UN Human Rights Council: Skills development and economic empowerment for all

Geneva, 17 March 2017How to assure the right to vocational education and training as well as employment as enshrined in article 27 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities? Which innovative practices and policies exist, and how to best cooperate to implement them and scale them up? Which ways forward to enhance further the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the implementation processes of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development?
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SHAPING THE FUTURE FOR 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY

114 renewable energy experts from around the world share their views on achieving 100% renewable energy by 2050

More than 70% of the experts interviewed for the new REN21 Global Future Report consider a global transition to 100% renewable energy to be both feasible and realistic. Especially European and Australian experts most strongly support this view. There is an overwhelming consensus that renewable power will dominate in the future, with many noting that even large international corporations are increasingly choosing renewable energy products either from utilities or through direct investment in their own generating capacity. In fact, the report highlights as well that numerous companies, regions, islands and cities have set 100% renewable energy targets already, proving that it is a matter of political will. Nearly 70% of those interviewed expect the cost of renewables to continue to fall, beating all fossil fuels within 10 years’ time. Wind and solar photovoltaic are in fact already cost-competitive with new conventional generation in most OECD countries. Countries as diverse as China and Denmark are demonstrating that GDP growth can be decoupled from increasing energy consumption. Read more

World Future Council publishes “Bregenz Declaration” at World Future Forum

Hamburg, 5 April 2017 – After the World Future Forum 2017 in Bregenz, Austria, the World Future Council now publishes its “Bregenz Declaration”. The Councillors from governments, parliaments, civil society, indigenous peoples, academia, the arts and business regard climate change and nuclear weapons as mayor thread for humanity.
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The Bregenz Declaration – A Call to our Collective Consciousness

The World Future Council and all participants of the World Future Forum 2017 in Bregenz (c) Kongresskultur Bregenz. Photo by: Dietmar Mathis

We, the World Future Council commit to take action for systems change.

We commit ourselves to support the regeneration of our societies, our economies, our agriculture, our cities, our humanity and our Mother Earth, at this fragile moment in time when systems are disintegrating and degenerating.

Today, everyone’s actions – and failures to act – can decide the future of humanity.

 

 

If you, like us, believe this time of breakdown is and can be a time of breakthrough;

if you are willing to commit yourselves, as are we, to be the transformation that we know is possible;

if you, like us, see the compelling need for regenerative change –

join us.

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Spring news from the WFC!

NEWSLETTER
MARCH 2017
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10 YEARS WORLD FUTURE COUNCIL
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This year, we are looking back at 10 years of the World Future Council. For us, this means 10 years of important work for the good of people and nature, 10 years of researching innovative and successful policies and initiatives, 10 years of special encounters with remarkable personalities and projects and 10 years of successfully spreading policies for a sustainable development. But above all, we are grateful for 10 years of support that has enabled our work for a sustainable, just and peaceful earth.
Stefan Schurig, Alexandra Wandel & Jakob von Uexkull
The Management Board






10th WORLD FUTURE FORUM IN BREGENZ (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/world-future-forum-10th-annual-meeting-world-future-council-bregenz/)

Above: WFC Councillors and staff at the World Future Forum 2016.
At the 10th World Future Forum from March 30th until April 2nd 2017, more than 50 respected personalities from all over the globe representing governments, parliaments, arts, civil society, academia and the business world elaborate solutions for today's challenges. This year, we will convene at the Festival House in Bregenz and focus on topics such as climate change, renewable energy, peace and disarmament, the rights of children and sustainable agriculture.
MORE ABOUT THE WORD FUTURE FORUM (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/world-future-forum-10th-annual-meeting-world-future-council-bregenz/)


ZERO PROJECT CONFERENCE 2017 IN VIENNA (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/policies-improve-access-work-people-disabilities-awarded-vienna/)

Around 500 participants attended the Zero Project Conference 2017 from February 22nd - 24th, which focused on improving the working conditions of people with disabilities. The celebration of successful initiatives took place at the UN office in Vienna where 56 innovative practices and 11 innovative policies on „Employment, Work and Vocational Education & Training“ received the Zero Project Award.
READ MORE  (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/policies-improve-access-work-people-disabilities-awarded-vienna/) https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/de/frieden-und-abruestung/

