Who we are
Here at the World Future Council we endeavor to bring the interests of future generations to the centre of policy making. We inform policy makers about future just policies and advise them on how to implement these. Political solutions for the challenges of our time exist! >>
Future Policy Award 2013
25 innovative disarmament policies from all over the world are contenders for the prize
The Future Policy Award 2013 on disarmament will go to the best of 25 nominated policies that contribute to the achievement of peace, sustainable development and human security. In response to a worldwide call for nominations, eligible policies from countries as diverse as Albania and Iceland, the USA and the Philippines have been submitted to the international jury. In partnership with the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the World Future Council will present the award in a ceremony on the eve of UN Disarmament Week (24 - 30 October 2013) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. >>
Safeguarding our Oceans and Coasts
The result of a comprehensive evaluation of marine and coastal policies from around the world this survey presents exemplary policy solutions. It provides decision-makers with tools to draft and implement policies and laws that protect and sustain oceans and coasts for current and future generations outlining the key objectives, actions and strategies as well as the benefits of each policy. Click here to download the new publication.
New global alliance established
Go 100% Renewable Energy Campaign
The World Future Council has helped to establish a new global alliance of civil society organizations, academics, business associations and policy makers. At the Pathways to 100% Renewable Energy Conference, in San Francisco in April the alliance called upon national legislators to commit to 100 percent renewable energy in the power, heating & cooling and transportation sector. Other founding partners of „Go 100% Renewable Energy Campaign“ are the World Wind Energy Association, Renewables 100 Policy Institute, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems and the World Bioenergy Association. >>
Launch of new WFC report
Feed-in Tariffs best tool to unlock Africa’s untapped renewable energy potential
An in-depth report for policy makers shows that Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff policies (REFiT) are the most promising mechanism to unlock the renewable energy development in Africa. The report by the World Future Council and the Heinrich Böll Foundation provides analysis of planned and existing REFiT policies in 13 African countries: Algeria, Botswana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. It doubles as a comprehensive guide for African decision and policy makers on how to support the uptake of renewable energy. Check out our press release for further information.
WFC issues Global Policy Action Plan
The interlinked crises brought about by human action are severely threatening the well-being of future generations. Defining a political framework for changing course, the World Future Council now presents an emergency policy agenda consisting of 24 tipping-point policies that need to be implemented globally to preserve a habitable planet. You can download it here and help us spread the word using the brand new Spanish version!
Have a new experience
User-friendly and interactive: Our relaunched Future Justice website
Our dedicated Future Justice website www.futurejustice.org has been given a complete make-over to provide a more user-friendly and interactive experience. The front page now comes complete with a guest article, this month written by Mr Marcel Szabó, Deputy-Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, or the ‘Green Ombudsman’ of Hungary. Have a browse! Enjoy!
Moving Towards the Regenerative City
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This new report on regenerative cities seeks to define what is necessary and then to show that we can expand what is politically and culturally possible. The case studies on urban production, consumption and management of energy, waste, food and water demonstrate the new directions being taken by cities around the world. The roadmap towards the regenerative city involves a major redesign of urban systems that is most effectively enabled by supporting policy frameworks. >>
The Debate on 100% Renewable Energy – The new normal? – 18/06
Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum – 17-19/06
7th World Future Council AGM – 19-23/06
Panel discussion "Pathways Towards Regenerative Cities" - 21.06.
Implementing Intergenerational Equity: Bringing Future Perspectives to the Status Quo – 4-5/07
Inter-Parliamentary Regional Hearing on Exemplary Forest Policies in Africa – 9-12/07
Future of Cities Forum 2013 – 4-7/09
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Take a look at our annual report "Pathfinder 2013" to find a 16 page overview of our goals, projects, publications, donors and supporters. It is possible to download the report as a PDF but if hard copies are required, please contact the World Future Council.
Forests for People
Rwanda's successful forest policy is explored in the book titled “Forests for People – Insights into Rwanda’s Prized Forest Policy”. Rwanda's National Forest Policy, which we awarded with the 2011 Future Policy Award, has halted deforestation and the country's forested area has even increased by 37 per cent since 1990. The book illustrates the Rwandan forest policy in an enjoyable way and promises “a story of world records, brave people, rare animals and good solutions for the challenges of our time”, says WFC Founder Jakob von Uexkull. The book can be downloaded here or ordered as a hard copy.
From vision to action: Policy Recommendations for 100% Renewable Energies in European Regions
It is a fact that non-renewable energies will, by definition, deplete. It is also a fact that in the meantime, dependence on these energy sources is causing multiple existential global crises. If human beings are to preserve planetary habitability, we must soon shift to 100% RE in all sectors. This report provides an in-depth policy analysis of renewable energy frontrunner countries and identifies successful policy elements and instruments. It builds on a parliamentary hearing that the World Future Council hosted together with Climate Service Center in the Nordic Folkecenter last October and outlines solutions as well as implementation strategies for a fossil free society. The overall goal of this publication is to educate and inspire a broader range of stakeholders who must engage, if we are to advance the goal of 100% RE in European Regions. Download the Report >>