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Laureates of the Right Livelihood Award and members of the World Future Council from more than 30 countries hail Greenpeace protests against Gazprom’s Arctic oil drilling as a “service to humanity”

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Hamburg/Stockholm  10 November 2013: Today more than 75 laureates of the Right Livelihood Award – often called the “Alternative Nobel Prize“ –  and members of the World Future Council called upon the Russian authorities to immediately release the 28 Greenpeace activists and two journalists arrested for their peaceful protest against oil drilling in the Arctic. The signatories from more than 30 countries “applaud the sober minded and non-violent protests against Gazprom’s oil drilling in the Arctic, which poses a dangerous threat to the fragile Arctic environment and the global climate”. The crew from the Greenpeace ship “Arctic sunrise” have been in jail in Russia for more than 50 days and are faced with allegations of piracy and hooliganism for their peaceful protest of the Prirazlomnaya oil platform belonging to the international oil and gas company Gazprom.

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Nuclear power expansion plans condemned

Global coalition of “Alternative Nobel Prize” laureates and members of the World Future Council condemn nuclear power expansion plans

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Hamburg, July 16th 2013: A global coalition of laureates of the Right Livelihood Award and members of the World Future Council warns against an expansion of nuclear power, describing it as “an unbearable inheritance to future generations.” The statement is triggered by recent attempts of developing countries and emerging economies to build new nuclear power plants. The 60 signatories of the statement issued today express their particular concern over countries such as Argentina, Brazil, China, India and South Africa which are either in the process of expanding existing nuclear programmes or intend to initiate such programmes in the near future.

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The World Future Council and Deutsche Welle team up for this year’s Global Media Forum

Joint press release by Deutsche Welle and the World Future Council

Sharing ideals and objectives, the World Future Council and Deutsche Welle have formed a partnership for this year’s Global Media Forum in June, where more than 2,000 participants from around the world are expected.

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12-year-old environmentalist advises World Future Council

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‘European Hero’ Jakob von Uexkull: “We very much look forward to learning from her”

Hamburg/Dubai, 01 February:  The international policy research organisation World Future Council has appointed 12-year-old Kehkashan Basu as youth advisor. Basu, who lives with her parents in Dubai, was the youngest participant at the official UN Earth Summit Rio +20. She is also the first minor who has ever been appointed the UN Environment Programme’s global coordinator for Major Group “Children and Youth” (MGCY). The MGCY is the official voice for young people in  UN activities on sustainable development.

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World Future Council opens new liaison office on UN Human Rights Day

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Human rights are at the heart of our future

Geneva is the global centre for the advancement of human rights / World Future Council opens new liaison office on UN Human Rights Day

Geneva, 10 December: Geneva is the world’s focal point for the protection, promotion and fulfillment of human rights, hosting the UN Human Rights Council and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. However, due to policy-making that has so far paid little regard to long-term economic, environmental and social consequences, many people around the world still see their most fundamental rights violated. In order to counter such short-sighted policy-making, the World Future Council, a foundation promoting policies for a healthy and equitable planet, has decided to cooperate even more closely with the United Nations and to open a new liaison office in Geneva to coincide with UN Human Rights Day.

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H.H Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak AlNahyan inaugurated the World Future Council 6th Annual General Meeting in Abu Dhabi

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Abu Dhabi, 23 November 2012 – H.H Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak AlNahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, has inaugurated the World Future Council’s 6th Annual General Meeting. The four day meeting is taking place at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, organized by Nahtam Social Responsibility and Abdul Majeed Al Fahim.

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Earth Emergency: World Future Council issues Global Policy Action Plan

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International experts have identified 24 tipping-point policies to preserve a habitable planet

Hamburg, Germany, 4 June 2012 – With growing climate chaos and desertification, biodiversity decline, ocean pollution and forest decimation, the interlinked crises brought about by human action are threatening the very capacity of the earth to sustain life. Defining a political framework for changing course, the policy advocacy organisation World Future Council presents an emergency policy agenda consisting of 24 tipping-point policies that need to be implemented globally to preserve a habitable planet.

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World Future Council celebrates 5th anniversary

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Foundation boasts impressive track record

Hamburg, 8 May 2012. Five years ago, on May 10th 2007, 50 respected personalities from around the world convened in Hamburg, Germany for the founding congress of the World Future Council (WFC). Since then, much has been achieved, as WFC Founder Jakob von Uexkull pointed out today in Hamburg: “The WFC has lived up to its mission to provide a voice for future generations. We have been working closely with decision-makers and parliamentarians, and successfully helping to implement sustainable policies.” The donor-funded foundation is now regarded as an important advisory body for decisions-makers on climate and energy, sustainable economy and future justice.

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New Councillors to Change the World

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International Strengthening of the World Future Council

Hamburg. 23 December 2011. Daryl Hannah recently joined the World Future Council (WFC). The American actress and committed environmental advocate and activist is one out of five outstanding personalities to have made the WFC family bigger and thereby boost its effectiveness. The German-based foundation brings together up to 50 respected personalities from all five continents, from governments, parliaments, the arts, civil society, science and business. Together they form a global voice, speaking up for the rights of future generations.

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Future Policy Award crowns world’s best forest policies

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Forest laws and policies in Rwanda, The Gambia and the US beat out 17 other nominees to win 2011 Future Policy Award

New York, 21 September 2011. Rwanda’s National Forest Policy was proclaimed the winner of the 2011 Future Policy Award. The Gambia’s Community Forest Policy and the US Lacey Act with its amendment of 2008 received the Silver Awards. The three winning policies which most effectively contribute to the conservation and sustainable development of forests for the benefit of current and future generations were announced on 21 September 2011 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

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