SUSTAINABLE POLICY SOLUTIONS FOR HEALTHY ECOSYSTEMS (http://www.futurepolicy.org/policy-area/healthy-ecosystems/)
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In today’s world, we are consuming the very foundations of our existence – the forests, the oceans, freshwater systems and the soil much faster than our planet can replenish them. To sustain healthy ecosystems, we need policies that ensure sustainable use of natural resources, to ensure food and water security, the reduction of poverty and to further human development.
READ MORE (http://www.futurepolicy.org/policy-area/healthy-ecosystems/)
EMPOWERING CHILDREN (https://theleapblog.org/empowering-children-to-confront-our-ecological-crisis/) WITH ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION () https://theleapblog.org/empowering-children-to-confront-our-ecological-crisis/
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For educators and environmentalists, a crucial part of empowering our children to confront the challenges of the future is to help them develop an understanding of our natural world. And in some parts of the world this approach is already producing great results.
READ THE BLOGPOST (https://theleapblog.org/empowering-children-to-confront-our-ecological-crisis/) http://www.huffingtonpost.de/jakob-von-uexkuell/politik-energie-umwelt-klimaerwarmung_b_15181786.html


100% RENEWABLE ENERGY IN JAPAN (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/climate-energy-and-cities/) https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/climate-energy-and-cities/
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During a recent visit to Japan, Stefan Schurig, WFC Management Board member and director of the climate, energy and cities department, shared our experiences and work on the shift towards 100% Renewable Energy. During a series of events, he talked about the 100% RE movement and the specific role of Japan. A special highlight was a presentation at the REVision2017 conference on March 8th with around 600 participants. The annual conference is organised by the Renewable Energy Institute (REI), one of the most influential Renewable Energy think tanks in Japan.
MORE ABOUT OUR WORK ON 100% RE (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/climate-energy-and-cities/)


BRAND NEW 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.
Read more (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/protecting-refugee-women-and-girls-from-violence/)

Our new report about debt and assets helps to understand the balance of global wealth and debt by illustrating the important distinction of the individual and the macroeconomic perspective on the economy.
Read more (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/debt-asset-macroeconomic-perspective/)

By producing food in and around the city, we can connect – the production with the market, experiments, ideas and solutions, and people of all ages and walks of life.
Read more (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/growing-food-windhoek/)


OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS
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World Future Forum 2017
30 March - 02 April 2017 in Bregenz

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Growing Food in Windhoek

Abstract

Windhoek is a growing city, reflecting a global trend: by 2050, the world’s urban population is expected to nearly double, which poses massive challenges for all cities in regards to housing, infrastructure, health, education, jobs, natural resources and food. At the same time, Windhoek has a very testing climate and there is, of course, the water issue.

Windhoek’s vision is that all of its citizens enjoy food and nutrition security. This means that enough and healthy food is available in the city and that all of Windhoek’s citizens can afford to feed themselves adequately.

By producing food in and around the city, we can connect – the production with the market, experiments, ideas and solutions, and people of all ages and all walks of life. When we grow food in Windhoek, we need to do it right. With this handbook, we want to help make connections and develop ideas further.

Alexandra Wandel and Martin Essl hand over the award certificate to Chile's More Capable Programme.

Policies to improve access to work for people with disabilities awarded in Vienna

Hamburg, 27 February 2017 –  One billion people worldwide live with a disability and have limited access to healthcare, education and employment. To counter their exclusion from the labour market, the government and the private sector can play a vital role. From February 22-24, over 500 participants attended the annual Zero Project Conference at the United Nations Office in Vienna to celebrate the most innovative policies and practices that improve the access to vocational training and work for persons with disabilities.  Read more

WFC Ratsmitglieder und Mitarbeiter bei der 7. Jahresversammlung in Bonn

10th World Future Forum: in 2017 the World Future Council convenes in Bregenz

From March 30th – April 2nd, more than 50 Councillors, Ambassadors and members of the Supervisory Board will convene at the World Future Forum 2017 “10 Years World Future Council: Best Policies for Future Generations”, which will take place in Bregenz, Austria, with the generous support of the Festival House Bregenz and their partners. 

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February news from the WFC!

NEWSLETTER
FEBRUARY 2017
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10 YEARS WORLD FUTURE COUNCIL
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In times of political and social challenges across the globe, learning about effective policy solutions that can help combat climate change, eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development is more important than ever. This year, the WFC celebrates its 10th anniversary.Thank you for supporting us in our strive for a sustainable, just and peaceful world for today's and future generations.
Stefan Schurig, Alexandra Wandel & Jakob von Uexkull
The Management Board






ZERO PROJECT CONFERENCE 2017 IN VIENNA

The conference will take place from 22 – 24 February at the United Nations Office/Vienna, Austria
What are the best policies and practices to advance disability-inclusive employment and vocational education? From February 22-24, the sixth Zero Project Conference will celebrate and highlight such innovative policies and practices from around the world at the UN Office in Vienna, Austria. The conference is organised together with the Essl Foundation and the European Foundation Centre.
READ MORE (https://conference.zeroproject.org/)


