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. >>


New Report

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.

Download the report as a PDF here. You can find more information and a short film on the Forum’s dedicated website.

Future Policy Award 2014

Ending violence against women and girls: Call for nominations

One in three women worldwide will experience violence in her lifetime. Many are denied justice at the most fundamental level. On 14 February 2014, the world came together for One Billion Rising for Justice to demand justice for survivors and an end to all violence against women and girls. At the World Future Council we marked this international day of action by opening nominations for the 2014 Future Policy Award which this year will focus on uncovering the best laws and policies that strive to end violence against women. We are looking for effective laws, regulations, or action plans that can be local, national, regional or international in nature. For more information, contact Karin Heisecke who heads our new three-year project Ending Violence against Women.

Alarming study 

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

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The World Future Council is organizing a Regional Forum on Oceans and Coasts for decision makers and practitioners from 11 countries in Asia and the Pacific. From 27-30 May 2014, they will convene in Cebu City in the Philippines to exchange experiences and solutions in marine and coastal management and governance. To shine a light on good solutions that already exist, the WFC will showcase the winning policies of the Future Policy Award 2012 on Oceans and Coasts three of which stem from the region. Anna Oposa, WFC Councillor and Co-Founder of Save Philippine Seas, is supporting the forum with her broad expertise in local marine conservation. We are happy to have won Blue Solutions and the Lighthouse Foundation as partners for this event.


Model Institutions for a Sustainable Future 24-26/4
Budapest: WFC Councillors Judge C. G. Weeramantry, Dr Sándor Fülöp, and Dr Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger as well as Future Justice Director Catherine Pearce will be contributing to this conference hosted by the Hungarian Ombudsman for Future Generations office.

AREA Conference – 27-30/4
Cairo: The World Future Council is partnering the AREA Conference “Towards 100% Renewables and Sustainable Communities for Africa”. WFC Policy Officer Anna Leidreiter is part of the International Organizing Committee and will present the Global 100% Renewable Energy Campaign. >>



Our latest newsletter was published on April 15. Read updates on WFC news, events and publications! All newsletters can be found in our archive. >>



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Global Policy Action Plan Brochure

Based on the original Global Policy Action Plan our new brochure lays out policy incentives for a sustainable future. For an audio-visual presentation, check out our video with WFC-founder Jakob von Uexkull. The original Gloal Policy Action plan can be found here.

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