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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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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

Debt and Asset: From a Macroeconomic Perspective

Abstract

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.

Zanzibar's Children's Act

WFC’s Rights of Children team explores Zanzibar’s Children’s Act

The World Future Council’s Rights of Children team will be in Zanzibar next week to explore the islands’ comprehensive child rights approach which has led to a marked change in attitude towards children. Zanzibar’s Children’s Act was the gold award winner of the WFC’s 2015 Future Policy Award and used a pioneering community-level child participation process to find out what Zanzibari children wanted to see in the Act. We’ll be working to help other countries follow Zanzibar’s lead in the coming months.
Read more

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UN desertification chief signs partnership agreement with World Future Council

2017 Future Policy Award celebrates world’s most effective policies to combat desertification

Hamburg/Bonn, 12 January 2017 – Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention on Combating Desertification (UNCCD) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the World Future Council in Hamburg, Germany, to establish a framework of cooperation in the fight against desertification and land degradation. This is a key element in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Read more

The best way to honour Judge Weeramantry is by learning from and using his legacy

With the passing of Judge C.G. Weeramantry on 5 January the peace, disarmament and sustainability movements have lost a monumental figure. Judge Weeramantry dedicated his life to strengthening and expanding the rule of international law and demonstrated how the rule of law can be used to address critical global challenges such as the continued threat of nuclear weapons, the protection of human rights and the protection of the environment.

In addition to being one of the brightest legal minds on these issues, he was a tireless activist. Nuclear weapons were always a particular concern of his. As we face a future still marked by the nuclear threat, his wisdom and activism will be sorely missed. Fortunately, in the five decades spanning his career he has produced some of the most pioneering, convincing and eloquent analysis and arguments on the need to eliminate nuclear weapons.

We would do well to revisit some of Judge Weeramantry’s treatises and learn from them as we continue to make the case for a world free of nuclear weapons. These include:

 

  • Dissenting Opinion, International Court of Justice Advisory Opinion on the Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons

    As relevant today as when he wrote it, Judge Weeramantry’s strong dissent from the majority’s decision to leave undetermined the legality of the use of nuclear weapons in self-defence when the survival of the state would be at stake, is one of the most authoritative and comprehensive arguments on the illegality of nuclear weapons “in all circumstances and without reservation.”

    See here for a summary.

  • Why the Nuclear Danger Grows from Day to Day

    The World Future Council co-published this informative booklet with the Weeramantry International Centre for Peace Education and Research on the occasions of the 2005 and 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conferences. In concise yet convincing arguments, Judge Weeramantry highlights the uniqueness of the nuclear threat and how our complacency risks the human future: “Never in the history of humanity has such urgency existed in relation to any issue and never were the consequences so devastating to the human future and to all that we hold dear. The danger grows not from year to year or from month to month but from day to day.”

As long as nuclear weapons exist, Judge Weeramantry’s unique insights and arguments remain powerful and pertinent. Using the legacy he has left us to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons would be the greatest tribute we can pay him.

Policy Intern

The World Future Council is looking for a:

Position: Policy Intern
Location: Hamburg office
Working hours: 40 hours per week
Period: Three months

The World Future Council consists of 50 eminent global change-makers from governments, parliaments, civil society, academia, the arts and business. We work to pass on a healthy planet and just societies to our children and grandchildren with a focus on identifying and spreading effective, future-just policy solutions. The World Future Council was launched in 2007 by Jakob von Uexkull, Founder of the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’.

 

Purpose of the job:

You will be working as a Policy Intern on two WFC programmes: the Global Policy Action Plan and Future Justice. You will help to identify, research and disseminate exemplary policy solutions and assist in general co-ordination and administration. This position provides an excellent insight into the work of an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) and covers many areas of work including:

  • Support the successful international programme on Guardians for Future Generations
  • Conduct research and policy analysis to contribute to the Global Policy Action Plan
  • Monitor international developments and processes, including the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Prepare written articles, briefings and speeches
  • Assist with website maintenance and social media updates
  • Perform basic administration tasks as required

 

Profile:

  • Research experience
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in German and English (other languages are an asset)
  • Ability to manage and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Experience in website management
  • Student or University Graduate
  • Knowledge in sustainability policies and law preferable

The WFC offers an attractive international work environment. Candidates should have EU citizenship or a relevant visa for the time of the internship.

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV with your possible starting date to Catherine Pearce catherine.pearce@worldfuturecouncil.org.

Please note that only candidates invited for interview will be contacted.

