Rio+20 Must Guarantee a Right to the Future – Launch of online petition on World Day of Social Justice

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Hamburg/Lisbon/London/Osnabrück – 20th February 2012. The World Future Council, Terre des Hommes and Portuguese NGO Oikos, are launching an online petition for signatures demanding that world leaders support the call for Rio+20 to establish Ombudspersons for Future Generations, to coincide with the World Day of Social Justice on 20 February. It is available in five languages at www.righttothefuture.org

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After Durban: UNCSD meeting in New York sets the Vision for Rio and for our Future

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World Future Council campaigns for “Ombudspersons for Future Generations”

Hamburg / Brussels. 12. December 2011. Starting December 15th the 2nd Inter-sessional Meeting of UNCSD will take place in New York. These talks will be the first to consider the shape and structure of the Rio conference next June. Members of the World Future Council’s Future Justice team will be attending the negotiations and raising the proposal for “Ombudspersons for Future Generations” at all governance levels to safeguard the planet and its people. More information on the concept can be found at www.futurejustice.org.

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A Law to Stop the Destruction of Nature

Mock Trial on ‘Ecocide’ at UK Supreme Court Tomorrow

London / Hamburg, 29 September 2011. On 30 September 2011, the UK Supreme Court in London will host a mock trial on a proposed law against ecocide organized by the Hamilton Group. “There is a growing legal norm against the destruction of the environment, but a lack of formal mechanisms to enforce this. The mock trial is a vital step in building political momentum and legal mechanisms to protect the environment now and into the future,” says Alyn Ware, Consultant for the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms and Councillor of the World Future Council (WFC).

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Escaping the dictatorship of short termism

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Ombudspersons for Future Generations gain support in UN consultations

Hamburg / Brussels / London, 5 September 2011. The 64th Annual UN DPI/NGO conference in Bonn, Germany, a key milestone event on the road to the critical UN Earth Summit (UNCSD 2012) next June, ended on September 5 with an outcome document which will be presented to all member states at the UN General Assembly in September. Attended by over 2000 delegates from civil society, governments and UN institutions it served to identify promising proposals for the ongoing negotiations around a Green Economy and Governance for Sustainable Development.

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Sustainability can be made a political reality

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World Future Council to start campaign on Guardians for Future Generations

Lisbon, 28.5. 2010. The international conference on “Ways to Legally Implement Intergenerational Justice“ brought international legal experts to Lisbon on May 27-28 in order to create anti-dotes to the political and economic short-termism that increasingly threatens our future living conditions. The conference was co-hosted by the World Future Council and the Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations. Its goal was to discuss policy concepts and concrete law changes that would help to finally make sustainability a reality: “The term sustainability can be found in almost every declaration and corporate report now, but policy advances to implement sustainable solutions are regularly watered down”, summarizes Dr. Maja Göpel, Director Future Justice of the World Future Council. “Democracies have a strong tendency to favour present voters and lobbyists over future citizens that have no political or financial power. But the results of this myopic game are that we are rapidly closing the options for our children and grandchildren.”

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This is sustainability: Institutions against the dictatorship of short-term profits

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One year before Rio+20, a new website for ombudspersons for future generations is introduced

Hamburg / Brussels / London, 3 June 2011. There is exactly one year to go: The next United Nations conference on sustainable development will take place from 4th to 6th of June, 2012 in Rio. But how can sustainability succeed? The World Future Council from Hamburg puts forward a concrete proposal: Ombudspersons for future generations on all governance levels. What exactly lies behind this concept, where and by whom it is being discussed, and how it fits into the Rio Agenda is explained on the new website. Today, an animated film has been launched on www.futurejustice.org to illustrate this idea.

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MEPs criticise lack of long-term vision

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Brussels, September 16, 2010: Several European Parliamentarians said the European Commission’s “Youth on the Move” strategy paper is lacking a long-term vision. In the 18-page paper the Commission presents its proposals on how to fight youth unemployment in the European Union, which it estimates at 21%.
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Crimes against Future Generations need to become taboo

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World Future Council meets international law community

Montreal/Hamburg, 29. Mai 2009. How can we prevent and prosecute activities today that severely threaten the living conditions and health of those living in the future? This was the theme at the symposium of 120 international law experts in Montréal on May 28-29, where the World Future Council (WFC) presented its pioneering work on Crimes against Future Generations for discussion.
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Crimes against Future Generations: A New Approach

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Abstract

This legal working paper discusses the creation of a new international crime: crimes against future generations. The initiative of creating crimes against future generations grew from discussions held by the Commission on Future Justice set up by the World Future Council (WFC) to develop new laws and policies in order to guarantee human security, ecological integrity and social equity in the interest of future generations and was led by Hon. Christopher J. Weeramantry, Bianca Jagger, and Prof. Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger.