Who we are
The World Future Council consists of 50 eminent global change-makers from governments, parliaments, civil society, academia,the arts and the business world. Together they form a voice for the rights of future generations. The World Future Council seeks to pass on a healthy planet and just societies to our children and grandchildren, and does this through in-depth research, capacity-building and knowledge transfer for future just policy solutions. The World Future Council was founded in 2007 by Jakob von Uexkull, Founder of the Right Livelihood Award, the Alternative Nobel Prize, and operates as an independent foundation under German law. >>
Future Policy Award 2013
And the winner is… the Tlatelolco Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
The Tlatelolco Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean is the winner of the 2013 Future Policy Award for sustainable disarmament. Speaking for the jury, WFC founder Jakob von Uexkull stressed the Treaty’s “invaluable contribution to advancing regional peace and security as well as creating a precedent for subsequent Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones”. Silver awards were given to Argentina’s “National Programme for the Voluntary Surrender of Firearms” and New Zealand’s “Nuclear Free Zone, Arms Control, And Disarmament Act”. The winners were celebrated in a ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York. >>
Future of Cities Forum 2013
In cooperation with the City of Hamburg the World Future Council brought together 150 mayors, urban planners, practitioners and experts from 35 countries. From September 4 to 7 they met in Hamburg to learn from each other, discuss opportunities and develop strategies for regenerative urban development. Food for thought and talk was provided by Dr. Benjamin Barber ("If Mayors Ruled the World") and legendary Danish city planner and architect Jan Gehl ("Cities for People") amongst other notable speakers. Watch our short film to get an impression of the scope of the discussion. The Future of Cities Forum also has a dedicated website.
Global shock and outrage about World Food Prize being awarded to GMO executives
In a joint statement 81 Members of the World Future Council and Recipients of the Right Livelihood Award condemn the selection of GMO scientists and company executives as winners of the World Food Prize 2013. In addition, Frances Moore Lappé and Vandana Shiva voice their anger in a powerful video message. Please find the statement, the list of signatories and a link to our press release here.
UN Climate Conference COP 19
WFC presents concrete suggestions on design of global Green Climate Fund
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In 2010, more than 100 states agreed to establish an international fund to spur investment in renewable energy in developing countries to fight climate change. The WFC’s new report "FIT for Renewables?", which was presented during a press conference at COP 19 in Warsaw, offers a timely and concrete contribution to the emerging design of the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The report's suggestions regarding feed-in tariffs (FIT) are in line with the GCF target to "promote a paradigm shift towards low-emission and climate-resilient development pathways by providing support to developing countries to limit or reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the impacts of climate change.” This report emphasises that FIT funding should be distributed only once renewable energy technology starts to provide electricity to communities.
International Parliamentary Forum - 13-15/12
14th International Conference of Chief Justices - 13-17/12
ISEP Community Power Conference - 1-2/2
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