Arms Control Exchange - from Argentina to Bosnia and Herzegovina

As part of our follow-up activities to the 2013 Future Policy Award on Disarmament, on March 6-7, we brought together representatives from Argentina and Bosnia and Herzegovina to exchange their experiences in addressing small arms issues. A conference at UN House in Sarajevo on 6 March allowed participants to share lessons learnt from their arms control programmes, while a visit to Banja Luka on 7 March gave participants the chance to witness and participate in the melting of collected weapons, which are then recycled to manufacture spare parts for windmills and other public infrastructure. Click here to find out more!

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“Essential Ingredients for a Sustainable Future"

From 28-29th April, the jointly organised conference "Essential Ingredients for a Sustainable Future" will take place in Cardiff, Wales. It will consider how institutions dedicated to safeguarding the future can drive change, incorporating the long-term to build more peaceful and resilient societies. Click here to find out more.

© Jasmin Merdan

Future Policy Award 2015: Call for nominations launched!

Children are our future and this year we are celebrating the world’s best laws and policies that secure some of their most fundamental rights as stated in the UN Convention on the Right of the Child (UNRC). More than 300 international experts are invited to submit their nominations. For more information please contact Samia Kassid.

Renewable energy in El Hierro

El Hierro: MEPs learn about 100% RE

From 19-21 February, four members of the European Parliament took part in a WFC study trip to the Canary Island of El Hierro. El Hierro is exceptional in that it already runs on 100% renewable energy garnered from the sun and the wind. The MEPs got the opportunity to learn first-hand why and how this works. Click here to learn more!

© DfID: Marina Sorgo

WFC calls for political intervention to end FGM

Members of the WFC call on the governments of all countries concerned to take tough measures against Female Genital Mutilation. In a joint appeal they emphasize that it is a question of political will and consistent implementation of laws to stop these human rights violations against women and girls. Read the press release here.

Namibian delegation in Belo Horizonte

Food Security: Study trip to Belo Horizonte

From February 2-6, two mayors and a technical team from Namibia visited the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte to learn about its food security programme. It reduced malnutrition by 75% and received the Gold Future Policy Award in 2009. Now, the cities of Windhoek and Walvis Bay will adapt and implement the programme to reduce hunger and malnutrition.

New Report: Imagine a Regenerative City

Six key recommendations on how to enable a local regenerative transition are highlighted in the report Imagine A Regenerative City. It paints the vision of a regenerative city and outlines how to get there and summarises the expert debates arising from the Future of Cities Forum 2014. Thanks to all participants for their insights and for daring to rethink the urban agenda!

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