NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2017 Donate Now (http://worldfuturecouncil.org/donate) 10 YEARS WORLD FUTURE COUNCIL img 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
WORLD FUTURE COUNCIL – VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: February 28th 2017
The World Future Council (WFC) consists of 50 eminent global change-makers from governments, parliaments, civil society, academia, the arts and the business world. The WFC addresses challenges to our common future and provides decision-makers with effective policy solutions.
For its Head Office in Hamburg, the World Future Council is looking for a full-time
Media and Communications Manager
- Develop media strategy and implementation plan
- Coordinate on- and offline communications activities on an international level for all working areas (in partnership with Programme Managers)
- Coordinate Fundraising activities
- Identify press opportunities, working proactively to position the WFCs global and national messages to key targeted audiences
- Develop positive relationships with the media and maintain up-to-date media contacts
- Oversee development of on- and offline publications such as the monthly newsletter, leaflets, brochures, annual report
- Manage website strategy and content, review opportunities for development
- Managing all social media activity and seeking opportunities to increase followers and develop advertising strategies
- Maintain and develop regular reporting mechanisms to monitor success of all communications activities (including quarterly media evaluations)
- Plan, manage and monitor the communications budget
- Line-manage communications staff
- Excellent writing and communication skills in English and German
- Experience of working with content management systems
- An eye for visual and creative communication.
- Social media affinity (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn Flickr).
- Ability to multi-task and work with multiple units simultaneously.
- Video/ film experience
- Experience with graphic design (Photoshop/InDesign) an asset
- EU work permit is required
An initial one-year contract is offered. It is envisaged that the contract will be renewed after this period. To apply, please email a cover letter and CV with your possible starting date and salary expectations to email@example.com. Subject heading: Application title and your name.
Deadline for applications: February 28th 2017. Only candidates invited for interview will be contacted.
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).
The model of a thrifty housewife as the prototype of sustainable domestic bookkeeping is a familiar one. Indeed, the thrifty housewife does everything correctly when she takes care not to spend more than she earns, thus ensuring she does not live above her means. The situation, however, becomes more difficult when many households follow the same rule. In the national economy as a whole, the thrifty housewife can only succeed in her model of living if at least some other households spend more than they earn and become indebted, i.e. live above their means.
Each household can only earn interest on its savings if another economic sector borrows money and becomes indebted but at the same time makes enough profit with the borrowed credit to service the interest and repayment costs. If this is not the case no interest can be generated. The amount of financial assets of one side is always exactly the same as the debt of the other side.
Looking at this from a global perspective, a country can only reach an export surplus if at least one other country has a matching deficit. The attempt of all countries to achieve a surplus simultaneously will fail because the trade balance sheet of the global economy is always zero.
From 22-24th February 2017, together with the Essl Foundation and the European Foundation Centre, we convene the sixth Zero Project Conference at the United Nations Office in Vienna, Austria. The event is dedicated to celebrate and highlight 11 Innovative Policies and 56 Innovative Practices that have advanced disability-inclusive employment and vocational education and training from around the world. As in the past years, we expect more than 500 participants from more than 70 countries to join this international summit, which will consist of 35 events, workshops and panels, engaging close to 200 speakers. Read more
This Valentine’s Day, instead of splurging on roses and chocolates, why not do something different and take a moment with that special someone to commemorate the 50th anniversary of one of the most important multilateral treaties, of which you have probably never heard: the Treaty of Tlatelolco. Read more
Financial institutions and governments are keen to stress that regulation should not unnecessarily burden the financial sector. However, the key question must be: how can the public interest be effectively protected and strengthened? — This new WFC-brochure shows the urgent need for financial market reform to catch up and highlights new risks as well as methods and routes towards sustainable financial markets. It demonstrates how trade agreements such as CETA, TTIP and TiSA put enormous brakes on reform and contradict the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2017 Donate Now (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/donate/) 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. MORE INFORMATION (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/supporter/) 10 years World Future Council img Ten years ago, the Earth Charter (http://earthcharter.org/) stated: “We stand at a critical moment in Earth's history, a time when humanity must choose its future. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future at once holds great peril and great promise. To move forward (...) we must join together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace." For the past ten years, we have based our work on this premise. These days it couldn’t be more up to date. And we are committed to continuing our work in this spirit in 2017. Welcome to this year’s first newsletter edition - with a new and improved layout we look forward to updating you on our work towards a better future Stefan Schurig, Alexandra Wandel & Jakob von Uexkull The Management Board FUTURE POLICY AWARD CELEBRATES WORLD'S MOST EFFECTIVE POLICIES TO COMBAT DESERTIFICATION UN desertification chief Monique Barbut signs partnership agreement with the WFC
In five days in September 2016, 13 policy-makers and -shapers from 8 countries travelled 1,500 kilometres from Denmark via Germany and the Netherlands to Belgium.
Their mission? Exploring what regional cooperation means in practice and
how it can boost renewable energy in Europe.
This report presents their key insights, presents the learnings from the visited projects and summarises the main policy recommendations for decisionmakers on local, national and European level.
Policy Recommendations for European policy makers:
The World Future Council is deeply saddened by the loss of founding member and Honorary Councillor, Sir James R. Mancham, who passed away on January 8, 2017, aged 77. Read more