NEWSLETTER MARCH 2017 Donate Now (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/donate/) 10 YEARS WORLD FUTURE COUNCIL img 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/)
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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