HafenCity University Hamburg will hold a side event on the topic of Regenerative Cities at the COP 16 in Cancún. Together with Dr. Axel Michaelowa (Perspectives Climate Change) and Dr. Maike Sippel (University of Stuttgart), Prof. Herbert Girardet (WFC Co-Founder) will present the concept of Regenerative Cities and will touch upon the questions of the role of cities in climate change mitigation. The side event in Cancún will start at 8.15pm in room Sandia in Cancún Messe. On December 7th, at 12.30pm in room Luna, a press conference will be held, launching the new WFC study on Regenerative Cities.
Regenerative Cities: more than sustainable urban development
Changing course into the future – 30 Years Right Livelihood Award
Jakob von Uexkull, founder of the Right Livelihood Award and the World Future Council, is invited to Johannes Kaup’s interview series, a programme of the Austrian public broadcaster ORF. In 1980, displeased with the orientation and narrow scope of the Nobel Prize Committee, Jakob von Uexkull decided to create an alternative award. The “Right Livelihood Award” is a distinction for implemented concepts of sustainable development. Accordingly, it rewards best practices in fields such as protection of biological and cultural diversity, the expansion of democracy and human rights defence. In 2010, the award celebrates its 30th Anniversary.
Jakob von Uexkull
Jakob von Uexkull speaks with Johannes Kaup about his experiences and the tasks to be fulfilled in order to change the societal course into a more liveable future. The event takes place on December 1st at 6.30pm in the Main Hall of the ORF Radio Cultural Hall, Argentinierstrasse 30a, Vienna. The interview will be transmitted on December 11th, at 10.20pm by Radio Austria 1 and at a date yet to be set by the ORF TV Channel TW1.
World Future Council policy website FuturePolicy.org relaunched and expanded
The WFC’s website FuturePolicy.org (formerly: onlinepact.org) presents concrete policy solutions and shows policy-makers how to design and implement future just policies. It has been expanded to offer policy solutions in four areas: Renewable Energy Policies, Energy Efficiency Policies, Regenerative City Policies and Agriculture and Food Policies. Like the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency sections, the two new sections provide detailed background information on policy elements and benefits as well as sample texts, case studies, and further links.
The Regenerative City section intends to help policy makers, city planners and other users by presenting a toolkit to achieve a 100% renewable energy target. The Agriculture and Food section serves to help decision-makers find and implement good policies in four areas: Safeguarding food security, conserving genetic resources for food and agriculture, promoting urban farming and supporting organic agriculture. This section was launched on the fitting occasion of World Food Day (October 16). www.futurepolicy.org
New WFC brochure "Regenerative Cities" - from petropolis to ecopolis
Cities are the principal agents of climate change, but they still lack sufficient concepts for sustainable development. This emerges from the new report of the joint World Future Council and HafenCity University Hamburg Commission on Cities and Climate Change. The report was developed by the international expert panel of climatologists, city planners and architects and written by WFC Co-Founder and city expert Herbert Girardet. It illustrates much more than the energy savings potential in buildings and the expansion of renewable energies. Among the 38 recommended provisions are urban agriculture, nutrient recovery from wastewater and participatory measures. Creating regenerative cities primarily means an environmentally enhancing, restorative relationship between cities and the ecosystems from which they draw resources for their sustenance. Learn more about the concept of “Regenerative City” in the WFC brochure.
The city of the future is part of a smart circulatory system
New WFC brochure Future Policy Award 2010 - the world's best biodiversity policies
In the International Year of Biodiversity the World Future Council presented its Future Policy Award to the Biodiversity Law of Costa Rica. The Future Policy Silver Award was given to the the Australian Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act jointly with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. To learn about the awarded - as well as other exemplary - biodiversity policies download our brochure.
Explaining the benefits of exemplary biodiversity policies
Hamburg: At the fourth annual general meeting of the World Future Council five new councillors were elected. The following international personalities will now participate in and decide on the World Future Council's activities and represent its aims and values in their countries and networks:
Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, Chancellor of Vancouver Island University and UN advisor, is the National Chief to the Assembly of First Nations since 2009, which unites 644 Canadian indigenous tribes. For two terms he served as Regional Chief of the AFN in British Columbia and was involved in the achievement of a historic Leadership Accord in March 2005 that ended the disunity of the three indigenous organisations in this province.
Shawn A-in-chut Atleo
Dipal Chandra Barua, economist from Bangladesh, is the co-founder of the Grameen Bank, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006. He is also founding Managing Director of Grameen Shakti and founder of the Bright Green Energy Foundation, which he manages at present. For his innovation and engagement in the field of renewable energies he received the first Zayed Future Energy Prize in 2009.
Dipal Chandra Barua
Dr. Sándor Fülöp, psychologist and environmental lawyer, has been Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations in Hungary since 2008. He is a member of the Aarhus Convention compliance committee and has written numerous articles and publications in the field of environmental protection legislation. Sándor Fülöp is currently the only active commissioner for future generations in the world.
Dr. Sándor Fülöp
Alexander Likhotal, political scientist and former spokesman and advisor of Mikhail Gorbachev, is the president of Green Cross International. After Gorbachev’s resignation he remained his advisor and spokesman and also served as the International and Media Director of the Gorbachev Foundation. Working for Green Cross International Professor Likhotal is actively involved in furthering the sustainable development agenda.
Alyn Ware, educator and peace worker, has been a long-term advisor for nuclear disarmament of the government of New Zealand and the UN. He has been the executive director at the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, the US-section of the International Association of Lawyers against Nuclear Arms (IALANA), and is the international coordinator of the network Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND), that today counts more than 700 members.
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