FPA 2014: Ending Violence against Women and Girls
With one in three women worldwide suffering sexual or physical violence in her lifetime, violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive and predominant forms of human rights abuses in the world. This is why the Future Policy Award 2014, organized by the World Future Council, the Inter-Parliamentary Union and UN Women, will be given to the world’s best policies on ending violence against women and girls. 25 policies from all continents have been nominated to compete for the prestigious prize. At the Inter-Parliamentary Union's 131st Assembly in Geneva, the winners will be announced to over 1200 delegates from among 164 national Parliaments in an award ceremony on October 14. Laudatory speeches will be given by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, by WFC Councillors Gertrude Mongella and Scilla Elworthy and WFC Founder Jakob von Uexkull. Click here for the full list of nominated policies and jury members.
Inter-Parliamentary Regional Hearing
From 30th September to 3rd October, the WFC brings together Parliamentarians from several East African countries, as well as key civil society actors and high level experts on forest policies in Nairobi, Kenya, to discuss some of the best solutions in place to halt and reverse the plight of forests in Africa. WFC Councillors Wanjira Maathai and Luc Gnacadja, as well as Honorary Councilllor Dr. Gertrude Ibengwé Mongella will actively participate in the hearing. You can find further information here.
Congress on Energy Transformation
World Future Council hosts international Forum on 100 RE solutions.
The new World Future Council App
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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.
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BRAINPOoL Project Final Report
Beyond GDP: the World Future Council has been active in the BRAINPOoL project for two and half years, working to assist the development of a new kind of economy, that is more equitable, more sustainable and more effectively delivers human well-being. The conclusions of this project are discussed in the Final Report and in a shorter Summary and Recommendations document.
Food Security Workshop in Namibia
Policy makers gather to combat hunger and malnutrition
From July 21st to July 23rd, Namibian policy makers and international experts gathered in Windhoek to attend our workshop on malnutrition and food security. With our support, 90 participants shared and discussed concrete and proven solutions to make malnutrition in the country a thing of the past. Click here for further information and here for the final declaration.
New e-Magazine launched
The first issue of our brand new e-Magazine „Oceans & Islands” has just been published. The magazine is a cooperation between the World Future Council and Vladi Private Islands, the world’s leading private island broker. „Oceans & Islands” combines fascinating pictures and stories about island life with insights into good policies and practices for responsible marine management. WFC Founder Jakob von Uexkull: “Our contributions to ‘Oceans and Islands’ aim to make island lovers understand and appreciate the scope and importance of our work.” You can download „Oceans & Islands” here for free.
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