Power to the People - The Renewable Energy Programme
The WFC is one of the top references for Feed-In Tariff (FIT) laws that unlock renewable energy development in the international arena. Worldwide, over 60 countries have implemented a renewable energy policy and it is fair to say that the WFC has contributed significantly to this achievement. In 2013 the World Future Council successfully continued working with policy makers around the world on renewable energy policies. In more than 30 parliamentary hearings and strategy workshops in countries like the US, UAE, South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana, Ghana, Marocco, UK, Sweden, Germany, France and Poland, we engaged decision makers in an international policy dialogue on solutions. With the in-depth studies “Powering Africa through Feed-in tariffs” and “FIT for Renewables” we have enhanced the political debate in African countries and the international arena on how renewable energy policies can lead to development and prosperity for the African people.
In addition, the WFC has built up the first global campaign that advocates 100% Renewable Energy. Global 100% RE consists of international civil society organizations, academics, business associations and policy makers and intents to debunk the myths around renewable energy. This campaign builds capacity among policymakers by educating them on opportunities, solutions and success stories that are taking place around the world.
African Renewable Energy Alliance
The AREA network that was founded in 2009 by the WFC currently comprises over 1400 members from 90 countries. AREA assembles members from all backgrounds, including politics, business, civil society and academia. It has become an important platform for knowledge/ information exchange on renewable energy in Africa. The 2013 highlight was the African Renewable Energy Dialogue in Johannesburg, South Africa, co-sponsored by the World Future Council and Artists Project Earth. Climate/ Energy practitioners in Africa often operate in a closed environment allowing only for little interaction with stakeholder groups outside their peers. The “African Renewable Energy Dialogue” built bridges across country borders and strengthened ties among various climate/ energy stakeholders by connecting the different silos of thought and action. To become an active member of AREA register here: www.area-network.ning.com
Heading towards Regenerative Cities – The WFC Expert Commission on Cities and Climate Change
The WFC has effectively established the concept of 'regenerative cities' in the international urban development discourse. Through workshops, direct advisory mandates and its 'Future of Cities Forum', the World Future Council has catalyzed a policy dialogue about the necessity to move beyond sustainability towards regenerative urban development. Our experts have advised urban change makers, political decision makers and international organizations including the United Nations on tools and best policies for regenerative urban development.
Breaking the Funding Deadlock
With four side events at the UNFCCC gatherings on the subject of climate finance, the WFC highlighted the need to make use of Special Drawing Rights of the IMF to develop renewable energy in developing countries. The WFC proposal was circulated widely among international think tanks and civil society organisations, especially to representatives from developing nations. Personal briefings with the IMF and government representatives of Germany, France and Norway as well as several EU Commissioners have taken place. Several articles related to the subject have been published in leading newspapers like the Financial Times Germany.
Future Policy Award
The World Future Council’s Future Policy Award is the first prize to honour future just policies on an international level. In 2013, the Award was presented to the world's best disarmament policies in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) at UN Head Headquarters in New York. In 2012, the Award celebrated the world’s best ocean and coastal policies at the UN Biodiversity Summit in Hyderabad, India in partnership with Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The Future Policy Award 2011 was presented to the three most effective policies preserving the world’s forests in partnership with the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), FAO and CBD. The Future Policy Award 2010 celebrated extraordinary policies preserving biodiversity at the 10th Meeting of State Parties of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Nagoya, Japan. FPA brochures in English, French, Spanish, Arabic and Russian were produced by the United Nations. From 2011 to 2013 the winning policies were announced in a live-streamed media conference at UN Headquarters in New York.
The unique policy database www.futurepolicy.org presents proven policy solutions and assists decision-makers in developing and implementing future just policies. It even allows users to design their own policies, such as a custom-made Feed-in Tariff Law. Exemplary policy solutions in nine fields are showcased: renewable energies, energy efficiency, regenerative cities, human rights, nuclear disarmament, future justice, agriculture and food, sustainable forests and oceans.
Future Just Lawmaking Methodology
The WFC developed the Future Just Lawmaking Methodology 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. The Principles help to ensure that important universal standards of sustainability and equity, human rights and freedoms, and respect for the environment are taken into account. The Methodology is used for the World Future Council’s Future Policy Award.
