World Future Council publishes “Bregenz Declaration” at World Future Forum

Hamburg, 5 April 2017 – After the World Future Forum 2017 in Bregenz, Austria, the World Future Council now publishes its “Bregenz Declaration”. The Councillors from governments, parliaments, civil society, indigenous peoples, academia, the arts and business regard climate change and nuclear weapons as mayor thread for humanity.
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The Bregenz Declaration – A Call to our Collective Consciousness

The World Future Council and all participants of the World Future Forum 2017 in Bregenz (c) Kongresskultur Bregenz. Photo by: Dietmar Mathis

We, the World Future Council commit to take action for systems change.

We commit ourselves to support the regeneration of our societies, our economies, our agriculture, our cities, our humanity and our Mother Earth, at this fragile moment in time when systems are disintegrating and degenerating.

Today, everyone’s actions – and failures to act – can decide the future of humanity.

 

 

If you, like us, believe this time of breakdown is and can be a time of breakthrough;

if you are willing to commit yourselves, as are we, to be the transformation that we know is possible;

if you, like us, see the compelling need for regenerative change –

join us.

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Spring news from the WFC!

NEWSLETTER
MARCH 2017
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10 YEARS WORLD FUTURE COUNCIL
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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/)

Around 500 participants attended the Zero Project Conference 2017 from February 22nd - 24th, which focused on improving the working conditions of people with disabilities. The celebration of successful initiatives took place at the UN office in Vienna where 56 innovative practices and 11 innovative policies on „Employment, Work and Vocational Education & Training“ received the Zero Project Award.
READ MORE  (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/policies-improve-access-work-people-disabilities-awarded-vienna/) https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/de/frieden-und-abruestung/

SUSTAINABLE POLICY SOLUTIONS FOR HEALTHY ECOSYSTEMS (http://www.futurepolicy.org/policy-area/healthy-ecosystems/)
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In today’s world, we are consuming the very foundations of our existence – the forests, the oceans, freshwater systems and the soil much faster than our planet can replenish them. To sustain healthy ecosystems, we need policies that ensure sustainable use of natural resources, to ensure food and water security, the reduction of poverty and to further human development.
READ MORE (http://www.futurepolicy.org/policy-area/healthy-ecosystems/)
EMPOWERING CHILDREN (https://theleapblog.org/empowering-children-to-confront-our-ecological-crisis/) WITH ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION () https://theleapblog.org/empowering-children-to-confront-our-ecological-crisis/
http://m.dubaiprnetwork.com/pr.asp?pr=118360
For educators and environmentalists, a crucial part of empowering our children to confront the challenges of the future is to help them develop an understanding of our natural world. And in some parts of the world this approach is already producing great results.
READ THE BLOGPOST (https://theleapblog.org/empowering-children-to-confront-our-ecological-crisis/) http://www.huffingtonpost.de/jakob-von-uexkuell/politik-energie-umwelt-klimaerwarmung_b_15181786.html


100% RENEWABLE ENERGY IN JAPAN (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/climate-energy-and-cities/) https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/climate-energy-and-cities/
http://www.huffingtonpost.de/rolf-kreibich/europa-zukunft-jugend-eliten-europaiesche-union-demokratie-politik_b_14569702.html
During a recent visit to Japan, Stefan Schurig, WFC Management Board member and director of the climate, energy and cities department, shared our experiences and work on the shift towards 100% Renewable Energy. During a series of events, he talked about the 100% RE movement and the specific role of Japan. A special highlight was a presentation at the REVision2017 conference on March 8th with around 600 participants. The annual conference is organised by the Renewable Energy Institute (REI), one of the most influential Renewable Energy think tanks in Japan.
MORE ABOUT OUR WORK ON 100% RE (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/climate-energy-and-cities/)


BRAND NEW PUBLICATIONS (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/media-room/publications/)

An increasing number of refugees worldwide are women and children. How can we better protect these women and girls from violence? This report highlights some exemplary practices and initiatives.
Read more (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/protecting-refugee-women-and-girls-from-violence/)

Our new report about debt and assets helps to understand the balance of global wealth and debt by illustrating the important distinction of the individual and the macroeconomic perspective on the economy.
Read more (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/debt-asset-macroeconomic-perspective/)

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 walks of life.
Read more (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/growing-food-windhoek/)


OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS
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World Future Forum 2017
30 March - 02 April 2017 in Bregenz

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WFC Ratsmitglieder und Mitarbeiter bei der 7. Jahresversammlung in Bonn

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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February news from the WFC!

