World’s best policies on land restoration shortlisted for Future Policy Award 2017

Hamburg/Bonn, 20 July 2017 – The 2017 Future Policy Award has released a shortlist of the world’s best policies for tackling land degradation, one of humanity’s foremost challenges that undermines food security, livelihoods and the health of hundreds of millions of people.

 

The six shortlisted policies are from Australia, Brazil, China, Ethiopia’s Tigray Region, Jordan, and Niger. The international 4 per 1000 initiative is also contending for the Future Policy Award.

The prestigious award, which focuses on a different area of policy progress each year, celebrates exemplary laws that create better living conditions for current and future generations.

For this year’s award, the World Future Council teamed up with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) to highlight laws and policies that contribute in two ways.

 

First, laws that protect of life and livelihoods in the drylands. Drylands cover close to 40 per cent of the Earth’s land and are extremely vulnerable to over-exploitation, inappropriate land use and climate variability. They are among the most conflict- and drought-prone regions of the world.

Droughts, which are getting more severe, frequent and widespread with climate change, are common in drylands, and can amplify tensions within and between communities. In the last century, droughts killed more people than any other weather-related catastrophe.

Second, laws that advance Sustainable Development Goal 15, target 3, which is to combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a land degradation-neutral world.

Political instability, deforestation, overgrazing and bad irrigation practices can all contribute to desertification. Without action to restore and rehabilitate degraded land, an estimated 135 million people are at risk of being displaced by desertification.

 

UNCCD’s Executive Secretary Monique Barbut describes desertification as “a silent, invisible crisis that is destabilizing communities on a global scale.”

 

In total, twenty-seven policies and initiatives from 18 countries were nominated. Shortlisted as the world’s best policies to combat desertification and land degradation are:

  • Australia: Indigenous Protected Areas programme and Working on Country Indigenous Rangers programme. Indigenous Rangers are at the forefront of tackling environmental degradation right across Australia. 75 Indigenous Protected Areas now make up more than 44 per cent of the National Reserve System and have created the world’s largest contiguous area of protected arid land.
  • Brazil: Cistern Programme and the National Programme to Support Rainwater Harvesting and Other Social Technologies for Access to Water. This programme is a participative, bottom-up way to provide water for consumption and for growing food and keeping livestock. It empowers millions of the poorest people in the region to be in control of their own needs, to generate income and enhance their food security.
  • China: Law of the People’s Republic of China on Prevention and Control of Desertification. This is the world’s first integrated law dedicated to combating desertification. It provides a framework for China’s National Action Programme and a host of projects aimed at rehabilitating at risk land. Over the last 15 years, China has reversed the trend of desertification. It is no coincidence that the country lifted more than 700 million people out of poverty during the same period.
  • Ethiopia’s Tigray Region: Conservation-Based Agricultural Development-Led Industrialization supported by Mass Mobilization Campaigns and the Youth Responsive Land Policy More people less erosion. The Tigray region’s interpretation of Ethiopia’s development strategy focusses on food self-sufficiency and economic growth by conserving land and promoting sustainable agriculture. With unique collective action, voluntary labour and the involvement of youth the people of Tigray are restoring land on a massive scale.
  • International: The 4 per 1000 Initiative: Soils for Food Security and Climate. This awareness raising, high-level political initiative communicates a new concept for mitigating climate change through the annual increase in soil organic carbon by 0.4 per cent in the top 30-40 cm of the agricultural soils. It encourages a paradigm shift in agricultural practice.
  • Jordan: Updated Rangeland Strategy for Jordan. Traditionally, Bedouin people in Jordan effectively govern their rangelands through their own land tenure systems and grazing rights known as “Hima”. The Rangeland Strategy embraces this holistic concept which integrates natural resources, community life, ethics, animal welfare and more.
  • Niger: 3N Initiative ‘Nigeriens Nourishing Nigeriens’ – Strategy for food security, nutrition, and sustainable agricultural development. The initiative is a large-scale and cross-sectoral policy enhancing sustainable agricultural development and socio-economic resilience of farmers and herders. It was developed in an inclusive and participatory process. Since 2011, Niger has reduced the number of people suffering from hunger by 50 per cent.

 

The winners will be announced on 22 August 2017. The award ceremony will take place during the Thirteen Session of the Conference of the Parties of UNCCD in Ordos, China, scheduled from 6-16 September 2017.

The Future Policy Award is unique in focusing global attention towards the most effective policies changing lives across the planet. The aim of the award is to raise global awareness for exemplary laws and policies.

The policy evaluation is based on the “Seven Principles for Future Just Lawmaking.” Consequently, policies score high not only by promoting the sustainable use of resources but also by addressing equity, eradication of poverty, participation, and peaceful resolution of conflicts.

For more information, please visit
https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/future-policy-award/
https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/p/2017-desertification/
http://www.futurepolicy.org/

 

 

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Wagaki Wischenewsjki
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United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
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wwischnewski@unccd.int

The World Future Council

The World Future Council brings the interests of future generations to the centre of policy-making. Its up to 50 eminent members from around the globe have already successfully promoted change. The Council addresses challenges to our common future and provides decision makers with effective policy solutions. In close cooperation with civil society actors, parliamentarians, governments, business and international organizations the World Future Council identifies “best policies” around the globe. The World Future Council is registered as a charitable foundation in Hamburg, Germany.

