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
http://www.futurepolicy.org

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 !
READ MORE (http://www.futurepolicy.org)
KEHKASHAN BASU WINS TURNER PRIZE
http://m.dubaiprnetwork.com/pr.asp?pr=118360
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.
READ MORE (http://m.dubaiprnetwork.com/pr.asp?pr=118360)


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

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Media and Communications Manager

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

 Responsibilities:

  • 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

Profile:

  • 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 alexandra.schiffmann@worldfuturecouncil.org. Subject heading: Application title and your name.

 

Deadline for applications: February 28th 2017. Only candidates invited for interview will be contacted.

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).
Read more

Debt and Asset: From a Macroeconomic Perspective

Abstract

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.

Sixth Zero Project Conference will be held in Vienna

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

Alfonso García Robles signing the Treaty of Tlatelolco on behalf of Mexico 14 February 1967, Mexico City

As the Tlatelolco Treaty turns 50 it shows no signs of losing its relevance

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 Market Reform: Strengthening Public Interest

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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.

UNCCD Monique Barbut and Alexandra Wandel FPA 17

Winter update from the WFC!

NEWSLETTER
JANUARY 2017
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10 years World Future Council
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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

Above: WFC Director Alexandra Wandel (left) with Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary at UNCCD.
Every year, we honour the most visionary policies in a specific field with the Future Policy Award, the only award that celebrates polices rather than people. This year, together with the United Nations Convention on Combating Desertification (UNCCD), we will identify and award policies that effectively combat desertification and land degradation - a key element in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
READ MORE (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/un-desertification-chief-signs-partnership-agreement-world-future-council/)

TRUMP AND THE WIMPS
Our Founder Jakob von Uexkull weighs in on Trump presidency
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jakob-von-uexkull/trump-and-the-wimps_b_13789510.html
Those who understand the threats we are facing now need to come together in a new coalition and be ready to fight as hard as our opponents, who are ready to sacrifice the earth to preserve their privileges. For the sake of our and our children’s future we now have to show Donald Trump and the world that we have the better story - and are not wimps.
READ MORE (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jakob-von-uexkull/trump-and-the-wimps_b_13789510.html)

Education a key driver to deliver climate action
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jakob-von-uexkull/education-a-key-driver-to_b_12953012.html
We are facing increasing climate and environmental changes. What steps can we take to deliver climate action? Education for sustainable development is central for reaching the goals set in the promises of Paris. Find out more about the benefits of environmental literacy in this Huffington Post article by WFC founder Jakob von Uexkull.
READ MORE (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jakob-von-uexkull/education-a-key-driver-to_b_12953012.html)
100 % RE a must for limiting global warming

While national governments have committed to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees by ratifying the Paris Agreement, 2016 was another hottest year on record. The climate is changing faster than at any point in human history and aggressive action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is urgent. Read here, why 100% Renewable Energy is a must!
READ MORE (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/100-renewable-energy-must-limiting-global-warming-1-5-degrees/)

REMEMBERING OUR FOUNDING MEMBERS
We are mourning the passing of Honorary Councillors Judge Weeramantry and Sir James R. Mancham
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Above: Judge C.G. Weeramantry (left) and Sir James R. Mancham (right) will be greatly missed.
We are deeply saddened by the loss of two of our founding members and Honorary Councillors: Judge C.G. Weeramantry (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/world-future-council-mourns-death-founding-member-honorary-councillor-judge-weeramantry/) and Sir James R. Mancham (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/world-future-council-mourns-death-founding-member-honorary-councillor-sir-james-r-mancham/) . Our heartfelt condolences go out to their families. Judge C.G. Weeramantry and Sir James R. Mancham will be missed as friends and important counsel of the World Future Council.






BRAND NEW 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/)

By electrifying the cooking sector with renewable sources in rural areas in Africa, Asia, and South America, millions of people’s lives could be saved while helping to limit global warming to 1.5C.
READ MORE (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/beyond-fire-achieve-sustainable-cooking/)

The international community agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions to a level that will limit the rise in average global temperatures to 1.5°C. How are we going to finance such a fundamental transformation?
READ MORE (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/financing-1-5c-limit/)

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info@worldfuturecouncil.org
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Enhancing Regional Renewables Cooperation in the EU

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Abstract

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:

World Future Council mourns death of founding member and Honorary Councillor Sir James R. Mancham

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