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FEBRUARY 2017
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10 YEARS WORLD FUTURE COUNCIL
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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

The conference will take place from 22 – 24 February at the United Nations Office/Vienna, Austria
What are the best policies and practices to advance disability-inclusive employment and vocational education? From February 22-24, the sixth Zero Project Conference will celebrate and highlight such innovative policies and practices from around the world at the UN Office in Vienna, Austria. The conference is organised together with the Essl Foundation and the European Foundation Centre.
READ MORE (https://conference.zeroproject.org/)


LESSONS FROM ARGENTINA'S DISARMAMENT PLAN

Left: WFC Disarmament coordinator Rob van Riet meeting with local government in Buenos Aires.
The production and trafficking of small arms and light weapons heightens tensions, undermines peace processes and fuels armed violence. Argentina's Firearm Surrender Programme, which won our Future Policy Award in 2013, aims to reduce the number of firearms in circulation, while at the same time promoting a culture of non-violence and peaceful conflict resolution. In January, our Peace & Disarmament Coordinator Rob van Riet held several meetings in Buenos Aires to discuss how to best share the experience of Argentina's Plan De Desarme with other countries.
READ MORE ABOUT THE POLICY (http://www.futurepolicy.org/policy-area/culture-of-peace/)


HOW ZANZIBAR PROTECTS CHILDREN'S RIGHTS

Left: The WFC RoC-Team at meetings with experts |Right: Zanzibari children playing in the streets.
There is a lot of talk about the need to include children in decisions that affect them. In Zanzibar, such words have been put into action: its innovative Children’s Act (2011) enables children and youth to participate in decision-making processes concerning their own rights. Our Rights of Children team has just returned from a week long field trip to these semi-autonomous Tanzanian islands off Africa’s east coast to see the effects of the implementation of the law in action and to find out how other countries can follow Zanzibar's example.
READ MORE (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/empowering-youth-protecting-child-rights-zanzibars-childrens-act/)

DATABASE OF SUSTAINABLE POLICIES
http://www.futurepolicy.org

In times of political upheaval and global crises, learning about policy solutions that can help achieve sustainable development is more important than ever. Check out our database of tried and tested solutions from around the world !
READ MORE (http://www.futurepolicy.org)
KEHKASHAN BASU WINS TURNER PRIZE
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Kehkashan at the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.|dubaiprnetwork.com
Congratulations to our Youth Ambassador Kehkashan Basu who was just awarded the Turner Prize for her work on environmental protection, biodiversity conservation and fighting climate change.
READ MORE (http://m.dubaiprnetwork.com/pr.asp?pr=118360)


HAPPY VALENTINE'S: TLATLETLOCO TREATY TURNS 50

Above: Alfonso García Robles signing the Treaty of Tlatelolco on behalf of Mexico on 14th February 1967, Mexico City. Image: OPANAL
February 14th marked the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Tlatelolco. Perhaps not widely known, this unprecedented initiative created a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Latin America and the Caribbean. But while the Treaty denuclearised a continent, the whole world has benefited.
READ MORE (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/tlatelolco-treaty-turns-50-shows-no-signs-losing-relevance/)


RE-CONNECTING EUROPE: HOW RENEWABLES CAN UNITE THE CONTINENT

Above: Policy Debate at the European Parliament in Brussels
Energy has always been a strategic element for national governments, which they had to control in order to signal strength and power. In the new energy world, national borders will not have the same meaning anymore.  In late January, we co-hosted a cross-party policy debate at the European Parliament with three MEPs and the Heinrich Boell Foundation, to discuss regional cooperation in the energy transition and how to upscale renewable energy. Examples from across Europe highlight how renewable energy technology has the power to unite the continent during critical times of Euroscepticism and nationalism.
READ MORE (http://guests.blogactiv.eu/2017/02/01/re-connecting-europe-how-renewables-can-unite-the-continent/)


BRAND NEW PUBLICATIONS

Our new report about debt and assets helps to understand the balance of global wealth and debt by illustrating the important distinction of the individual and the macroeconomic perspective on the economy.
Read more (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/debt-asset-macroeconomic-perspective/)

Financial institutions and governments are keen to stress that regulation should not unnecessarily burden the financial sector. How can the public interest be effectively protected and strengthened?
Read more (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/financial-market-reform-strengthening-public-interest/)

An increasing number of refugees worldwide are women and children. How can we better protect these women and girls from violence? This report highlights some exemplary practices and initiatives.

Read more (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/protecting-refugee-women-and-girls-from-violence/)


OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS
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Annual General Meeting 2017
30 March - 02 April 2017 in Bregenz

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We give a voice to future generations and stand up for their rights by providing policy tools to empower millions of people around the world. Become a supporter to make the world a more sustainable place.
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UNCCD Monique Barbut and Alexandra Wandel FPA 17

Winter update from the WFC!

