Stefan Schurig is leaving the World Future Council

Dear Colleagues and Friends, After ten years with the World Future Council, I will be moving on and will be leaving the organisation for a new career step. It was truly an honor for me to serve the organisation since April 2007…

Tigray celebrates Future Policy Award reception

Ethiopia’s Tigray region has received the Future Policy Gold Award this year for their pioneering approach in successfully combatting desertification. Thanks to their policy, the region has made significant progress in restoring its degraded lands and improving its food and water security. The impressive results derived from the major land restoration undertaken by local communities and the regional government, with a  unique combination of collective action, voluntary labour and the involvement of young people.

After the Award ceremony on 11th September during the UNCCD summit in Ordos, Inner Mongolia (China), people of Tigray celebrated the award in their own country.  A colorful ceremony was held at Hawelty Martyrs Hall with Tigray’s president, H.E. Aby Weldu and other high-level guests attending, followed by a parade through the Mek’ele, the capital of Tigray.

In conjunction with the celebration, the University of Mek’ele (MU), in collaboration with Bureau of Agriculture and Natural Resources of the Regional State of Tigray, organised a panel discussion at Desta Hotel, Mek’ele. The event was opened by a welcoming speech by Prof. Kindeya Gebrehiwot, MU’s President. The event was celebrating Tigray’s achievement, and the panelists were discussing how soil conservation towards land fertility and combating desertification can be further improved and maintained for the future.

Land is Life – Advancing Sustainable Development Goal 15.3 on Land Degradation Neutrality

The World Future Council at the Land for Life Day in Ordos, China

 

The World Future Council was honoured to hold its Future Policy Award ceremony during the thirteenth session of the Conference of State Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP13) in Ordos, China, the international summit on desertification and land degradation.

On 12th September 2017, we joined the summit’s Land for Life Day and organized a session on: Policies and land: Can good policies facilitate the achievement of Land Degradation Neutrality Goals? The event was designed to present the winning policies of the Future Policy Award 2017 to stakeholders from around the world.

Ms Jenny Choo from the UNCCD Secretariat introduced the Land for Life Day in a nutshell to participants and handed then the moderation over to Ms Boping Chen, China Director of the World Future Council, who highlighted

Alexandra Wandel, director of the World Future Council, at the Land for Life Day in Ordos, China, during the UNCCD COP13.

the significance of adequate policies for achieving land degradation neutrality and presented the panelists.

At first, Ms Alexandra Wandel, Director and Vice-Chair of the Management Board of the World Future Council, emphasized that the Future Policy Award is worldwide unique in honoring laws and policies at the international level. She gave a brief introduction to the Awardees 2017 and expressed also the Council’s gratitude to UNCCD for being this year’s partner of the award.

The winning policies were presented by Dr Atinkut Mezgeb who portrayed the large-scale land restoration efforts of the Tigray policy in Ethiopia (Gold Award), Ms Fernanda Cruz, who revealed how Brazil’s Cistern Programme mitigates effectively the drought in the Semiarid region (Silver Award), Dr Paul Luu presented on the innovative 4 per 1000 Initiative (Vision Award), whilst H.E. Ali Bety uncovered the success factors of the 3N Initiative from Niger (Bronze Award). A video tribute was also paid to the winning policies from China, Australia and Jordan.

After a lively Q&A round, Jakob von Uexkull, Founder of the World Future Council, offered some closing remarks.

In the resources section below you can download the detailed programme of the session and the overall programme of the Land for Life Day.

World Future Council awards international prize for best policies to combat desertification in China

Hamburg (Germany) / Ordos (China), 12th September 2017 – Yesterday, the Future Policy Award (FPA) ceremony was held at the thirteenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNCCD in Ordos, Inner Mongolia (China). The international “Oscar for best policies” honours laws and practices that successfully combat desertification and land degradation. The FPA is awarded by the World Future Council (WFC) in cooperation with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). Among the laureates are the Ethiopian Tigray region, Brazil and China.