LESSONS FROM ARGENTINA'S DISARMAMENT PLAN

Left: WFC Disarmament coordinator Rob van Riet meeting with local government in Buenos Aires.
The production and trafficking of small arms and light weapons heightens tensions, undermines peace processes and fuels armed violence. Argentina's Firearm Surrender Programme, which won our Future Policy Award in 2013, aims to reduce the number of firearms in circulation, while at the same time promoting a culture of non-violence and peaceful conflict resolution. In January, our Peace & Disarmament Coordinator Rob van Riet held several meetings in Buenos Aires to discuss how to best share the experience of Argentina's Plan De Desarme with other countries.
READ MORE ABOUT THE POLICY (http://www.futurepolicy.org/policy-area/culture-of-peace/)


HOW ZANZIBAR PROTECTS CHILDREN'S RIGHTS

Left: The WFC RoC-Team at meetings with experts |Right: Zanzibari children playing in the streets.
There is a lot of talk about the need to include children in decisions that affect them. In Zanzibar, such words have been put into action: its innovative Children’s Act (2011) enables children and youth to participate in decision-making processes concerning their own rights. Our Rights of Children team has just returned from a week long field trip to these semi-autonomous Tanzanian islands off Africa’s east coast to see the effects of the implementation of the law in action and to find out how other countries can follow Zanzibar's example.
READ MORE (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/empowering-youth-protecting-child-rights-zanzibars-childrens-act/)

DATABASE OF SUSTAINABLE POLICIES
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In times of political upheaval and global crises, learning about policy solutions that can help achieve sustainable development is more important than ever. Check out our database of tried and tested solutions from around the world !
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KEHKASHAN BASU WINS TURNER PRIZE
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Kehkashan at the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.|dubaiprnetwork.com
Congratulations to our Youth Ambassador Kehkashan Basu who was just awarded the Turner Prize for her work on environmental protection, biodiversity conservation and fighting climate change.
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HAPPY VALENTINE'S: TLATLETLOCO TREATY TURNS 50

Above: Alfonso García Robles signing the Treaty of Tlatelolco on behalf of Mexico on 14th February 1967, Mexico City. Image: OPANAL
February 14th marked the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Tlatelolco. Perhaps not widely known, this unprecedented initiative created a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Latin America and the Caribbean. But while the Treaty denuclearised a continent, the whole world has benefited.
READ MORE (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/tlatelolco-treaty-turns-50-shows-no-signs-losing-relevance/)


RE-CONNECTING EUROPE: HOW RENEWABLES CAN UNITE THE CONTINENT

Above: Policy Debate at the European Parliament in Brussels
Energy has always been a strategic element for national governments, which they had to control in order to signal strength and power. In the new energy world, national borders will not have the same meaning anymore.  In late January, we co-hosted a cross-party policy debate at the European Parliament with three MEPs and the Heinrich Boell Foundation, to discuss regional cooperation in the energy transition and how to upscale renewable energy. Examples from across Europe highlight how renewable energy technology has the power to unite the continent during critical times of Euroscepticism and nationalism.
READ MORE (http://guests.blogactiv.eu/2017/02/01/re-connecting-europe-how-renewables-can-unite-the-continent/)


BRAND NEW PUBLICATIONS

Our new report about debt and assets helps to understand the balance of global wealth and debt by illustrating the important distinction of the individual and the macroeconomic perspective on the economy.
Read more (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/debt-asset-macroeconomic-perspective/)

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?
Read more (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/financial-market-reform-strengthening-public-interest/)

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.

Read more (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/protecting-refugee-women-and-girls-from-violence/)


OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS
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Annual General Meeting 2017
30 March - 02 April 2017 in Bregenz

Want to make a difference in 2017?
Become a WFC Supporter!
We give a voice to future generations and stand up for their rights by providing policy tools to empower millions of people around the world. Become a supporter to make the world a more sustainable place.
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Contact us
World Future Council
Lilienstraße 5-9 Hamburg
20095 Germany
info@worldfuturecouncil.org

Empowering youth and protecting child rights: Zanzibar’s Children’s Act

We hear a lot these days about the need to include children in decisions that affect them, but it’s a real pleasure when there’s a genuine commitment to participation that leads to positive real world impacts for children. It’s even more impressive when this commitment comes from a place with limited budgets and no shortage of alternative competing priorities. Such is the case in Zanzibar with its innovative Children’s Act (2011).
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