NEWSLETTER
JANUARY 2017
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Want to make a difference in 2017?
Become a WFC Supporter!
We give a voice to future generations and stand up for their rights by providing policy tools to empower millions of people around the world. Become a supporter to make the world a more sustainable place.
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10 years World Future Council
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Ten years ago, the Earth Charter (http://earthcharter.org/) stated:
“We stand at a critical moment in Earth's history, a time when humanity must choose its future. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future at once holds great peril and great promise. To move forward (...) we must join together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace."
For the past ten years, we have based our work on this premise. These days it couldn’t be more up to date. And we are committed to continuing our work in this spirit in 2017. Welcome to this year’s first newsletter edition - with a new and improved layout we look forward to updating you on our work towards a better future
Stefan Schurig, Alexandra Wandel & Jakob von Uexkull
The Management Board





FUTURE POLICY AWARD CELEBRATES WORLD'S MOST EFFECTIVE POLICIES TO COMBAT DESERTIFICATION
UN desertification chief Monique Barbut signs partnership agreement with the WFC

Above: WFC Director Alexandra Wandel (left) with Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary at UNCCD.
Every year, we honour the most visionary policies in a specific field with the Future Policy Award, the only award that celebrates polices rather than people. This year, together with the United Nations Convention on Combating Desertification (UNCCD), we will identify and award policies that effectively combat desertification and land degradation - a key element in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
READ MORE (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/un-desertification-chief-signs-partnership-agreement-world-future-council/)

TRUMP AND THE WIMPS
Our Founder Jakob von Uexkull weighs in on Trump presidency
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jakob-von-uexkull/trump-and-the-wimps_b_13789510.html
Those who understand the threats we are facing now need to come together in a new coalition and be ready to fight as hard as our opponents, who are ready to sacrifice the earth to preserve their privileges. For the sake of our and our children’s future we now have to show Donald Trump and the world that we have the better story - and are not wimps.
READ MORE (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jakob-von-uexkull/trump-and-the-wimps_b_13789510.html)

Education a key driver to deliver climate action
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jakob-von-uexkull/education-a-key-driver-to_b_12953012.html
We are facing increasing climate and environmental changes. What steps can we take to deliver climate action? Education for sustainable development is central for reaching the goals set in the promises of Paris. Find out more about the benefits of environmental literacy in this Huffington Post article by WFC founder Jakob von Uexkull.
READ MORE (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jakob-von-uexkull/education-a-key-driver-to_b_12953012.html)
100 % RE a must for limiting global warming

While national governments have committed to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees by ratifying the Paris Agreement, 2016 was another hottest year on record. The climate is changing faster than at any point in human history and aggressive action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is urgent. Read here, why 100% Renewable Energy is a must!
READ MORE (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/100-renewable-energy-must-limiting-global-warming-1-5-degrees/)

REMEMBERING OUR FOUNDING MEMBERS
We are mourning the passing of Honorary Councillors Judge Weeramantry and Sir James R. Mancham
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Above: Judge C.G. Weeramantry (left) and Sir James R. Mancham (right) will be greatly missed.
We are deeply saddened by the loss of two of our founding members and Honorary Councillors: Judge C.G. Weeramantry (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/world-future-council-mourns-death-founding-member-honorary-councillor-judge-weeramantry/) and Sir James R. Mancham (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/world-future-council-mourns-death-founding-member-honorary-councillor-sir-james-r-mancham/) . Our heartfelt condolences go out to their families. Judge C.G. Weeramantry and Sir James R. Mancham will be missed as friends and important counsel of the World Future Council.






BRAND NEW PUBLICATIONS

An increasing number of refugees worldwide are women and children. How can we better protect these women and girls from violence? This report highlights some exemplary practices and initiatives.
READ MORE (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/protecting-refugee-women-and-girls-from-violence/)

By electrifying the cooking sector with renewable sources in rural areas in Africa, Asia, and South America, millions of people’s lives could be saved while helping to limit global warming to 1.5C.
READ MORE (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/beyond-fire-achieve-sustainable-cooking/)

The international community agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions to a level that will limit the rise in average global temperatures to 1.5°C. How are we going to finance such a fundamental transformation?
READ MORE (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/financing-1-5c-limit/)

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World Future Council mourns death of founding member and Honorary Councillor Sir James R. Mancham

The World Future Council is deeply saddened by the loss of founding member and Honorary Councillor, Sir James R. Mancham, who passed away on January 8, 2017, aged 77. Read more

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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

The best way to honour Judge Weeramantry is by learning from and using his legacy

With the passing of Judge C.G. Weeramantry on 5 January the peace, disarmament and sustainability movements have lost a monumental figure. Judge Weeramantry dedicated his life to strengthening and expanding the rule of international law and demonstrated how the rule of law can be used to address critical global challenges such as the continued threat of nuclear weapons, the protection of human rights and the protection of the environment.