The ceremony was attended by 300 high-level guests and ministers from all over the world including H.E. Mr. Zhang Jianlong, Minister of State Forestry Administration of China, H.E. Ms. Bu Xiaolin, Governor of Inner Mongolia, as well as Tigray’s President H.E. Mr. Abay Weldu.

The FPA aims to draw more attention to desertification and effective ways to combat it: In the last century, droughts cost more lives than any other weather-related catastrophe. Climate change intensifies the process of desertification. Actions to combat desertification, therefore, not only contribute to protecting the environment but can also provide social and political stability.

Ethiopia’s Tigray region was granted the Gold Award. Using a unique combination of collective action, voluntary labour and the involvement of youth, the people of Tigray are restoring land on a massive scale. As a result, erosion has decreased significantly, groundwater levels are recharged, and the uptake of sustainable agricultural practices made a remarkable contribution to food self-sufficiency and economic growth.

The Future Policy Award highlights the world’s best policies and laws that create the framework for better living conditions for current and future generations.

The winning policies are introduced in short videos which are on our YouTube Channel. Further information on the winning policies may be obtained through our website as well as on futurepolicy.org.

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Future Policy Award 2017

Please check out our Flickr album for more pictures of the award ceremony.

STATEMENTS:

Monique Barbut, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD):

“Drylands cover close to 40% of the Earth’s land surface. Hundreds of millions of people are directly threatened by land degradation and climate change is only going to intensify the problem. So far, this underestimated environmental disaster has received far too little attention. The Future Policy Award 2017 is turning the spotlight on the looming environmental challenge and effective responses. The seven Future Policy Awardees are all from affected countries, and demonstrate great environmental and political determination.”

Jakob von Uexkull, Founder of the World Future Council (WFC):

“Drylands are among the most conflict-prone regions in the world. Not tackling desertification and land degradation means accepting humanitarian disasters. But if we take up this challenge, so much is gained: By reversing desertification we can help build peace, food security and a safe future for millions of people.”

H.E. Abay Weldu, President of Tigray State (Ethiopia)

“I am delighted and honoured as head of the Regional Government of Tigray knowing that Tigray has won Gold Future Policy Award 2017. The people of Tigray demonstrate that all challenges can be overcome if the leadership is addressing the will, need and priority of the people. Tigray’s people have proved that development is possible without harming our mother Earth.”

 

BACKGROUND

The Future Policy Award is the only award which honours policies rather than people on an international level. Each year, the World Future Council chooses a topic for the Future Policy Award on which policy progress is particularly urgent. In 2017, in partnership with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), laws and policies were evaluated that contribute to the protection of life and livelihoods in the drylands, and help achieve Sustainable Development Goal 15, target 3, to “combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a land degradation-neutral world.”


Miriam Petersen
Media & Communications Manager
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miriam.petersen@worldfuturecouncil.org

Wagaki Wischenewsjki
Public Information and Media Officer
United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
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The World Future Council

The World Future Council brings the interests of future generations to the centre of policy-making. Its up to 50 eminent members from around the globe have already successfully promoted change. The Council addresses challenges to our common future and provides decision makers with effective policy solutions. In close cooperation with civil society actors, parliamentarians, governments, business and international organizations the World Future Council identifies “best policies” around the globe. The World Future Council is registered as a charitable foundation in Hamburg, Germany.

The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is the only legally binding international agreement on land issues. The Convention promotes good land stewardship. Its 196 Parties aim, through partnerships, to implement the Convention and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The end goal is to protect our land, from over-use and drought, so it can continue to provide us all with food, water and energy. By sustainably managing land and striving to achieve land degradation neutrality, now and in the future, we will reduce the impact of climate change, avoid conflict over natural resources and help communities to thrive.

 

10 Years World Future Council Publication

Abstract

2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the World Future Council. As we look into the future – to new challenges and opportunities – we want to take a moment to celebrate the impact and success of the past decade.

