Calling on the UN to better address the needs of future generations

World Future Council sets the case for a High Commissioner for Future Generations in order to safeguard the lives of tomorrow

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London/NY, 1 July 2014 – The World Future Council has made a call for the UN to establish a High Commissioner for Future Generations to help facilitate a better understanding of how our actions today affect the lives of tomorrow. The appeal follows today’s UN convened discussion amongst governments and civil society on “Ideas and trends that can shape the lives of present and future generations” at the UN Headquarters in New York. Read more

Model Institutions for a Sustainable Future

Budapest: WFC Councillors Judge C. G. Weeramantry, Dr. Sándor Fülöp, and Dr. Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger as well as Future Justice Director Catherine Pearce contributed to this intensive three-day conference hosted by the office of the Hungarian Ombudsman for Future Generations.

Guarding our Future

Abstract

All over the world climate change, environmental destruction, financial crises, and the widening gap between rich and poor are spreading insecurity and fear. We know that big changes in running our societies are needed. Laudable declarations and inspiring ideas abound. Yet we seem to be experiencing deep inertia. How can we turn fine words into action?

Policy making seems to be stuck in a way of thinking that is inadequate in the face of severe global challenges. We have a collective responsibility to implement and deliver ambitious sustainable development strategies for an interconnected world of some 9.6 billion people by 20501 . We believe there is enough wealth on the planet to provide peace and wellbeing for all.

If we update our policies to protect long-term interests. If the rules of engagement are fair and for the common good. IF we protect diversity of life on this planet. The World Future Council is advocating a vision of Future Justice – common sense policy solutions that will benefit society as a whole and provide a high quality of life for generations to come.

  

BRAINPOoL Project

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Abstract

It is now widely recognised that the objectives that have dominated economic policy for the last 40 years and more – maximising Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and market efficiency – are no longer adequate goals for society. There is now a broad coalition that recognises that economic growth alone cannot deliver sustainability, social justice and improved well-being. Institutions such as Eurostat, the OECD, the World Bank, National Statistical Offices (NSOs) and others are responding to the desire from governments and civil society to consider a more nuanced set of economic policy objectives. At the same time non-governmental actors are using alternative ‘Beyond GDP’ indicators as an advocacy tool to promote more radical societal change including greater equality, higher levels of well-being for all and a vision of progress that is consistent with long-term environmental sustainability.

 

Alternative Indicators for Wealth

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Abstract

It is now widely recognised that the objectives that have dominated economic policy for the last 40 years and more – maximising Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and market efficiency – are no longer adequate goals for society. There is now a broad coalition that recognises that economic growth alone cannot deliver sustainability, social justice and improved well-being. Institutions such as Eurostat, the OECD, the World Bank, National Statistical Offices (NSOs) and others are responding to the desire from governments and civil society to consider a more nuanced set of economic policy objectives. At the same time non-governmental actors are using alternative ‘Beyond GDP’ indicators as an advocacy tool to promote more radical societal change including greater equality, higher levels of well-being for all and a vision of progress that is consistent with long-term environmental sustainability.

 

BRAINPOoL Conference

Paris: At the conference “Beyond GDP – from measurement to politics and policy”, the key findings and recommendations of the BRAINPOoL project on alternative indicators were presented.>>

Rio+20 Failure

World Future Council calls on governments to spread Future Just Policies

Rio de Janeiro, 22 June 2012 – As the Rio+20 Summit has failed to agree upon appropriate actions and targets in the interest of future generations in Rio de Janeiro, the World Future Council is now calling on governments, parliaments, intergovernmental bodies, media and youth to accelerate action towards a fair and sustainable shared future at international, national and local levels.

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Rio outcome postpones action

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 21 June 2012 – Heads of States are still delivering their statements, but the outcome document of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development 2012 will not be changed before the Summit closes on Friday evening. Governments are busily engaged in making the agreement sound like a good step forward, but scientists, civil society and business are heavily disappointed by the lack of concrete outcomes.

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Governments need to find their vision and hearing as the Rio Summit is set to start

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 19 June 2012 – Hours before Presidents and Prime Ministers arrive in Rio for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development on June 20 -22, the Brazilian government as hosts of the Conference have consolidated an outcome document. Unfortunately, the urge to deliver a final text has led to an across-the-board loss of meaningful proposals and a style of negotiation that resulted in a last-minute cancellation of the Swiss President.

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Rio+20: Bring the Future Back in the Text!

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Rio de Janeiro, 17 June 2012 – The newly released Rio+20 negotiation text by the host country Brazil is an attempt to “make all delegates a bit happy, and a bit unhappy” said Ambassador Luiz Alberto
Figueiredo Machado, Executive Secretary of Brazil’s National Commission for Rio+20. But for the World Future Council as well as youth representatives in Rio it is a cause for great concern as the
HighLevel Representative for Sustainable Development and Future Generations (previously Paragraph 80) has been deleted from the text.

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