Campaign for Ombudspersons for Future Generations
The WFC campaigns strongly for Ombudspersons for Future Generations at the international, national, sub-national and local levels. We maintained a strong, high level presence and visibility at the Rio+20 negotiations with highly regarded advocacy work with government negotiators and co-ordination with representatives from UN agencies and with civil society organisations. As part of the Rio+20 outcomes, the UN Secretary-General was invited to present a report on intergenerational solidarity and future generations, which was published in September 2013. As a result of our work with UNDESA, the UN agency taking the lead on the report and other UN agencies, the Secretary-General's report outlines various models to institutionalize concern for future generations at the United Nations level, as well as suggesting options for the way forward. The report and its outcomes are expected to be discussed by Member States in July 2014
Campaign to End Crimes Against Future Generations
As a result of WFC workshops and symposia attended by high-ranking lawyers and judges from the International Court of Justice based in The Hague, our appeal for the consideration of Crimes Against Future Generations as criminal acts has become increasingly recognised. The Campaign to End Crimes against Future Generations was launched and the WFC continues to support the movement to have ‘Ecocide’ established as the fifth Crime Against Peace.
The World Future Council continues to work on the foundational level of the Future Justice agenda and seeks to influence the way we think and act by engaging with experts and advocates in international law and policy. A related academic book ‘Sustainable Development, International Criminal Justice, and Treaty Implementation’ on the links between sustainable development and international criminal law, with many contributors from all over the world, was published in August 2013.
Alongside six partner organisations the WFC is part of the EU-funded BRAINPOoL Project which is assisting the development of a new kind of economy that is more equitable, more sustainable and more effectively delivers human well-being. It does this by enhancing the use of Beyond GDP indicators which drive more holistic, sustainable and long-term policy solutions. In 2013 BRAINPOoL conducted seven case studies around Europe working with a variety indicator promoters and users at different levels of government, identifying barriers to the use of Beyond GDP indicators in policy and developing tailored recommendations for overcoming them.
Nuclear Abolition Forum
The Nuclear Abolition Forum was launched in 2011 as a joint project of eight leading organisations in the disarmament field, hosted by the WFC and supported by the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs. The Forum aims to examine and debate key nuclear disarmament issues with the aim of achieving and sustaining a nuclear weapons free world. To this end it offers a dedicated website and a periodical. The inaugural issue focuses on International Humanitarian Law and Nuclear Weapons, whilst the second issue, released in April 2013, focuses on Moving Beyond Nuclear Deterrence to a Nuclear Weapons Free World.
Best practice for nuclear disarmament
FPA 2013: Celebrating the world’s best disarmament policies
The 2013 Future Policy Award, which the WFC conducted in partnership with the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs and the Inter-Parliamentary Union, highlighted disarmament policies that contribute to the achievement of peace, sustainable development and security.
By celebrating tried and tested policies for sustainable disarmament, the 2013 Future Policy Award brings disarmament into sharp policy-focus. For more information and pictures, see www.worldfuturecouncil.org/fpa_2013.html
Disarmament for Sustainable Development
At the Rio+20 conference in June 2012 we presented a life-sized tank fully covered with bread to underline the realistic 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 amongst many others. In collaboration with the IPB and INES we raised worldwide awareness for the issue, won the support of Mayors for Peace and ICLEI and generated media coverage in 32 countries. In July 2013 hundreds of thousands of young people saw the bread tank rolling again during World Youth Day in Rio. Subsequently, the Catholic Church asked for a report about the success of the Bread Tank.
Innovative Policies for Persons with Disabilities
Recognising the widespread exclusion of persons with disabilities, the WFC has established a five-year cooperation with the Essl Foundation under the name “Zero Project”. In February 2014, the WFC will be co-organizer of the third Zero Project Conference and present in particular 15 innovative policies that advanced the right to accessibility of persons with disabilities. About 400 stakeholders from around the world are expected to attend this event at UN Vienna. 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 at the European Parliament, at the Human Rights Council, at the Conference of State Parties and at the Inter-Parliamentary Union.