Who we are
The World Future Council consists of 50 eminent global change-makers from governments, parliaments, civil society, academia, the arts and business. We work to pass on a healthy planet and just societies to our children and grandchildren with a focus on identifying and spreading effective, future-just policy solutions. The World Future Council was launched in 2007 by Jakob von Uexkull, Founder of the 'Alternative Nobel Prize'. It operates as an independent foundation under German law and finances its activities from donations. >>
Regenerative Urban Development: A Roadmap to the City We Need
In cooperation with the City of Hamburg the World Future Council brought together 150 mayors, urban planners, practitioners and experts from 35 countries for the Future of Cities Forum. This report summarises the key issues debated during the Forum, drawing on the rich discussions surrounding the vision of regenerative cities. It looks at a selection of the case studies presented at the Forum to outline the value creation resulting from regenerative urban development, the obstacles in the way of progress, and tools to help overcome those challenges. The report aims to engage and empower a wider range of stakeholders in ensuring that our cities continue to offer opportunities for current and future generations to realise their full human potential.
Future Policy Award 2014
Ending violence against women and girls: Call for nominations
Global austerity costs 2.3 trillion U.S. dollars annually due to unused production opportunities
As a consequence of austerity policies in many countries, millions are deprived of work and vast production opportunities remain unused. Our short study "Costs of Austerity - Squandering our Productive Resources" states the value of lost production at 2.3 trillion U.S. dollars annually. This corresponds to the gross domestic product of the United Kingdom. The Eurozone alone loses at least 580 billion Euros annually as a result of public austerity. WFC founder Jakob von Uexkull: "Given the huge challenges we face including stopping climate change and overcoming poverty, it is shocking that such a large economic potential remains untapped because of misguided policies.” Read more in our press release.
RIP Arthur N. R. Robinson
We mourn the passing of Honorary Councillor Arthur N. R. Robinson, former Prime Minister and President of Trinidad and Tobago, who died on 9th April 2014 at age 87. Arthur N. R. Robinson was a member of the UN Expert Group on Crime and the Abuse of Power, as well as playing a key role in the creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC). In 2002 he was honoured with the Peace Leadership Award by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.
Regional Forum for Asia and the Pacific
Oceans and coasts: Sharing solutions with international decision makers
Model Institutions for a Sustainable Future – 24-26/4
AREA Conference – 27-30/4
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