FPA 2014: Ending Violence against Women and Girls

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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

High-level forum on Forest Policies in Africa

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.

As part of the congress "100% Erneuerbare Energie Regionen" in Kassel, the World Future Council (WFC) will host an international forum to present 100% Renewable Energy solutions from Germany, Europe and the whole World. On November 11, we will discuss how 100%Re approaches work within different institutional, cultural and geographic settings. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about best-practices and share their ideas with pioneers. Click here for more information on the event and here for the website of the congress.  

The new World Future Council App

Always be up to date with the free World Future Council smartphone app!

Even without a Facebook or Twitter Account, you can easily follow our posts and tweets. You can also choose to be notified instantly whenever we send out press releases or newsletters. The app is available for free at Google Play Store for Android users and at the iTunes App Store for users of IOS. Just search for “World Future Council”.

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.



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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.

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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.

Oceans & Islands

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.


Jane Goodall receives International B.A.U.M. Award – 28/9
Hamburg: Around the world, our Honorary Councillor Jane Goodall is celebrated for her efforts to protect endangered species and preserve the rain forest. This year, she is receiving the prestigious International B.A.U.M Award 2014 in honour of her work. To show our gratitude for the constant support and valuable insights she provides to our work, we are co-hosting an event to celebrate Jane’s life’s journey on September 28 in Hamburg, Germany.

A Mandatory Approval of Financial Instruments – 22-23/9
Brussels: The World Future Council and the EU Office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung are organising this international workshop. Policy-oriented academia on this issue will be brought together to discuss key aspects with policy makers, regulators and financial sector practitioners. >>



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