The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is the only legally binding international agreement on land issues. The Convention promotes good land stewardship. Its 196 Parties aim, through partnerships, to implement the Convention and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The end goal is to protect our land, from over-use and drought, so it can continue to provide us all with food, water and energy. By sustainably managing land and striving to achieve land degradation neutrality, now and in the future, we will reduce the impact of climate change, avoid conflict over natural resources and help communities to thrive.

Press Release: Scientists, business leaders and civil society to G20: implement the Paris Agreement, with or without the United States

Berlin/Hamburg, June 13, 2017: Today, an alliance of over 30 foundations representing a capital in the double-digit billion range (US dollars) has joined forces with a group of stakeholders from science, business, and civil society to call on the G20 to implement the Paris Agreement even without the US. In a joint statement, the alliance – consisting of G20 engagement groups such as the Business 20, Think Tank 20, Women 20 and Labour 20 – criticised the US’ withdrawal from the Paris Agreement as “short-sighted and irresponsible”, adding that the Paris Climate Agreement is indispensable in tackling the global climate crisis.

 

“The remaining 19 members of the G20 should convincingly show their willingness to implement the Paris Agreement at the upcoming G20 Summit in Hamburg”

the statement says.

 

Heads of State around the globe have spoken out in favour of the Paris Agreement with impressive force. It’s now time to translate our ambitious words into action. A great number of businesses, investors, scientists, environmental and human rights organisations, mayors and citizens have offered their support for this undertaking

says Johannes Merck, spokesperson of the Foundations Platform F20 and Chairman of the German Michael Otto Foundation for Environmental Protection.

 

The alliance has asked the 19 leading economies to submit revised Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) that are sufficient to reach the climate goals set forth in the Paris Agreement, to create a global mechanism on carbon pricing and to agree on a concrete timeline for phasing out fossil fuel subsidies. Furthermore, the group has urged the G20 to enable financial markets to deliver on sustainable development by promoting international disclosure and reporting standards for environmental and climate-related financial risk.

 

Background

The G20 engagement groups consist of international organizations from all G20 countries and beyond. They represent business (B20), civil society (C20), trade unions (“labor”, L20), youth groups (Y20), women groups (W20) and think tanks (T20). The statement was signed by the respective heads of the climate, energy and sustainability task forces of the engagement groups B20, C20, T20 and is supported by L20, Y20, W20 and F20.

 

The Statement of the G20 Engagement Groups is available here

 

The F20 Foundations Platform was founded in the run up to the G20 summit in Hamburg in July. On 4th July, the Foundations Platform will gather leaders from civil society, business, science and politics at an event in Hamburg. The aim is to demonstrate strong support for the global climate agenda as well as to discuss how to leverage the opportunities and benefits arising from transformational processes.

The F20 members are: Rockefeller Brothers Fund (US), the Wallace Global Fund (US), Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (India), the Tata Trusts (India), Avina Foundation (Latin America), FARN (Argentina), SEE Foundation (China), C Team (China), Instituto Arapyaú (Brasil), European Climate Foundation (Netherlands), Stiftung Zukunftsfähigkeit, Stiftung Mercator, Foundation 2° – German CEOs for Climate Protection, Michael Otto Foundation for Environmental Protection, WWF, German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU), the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius and the World Future Council (all Germany) and others. In total, the foundations represent a capital in the double-digit billion range (US dollars).

 

For more Information on the F20 Foundation Platform, visit www.foundations-20.org/

 

Media contact

Katrin Riegger

Head of Communications, European Climate Foundation

Katrin.Riegger@europeanclimate.org,

T: +49 (0) 30 847 12 11 96, M: +49 (0) 157 71 33 57 96

The World Future Council

The World Future Council brings the interests of future generations to the centre of policy-making. Its up to 50 eminent members from around the globe have already successfully promoted change. The Council addresses challenges to our common future and provides decision makers with effective policy solutions. In close cooperation with civil society actors, parliamentarians, governments, business and international organizations the World Future Council identifies “best policies” around the globe. The World Future Council is registered as a charitable foundation in Hamburg, Germany.

 

F20 Foundations Platform: A transformation that leaves no one behind

On 07 and 08 July 2017, the most influential industrialized and developing countries will come together in Hamburg for the G20-Summit. Leaders of the 19 largest economies and the European Union will discuss present challenges and future developments. In advance of this influential event, an unprecedented alliance of foundations and philanthropic organizations (F20) has gathered in order to further shape the political discourse on future sustainability measures before, during and after the G20 Summit.