Climate Energy Policy Intern

The World Future Council is looking for a:

Position: Climate Energy Policy Intern
Location: Hamburg office
Working hours: 40 hours per week
Period: Every three months – next open period: May 2017 – July 2017

The World Future Council consists of 50 eminent global change-makers from governments, parliaments, civil society, academia, the arts and business. We work to pass on a healthy planet and just societies to our children and grandchildren with a focus on identifying and spreading effective, future-just policy solutions. The World Future Council was launched in 2007 by Jakob von Uexkull, Founder of the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’.

 

Purpose of the job:

As an intern of the growing Climate Energy Team you help to identify and disseminate exemplary policy solutions for accelerating the deployment of renewable energy and to reduce the ecological footprint of cities. This position provides an excellent insight into the work of an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) and covers many areas of work including:

  • Provide assistance to the Senior Management of the Climate Energy Team
  • Support the successful international campaign work on 100% renewable energy
  • Conduct research and policy analysis
  • Preparing speeches and presentations, compile campaign updates and texts for the climate energy blog.
  • Prepare and attend internal and external meetings

 

Profile:

  • Research experience
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in German and English (other languages are an asset)
  • Knowledge of renewable energy and energy efficiency policies or related fields preferable
  • Ability to manage and meet deadlines
  • Team working skills, flexibility, creativity and willingness to learn
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Student or University Graduate

 

During the internship, the WFC offers support for living costs, an attractive international work environment as well as training possibilities. Candidates should have EU citizenship or a relevant visa for the time of the internship.

 

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV with your possible starting date to Adriana Pereira Arteaga adriana.pereira@worldfuturecouncil.org

Please note that only candidates invited for interview will be contacted.

Judge C.G. Weeramantry

World Future Council mourns death of founding member and Honorary Councillor Judge Weeramantry

The World Future Council is deeply saddened by the loss of founding member and Honorary Councillor, Judge C.G. Weeramantry who passed away in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 5 January 2017.

Judge Weeramantry was a Judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) from 1991 to 2000, serving as its Vice-President from 1997 to 2000 and a Judge of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka from 1967 to 1972.

During his time as an ICJ judge, Weeramantry contributed to several landmark cases before the Court. These included a case on the illegality of the use and threat to use of nuclear weapons where he shared remarkable and poignant observations, and the case concerning the Gabcikovo-Nagymaros project which contributed to the furtherance of international sustainable development law.

In the course of his professional career of over five decades as lawyer, legal educator, domestic judge, international judge, author and lecturer, Judge Weeramantry played a leading role in several developing areas of the law. These included the illegality of nuclear weapons, sustainable development, rights of future generations, exploring the interface areas between law and religion and promoting cross cultural understanding.  He was also a passionate advocate of peace education which he believed should include teaching principles of international law at an early age.

He has written over twenty books, most of them extremely influential and translated into many languages, and lectured extensively on these topics in over forty countries.  His book, ‘Nuclear Weapons and Scientific Responsibility’ pioneered the concept of ethics in science, challenged the notion that science is neutral, and introduced the idea of a ‘Hippocratic oath’ for scientists. His book ‘Tread Lightly on the Earth’ offers a pronounced insight and analysis of the concerns of the world’s principal religions with the preservation and nurturing of the natural environment.

After stepping down from the ICJ, Weeramantry took up the position of President of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms, and continued advancing the application of international law for the benefit of peace and humanity in his new position. This included drafting, and presenting to the UN Security Council a seminal statement on the illegality of the preventive use of force, endorsed by over 200 prominent judges, legal scholars and lawyers from around the world. As IALANA President he also penned an influential public statement, in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, on the application of future justice principles to nuclear energy – in order to highlight its illegality and stupidity.

The Judge was founding Chair of the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law’s International Commission, and then, for 16 years, Patron‎ of the Centre, which is based at McGill University in Montreal, Cambridge University, the University of Nairobi, and the University of Chile.

Weeramantry also founded the Weeramantry International Centre for Peace Education and Research which produced a vast corpus of research and writing based on Weeramantry’s legal knowledge and philosophy for humanity.

Judge Weeramantry received a number of prestigious awards including the Sri Lankabhimanya (highest National Honour of Sri Lanka), Right Livelihood Award (‘Alternative Nobel Peace Prize’) and the UNESCO Peace Education Prize, which he received in recognition of his commitment and concrete undertakings in support of the concept and culture of peace through his career.

With this letter our heartfelt condolences go out to his family. Judge C.G. Weeramantry will be missed as a friend as well as a moral authority.