Climate change, the destruction of the environment and continued wars are just some of the signs that today’s civilization is living at the expense of future generations. We can and need to initiate an orderly transition to a regenerative, resilient and flourishing future.

Future Policy Award 2017: Celebrating the world’s best policies to combat desertification

Abstract

In this brochure, we present the winning policies of our Future Policy Award 2017. In partnership with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), this year’s award celebrates laws and policies that successfully tackle land degradation, and contribute to the protection of life and livelihoods in the drylands.

Future Policy Award 2017: Celebrating the world’s best policies to combat desertification

Abstract

In this brochure, we present the winning policies of our Future Policy Award 2017. In partnership with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), this year’s award celebrates laws and policies that successfully tackle land degradation, and contribute to the protection of life and livelihoods in the drylands.

Policies score highly in the Future Policy Award evaluation not only by advancing the sustainable use of resources but also by addressing equity, the eradication of poverty, community participation, and the peaceful resolution of conflicts.

We seek to inspire lawmakers worldwide with these exemplary, award-winning policies, and hope to see their key elements being spread and implemented in the months and years ahead.

WFC Summer News

NEWS FROM THE WFC IN AUGUST
Dear Friends & Supporters,

Land degradation costs more lives than any other environmental disaster. If we don’t stop the trend of desertification, hundreds of millions of people will be forced to leave their homes in the next decades. The Future Policy Award turns a spotlight on this challenge - and honours effective responses. The winners of this year's FPA have been announced recently.

People of Tigray (Ethiopia) turn the desert into green land again, China reversed the trend of desertification and led millions of people out of poverty - and there are more inspiring success stories to tell with the Future Policy Award 2017!
Jakob von Uexkull, Alexandra Wandel & Stefan Schurig
The Management Board

FUTURE POLICY AWARD 2017: ETHIOPIA WINS GOLD (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/p/2017-desertification/)

It is estimated that 135 million people are at risk of being displaced by desertification, and drylands are the most conflict-prone regions of the world. Climate change, and the increasingly unpredictable and extreme weather in arid lands, makes combating desertification even more vital. With this year’s Future Policy Award, we honour effective policies that combat desertification - Ethiopia’s Tigray Region wins Gold.
READ MORE (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/p/2017-desertification/) https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/ibrahim-abouleish-passed-away/

LEARNING TO BUILD A BETTER FUTURE: THE SCOTTISH WAY (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/learning-to-build-a-better-future-the-scottish-way_us_59943845e4b0afd94eb3f64d)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/learning-to-build-a-better-future-the-scottish-way_us_59943845e4b0afd94eb3f64d
Building sustainable, low-carbon societies starts with education: In Scotland, this is not lip service, but the heart of Scotland’s emerging pedagogy. The World Future Council has joined Education Scotland to see “Learning for Sustainability” in action. Find out more in Jakob von Uexkull's latest HuffPost Article
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CHARITY CONCERT IN BERLIN (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/wfc-charity-concert-berlin-2017/)

On Monday, 4 September 2017, a charity concert will take place in the Kammermusiksaal of the Berliner Philharmonie in order to support the World Future Council. Jakob von Uexkull, Founder of the WFC, will hold the welcome speech.
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POLICY OF THE MONTH: TIGRAY'S LAND RESTORATION (http://www.futurepolicy.org/healthy-ecosystems/biodiversity-and-soil/tigrays-conservation-based-adli/)
http://www.futurepolicy.org/healthy-ecosystems/biodiversity-and-soil/tigrays-conservation-based-adli/
Tigray’s people are turning desert into green land again: The Ethiopian region is restoring its degraded lands and improving its food and water security. A well-deserved Future Policy Gold Award 2017!
READ MORE (http://www.futurepolicy.org/healthy-ecosystems/biodiversity-and-soil/tigrays-conservation-based-adli/)
RECOMMENDED ARTICLE: 100% RENEWABLES FOR BANGLADESH (http://www.dhakatribune.com/tribune-supplements/tribune-climate/2017/08/12/bangladesh-towards-100-renewable-energy/)
http://www.dhakatribune.com/tribune-supplements/tribune-climate/2017/08/12/bangladesh-towards-100-renewable-energy/
Bangladesh is starving for energy. A 100% Renewable Energy strategy could provide enough clean energy for everyone in this sunny but pollution-prone country. ByWFC-Councillor Dipal Chandra Barua
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EXPLORE OUR PUBLICATIONS (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/media-room/publications/)

