We are a leading reference source for Feed-In Tariff (FIT) laws which have accelerated the deployment of renewable energy across the international community. So far, more than 60 countries have implemented renewable energy policies worldwide. The WFC has contributed significantly to this achievement. In 2013, we successfully worked with policy makers around the world on renewable energy policies. In more than 30 parliamentary hearings and strategy workshops in countries such as the US, UAE, South Africa, Botswana, Ghana, Morocco, UK, Sweden, Germany, France and Poland, we have engaged decision makers in an international policy dialogue on solutions.
In 2009, the WFC founded the African Renewable Energy Alliance - a network that currently comprises over 1400 members from 90 different countries. AREA was formed to counteract the prevalent trend of climate and energy practitioners from African countries operating in closed environments and allowing only little interaction with external stakeholder groups. In 2013, the WFC and Artists Project Earth sponsored the African Renewable Energy Dialogue in Johannesburg, which has helped to build bridges across country borders and strengthened ties among climate/energy stakeholders by connecting the silos of thought and action.
The WFC has effectively established the concept of 'regenerative cities' in the international urban development discourse. Our experts advise urban change makers, political decision makers and international organizations, including the United Nations, on tools and best policies for regenerative urban development.
The Future Just Lawmaking Methodology was developed by the WFC to provide a practical tool for policy makers to assist with designing, evaluating and amending legislation. The Methodology is based on the 7 Principles for Sustainable Development Law which were presented by the International Law Association and adopted at the World Summit in 2002.
We are working to introduce Ombudspersons for Future Generations at the international, national, sub-national and local levels. At the Rio+20 negotiations, we maintained a strong presence and high-level visibility. As part of our on-going work to End Crimes Against Future Generations, our appeal for the recognition of Crimes Against Future Generations as criminal acts has become increasingly recognised. Our workshops and symposia are attended by high-ranking lawyers and judges from the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
The WFC has played a key role in the EU-funded BRAINPOoL Project on the need for a vital shift to a broader measure of progress than economic growth. In March 2014, the final conference of the project was hosted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris. Key project findings and recommendations were discussed by a high-level panel, including politicians from the UK, France, Finland and Italy, the European Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs and leading officials from the OECD.
Recognising the widespread exclusion of persons with disabilities, the WFC has established a five-year cooperation with the Essl Foundation, entitled “Zero Project”. Since 2011, the WFC has researched 34 innovative policies that helped to advance the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. We have presented the results at numerous conferences, including the European Parliament, the Human Rights Council, the Conference of State Parties and to the Inter-Parliamentary Union.
At the Rio+20 conference in June 2012, the WFC presented a life-sized tank covered with bread to underline the genuine possibility of eradicating hunger and extreme poverty by redirecting military spending towards sustainable development. The tank was coupled with an appeal signed by 22 Nobel Prize Laureates and many others. In collaboration with the IPB and INES, we raised worldwide awareness for the issue and generated media coverage in 32 countries. During World Youth Day 2013, hundreds of thousands of young people watched the bread tank roll again, leading the Catholic Church to request a report on the success of the Bread Tank campaign.
The Inter-Parliamentary Union Handbook was written by WFC Disarmament Programme Coordinator Rob van Riet and Councillor Alyn Ware to support global nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. The work was put together in close consultation with an advisory group consisting of parliamentarians, experts and institutions, including the United Nations, the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO), and the International Committee of the Red Cross. The handbook was initially released released during the 127th IPU Assembly in Quebec City, Canada on United Nations Day 24 October 2012. It is available in English, French, Spanish and Russian.
In 2013, we reached 1400 media clippings from all continents and in various international media. Over the years, we have continuously increased our online and social media activities, resulting in 20 000 unique visitors to our bilingual website every month, 4600 subscribers to our bimonthly electronic newsletters in English and German, more than 3000 followers on our Twitter account and more than 2000 Fans on our dynamic Facebook page.