Find out more on www.foundations-20.org

 

Press Release: “G6” sets the stage for G20 summit

In Hamburg Heads of State need to deliver on the implementation of climate and sustainability goals

Global Platform of Foundations for climate and sustainability,F20”, established ahead of G20 summit

Berlin/Hamburg, 30th May, 2017: According to a newly established global platform of foundations, the F20, ‘the G7 summit in Italy has set the stage for the upcoming G20 summit in Hamburg’. ‘Six of the seven Heads of State have demonstrated their determination to implement the Paris Agreement despite the reluctance of the US administration. It is now up to the most powerful economies to lead in turning the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement into reality’, they said in a joint statement.

On 7th and 8th July 2017 the most influential 20 industrialised countries and emerging economies will meet in Hamburg for the next G20 summit. On this occasion, the F20 group of more than 35 foundations and philanthropic organisations from nine countries – the first group of its kind – have joined forces to further advance action on climate change and the global energy transformation.

‘The German G20 presidency can rely on the support of businesses, think tanks, civil society, faith leaders and progressive countries when it comes to climate change. It is these groups that are driving global climate action, investing in sustainable infrastructure and helping create the jobs of the future in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas. The goals of the Paris Agreement have global support and are cemented every day as the low-carbon transition gathers pace’

said Laurence Tubiana, CEO of the European Climate Foundation.

Michael Northrop from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund said:

‘The low-carbon transition offers business opportunities, jobs and economic development, and a whole range of co-benefits like cleaner air, and a healthier environment. But the flows of investment necessary to leverage these opportunities and co-benefits at scale must accelerate. Growing numbers of foundations, pension funds, cities, and insurance companies are showing the way by divesting their capital from fossil fuels and by pioneering investment in clean energy solutions.’

In 2014, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund announced its decision to divest its more than $800 million fund from fossil fuels and reinvest in clean energy opportunities. Since 2014 more than $5 trillion of managed assets have elected to divest from coal and fossil fuels.

Ramiro Fernández, from Argentina and Climate Change Director at Fundación Avina, underlined the important role civil society needs to play within this transformation.

‘Civil society groups have always been a key driver of transformative change. The importance of civil society’s engagement in the name of preserving natural resources and in the global struggle for social justice – be it on an international, national or local level – cannot be overstated. The voices of civil society from all over the world need to be heard throughout the G20 process.’

Fundación Avina is a Latin American organisation working in Argentina where it hosts several projects on fostering democracy, environmental protection and sustainable development.

The F20 Foundations Platform will support the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda, climate action, and the deployment of renewable energies around future G20 summits. Furthermore, the Foundations Platform objective aims to highlight the strong role civil society is playing in this transformation. Among the participating foundations are the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (US), the Wallace Global Fund (US), Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (India), the Tata Trusts (India), Avina Foundation (Latin America), FARN (Argentina), SEE Foundation (China), C Team (China), Instituto Arapyaú (Brasil), European Climate Foundation (Netherlands), Stiftung Zukunftsfähigkeit, Stiftung Mercator, Foundation 2° – German CEOs for Climate Protection, Michael Otto Foundation for Environmental Protection, WWF, German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU), the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius and the World Future Council (all Germany). In total, the foundations represent a capital in the double-digit billion range (US dollars).

On 4th July, a few days before the G20 summit, the Foundations Platform will gather leaders from civil society, business, science and politics at an event in Hamburg. The aim is to demonstrate strong support for the global climate agenda as well as to discuss how to leverage the opportunities and benefits arising from transformational processes.

Among the speakers are the economist Lord Nicholas Stern, the sociologist Auma Obama, the author and former advisor to the US government Amory B. Lovins, the Chinese entrepreneur Wang Shi and Kurt Bock, Chair of the B20 Energy, Climate & Resource Efficiency Taskforce and CEO of BASF SE.

 

For more Information on the F20-Platform, visit www.foundations-20.org

Media contact

Katrin Riegger

Head of Communications, European Climate Foundation

Katrin.Riegger@europeanclimate.org,

T: +49 (0) 30 847 12 11 96, M: +49 (0) 157 71 33 57 96

The World Future Council

The World Future Council brings the interests of future generations to the centre of policy-making. Its up to 50 eminent members from around the globe have already successfully promoted change. The Council addresses challenges to our common future and provides decision makers with effective policy solutions. In close cooperation with civil society actors, parliamentarians, governments, business and international organizations the World Future Council identifies “best policies” around the globe. The World Future Council is registered as a charitable foundation in Hamburg, Germany.

 

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10th World Future Forum: in 2017 the World Future Council convenes in Bregenz

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. 

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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

World Future Forum: 9th Annual meeting of the World Future Council in Hamburg

More than 50 Councillors, Ambassadors and members of the Supervisory Board convened for our Annual General Meeting “Identifying Policy Solutions for a World of Growing Disorder and Inter-linked Crises” in Hamburg, Germany from 5-7 March. Councillors and Youth Ambassador Kehkashan Basu will provide keynote speeches and Councillors from all continents provided their view of the future and ways to achieve a peaceful, sustainable and just future.

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“The Global 100% Renewable Energy Coalition” called upon national governments to commit to 100% renewable energy targets and strategies

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UN Climate Talks: World Future Councillor Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf to co-chair critical negotiations

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