An increasing number of refugees worldwide are women and children. How can we better protect these women and girls from violence? This report highlights some exemplary practices and initiatives.
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The military-industrial complex is using their power to make governments maintain high military spending. This study presents ideas on how decision-makers can be convinced to use this budget to fund sustainable programmes instead.
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3 billion people worldwide rely on traditional biomass fuels. Deforestation, soil erosion and loss of biodiversity are the devastating results. This report evaluates the various technological pathways – and the barriers – leading towards sustainable solutions.
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JULY 2017
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NEWS FROM THE WFC THIS JULY
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This July, the city of Hamburg was shaken by the G20 summit. But regardless of the tale that international media told about a city out of control, tens of thousands of people stood up in peaceful and colourful protest for a more just and sustainable world. The values that the World Future Council promotes are today more relevant than ever! With the F20 Event on 4th of July, over 45 foundations including the WFC took a stand for more ambitious climate action and prove that there are solutions to the problems we face.
Jakob von Uexkull, Alexandra Wandel & Stefan Schurig
The Management Board

FOUNDATIONS TAKE A STAND FOR CLIMATE ACTION (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/f20-event-hamburg-2017/)

With 400 invited guests attending and an excellent speaker panel, the F20 Foundations Platform can look back on a very successful F20 Event in Hamburg. Their publication "Renewable Energy, Climate Action and Resilient Societies: Accelerating the Global and Local Paradigm Shift" has been handed over to the German Minister for the environment, Barbara Hendricks.
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FUTURE POLICY AWARD 2017: SHORTLIST PUBLISHED (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/p/2017-desertification/)

Desertification is one of humankind’s greatest challenges: land degradation and drought are increasing with climate change, and claim more lives than any other environmental disaster. This year’s Future Policy Award celebrates laws and measures that successfully combat desertification. The shortlist has now been published.
READ MORE (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/p/2017-desertification/) https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/ibrahim-abouleish-passed-away/

CHARITY CONCERT IN BERLIN (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/wfc-charity-concert-berlin-2017/)

On Monday, 4 September 2017, a charity concert will take place in the Kammermusiksaal of the Berliner Philharmonie in order to support the World Future Council. Jakob von Uexkull, Founder of the WFC, will hold the welcome speech.
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POLICY OF THE MONTH: ZERO WASTE, SCOTLAND
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Unutilised waste does not only produce pollution, but also costs the taxpayer money. Scotland implemented their Zero Waste Plan in 2010, and constitutes a roadmap for a progressive waste reduction, disposal and recycling strategy.
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RECOMMENDED ARTICLE: WHY WAR CONTINUES
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We must overhaul the assumption that “defence” brings security, reckons Scilla Elworthy in her latest article. The WFC Councillor reflects why war continues, and how peace can be built.
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Our latest Annual Report China is looking back to our second year in China and to our Regenerative Cities programme: 2016 was a year of successes and challenges during a sustainable urbanization reform.
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Financial institutions and governments are keen to stress that regulation should not unnecessarily burden the financial sector. How can the public interest be effectively protected and strengthened?
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How can climate vulnerable countries scale up the transition to 100% RE while eradicating poverty? This report suggests concrete political measures, experiences and recommendations by Tanzanian stakeholders.
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World Future Council awards international prize for best policies to combat desertification in China

Hamburg / Bonn / Ordos, 22nd August 2017: More people, less erosion – Ethiopia’s Tigray region demonstrates that this can be a reality: They will take home the Gold Future Policy Award 2017, beating 26 other nominated policies to the prize.