In addition to being one of the brightest legal minds on these issues, he was a tireless activist. Nuclear weapons were always a particular concern of his. As we face a future still marked by the nuclear threat, his wisdom and activism will be sorely missed. Fortunately, in the five decades spanning his career he has produced some of the most pioneering, convincing and eloquent analysis and arguments on the need to eliminate nuclear weapons.

We would do well to revisit some of Judge Weeramantry’s treatises and learn from them as we continue to make the case for a world free of nuclear weapons. These include:

 

  • Dissenting Opinion, International Court of Justice Advisory Opinion on the Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons

    As relevant today as when he wrote it, Judge Weeramantry’s strong dissent from the majority’s decision to leave undetermined the legality of the use of nuclear weapons in self-defence when the survival of the state would be at stake, is one of the most authoritative and comprehensive arguments on the illegality of nuclear weapons “in all circumstances and without reservation.”

    See here for a summary.

  • Why the Nuclear Danger Grows from Day to Day

    The World Future Council co-published this informative booklet with the Weeramantry International Centre for Peace Education and Research on the occasions of the 2005 and 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conferences. In concise yet convincing arguments, Judge Weeramantry highlights the uniqueness of the nuclear threat and how our complacency risks the human future: “Never in the history of humanity has such urgency existed in relation to any issue and never were the consequences so devastating to the human future and to all that we hold dear. The danger grows not from year to year or from month to month but from day to day.”

As long as nuclear weapons exist, Judge Weeramantry’s unique insights and arguments remain powerful and pertinent. Using the legacy he has left us to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons would be the greatest tribute we can pay him.

Judge C.G. Weeramantry

World Future Council mourns death of founding member and Honorary Councillor Judge Weeramantry

The World Future Council is deeply saddened by the loss of founding member and Honorary Councillor, Judge C.G. Weeramantry who passed away in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 5 January 2017.

Judge Weeramantry was a Judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) from 1991 to 2000, serving as its Vice-President from 1997 to 2000 and a Judge of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka from 1967 to 1972.

During his time as an ICJ judge, Weeramantry contributed to several landmark cases before the Court. These included a case on the illegality of the use and threat to use of nuclear weapons where he shared remarkable and poignant observations, and the case concerning the Gabcikovo-Nagymaros project which contributed to the furtherance of international sustainable development law.

In the course of his professional career of over five decades as lawyer, legal educator, domestic judge, international judge, author and lecturer, Judge Weeramantry played a leading role in several developing areas of the law. These included the illegality of nuclear weapons, sustainable development, rights of future generations, exploring the interface areas between law and religion and promoting cross cultural understanding.  He was also a passionate advocate of peace education which he believed should include teaching principles of international law at an early age.

He has written over twenty books, most of them extremely influential and translated into many languages, and lectured extensively on these topics in over forty countries.  His book, ‘Nuclear Weapons and Scientific Responsibility’ pioneered the concept of ethics in science, challenged the notion that science is neutral, and introduced the idea of a ‘Hippocratic oath’ for scientists. His book ‘Tread Lightly on the Earth’ offers a pronounced insight and analysis of the concerns of the world’s principal religions with the preservation and nurturing of the natural environment.

After stepping down from the ICJ, Weeramantry took up the position of President of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms, and continued advancing the application of international law for the benefit of peace and humanity in his new position. This included drafting, and presenting to the UN Security Council a seminal statement on the illegality of the preventive use of force, endorsed by over 200 prominent judges, legal scholars and lawyers from around the world. As IALANA President he also penned an influential public statement, in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, on the application of future justice principles to nuclear energy – in order to highlight its illegality and stupidity.

The Judge was founding Chair of the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law’s International Commission, and then, for 16 years, Patron‎ of the Centre, which is based at McGill University in Montreal, Cambridge University, the University of Nairobi, and the University of Chile.

Weeramantry also founded the Weeramantry International Centre for Peace Education and Research which produced a vast corpus of research and writing based on Weeramantry’s legal knowledge and philosophy for humanity.

Judge Weeramantry received a number of prestigious awards including the Sri Lankabhimanya (highest National Honour of Sri Lanka), Right Livelihood Award (‘Alternative Nobel Peace Prize’) and the UNESCO Peace Education Prize, which he received in recognition of his commitment and concrete undertakings in support of the concept and culture of peace through his career.

With this letter our heartfelt condolences go out to his family. Judge C.G. Weeramantry will be missed as a friend as well as a moral authority.