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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wwischnewski@unccd.int

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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.

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Saddening news reached us this month: Egypt’s Sustainable Development Trailblazer, Dr Ibrahim Abouleish passed away at the age of 80. We are deeply grateful for Ibrahim’s visionary, pioneering work for passing an ecological and peaceful planet to future generations. As founding member of the WFC, he made an outstanding contribution to our work and will be sorely missed.

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The US’ withdrawal from the Paris Agreement brought the importance of a united climate action back on the public agenda. But would the transition to 100% RE possibly require so much additional energy that it would thwart the reduction of CO2 emissions? Jakob von Uexkull proves in his recent article that the complete decarbonization of the energy system comes at a relatively low fossil fuel ‘cost’.

We hope you enjoy this month's newsletter!
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THE CLIMATE COST OF 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY
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Even after the U.S. having announced to leave the Paris Agreement, the rest of the world seems to be committed to proceed to fight CO2 emissions and to foster the transition to 100% Renewable Energies. While this transition will ultimately lead to a fully decarbonized energy system, some fossil fuel based energy needs to be invested to actually build it. So, how much fossil fuels are needed to build a CO2 free energy system? Read Jakob von Uexkull's latest HuffPost (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-climate-cost-of-100-renewable-energy_us_59366c58e4b0c670a3ce6806) article.
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MOURNING IBRAHIM ABOULEISH

A great loss: WFC founding member Dr Ibrahim Abouleish passed away on 15 June. Dr Abouleish, founder of SEKEM, received the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ in 2003 for implementing an innovative business model which combines commercial success with social and cultural development.
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Film by Christoph J Kellner / studio animanova. Recently, we published an illustrative film that shows how implementing 100% Renewable Energy is the cheapest and fastes way to leave no one behind - and thus to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. Watch the vide (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejUojjU-Msc&t=13s) o THE PHILIPPINES’ TUBBATAHA REEFS NATURAL PARK ACT http://www.futurepolicy.org/oceans/tubbataha-reefs/ With the first UN Ocean Conference taking place in June, we are happy to see that the health of our oceans and seas getting more attention. With our policy of the month, we are presenting an exemplary policy in marine environment conservation. READ MORE (http://www.futurepolicy.org/oceans/tubbataha-reefs/) HOW DO TRADE AGREEMENTS THREATEN WATER? https://canadians.org/wfs If the 2010 UN resolution recognizing water as a human right is to be realized, water in all its forms must be removed from all kind of trade and investment deals forever. In her new report, our WFC Councillor Maude Barlow is reflecting on water control. READ FULL REPORT (https://canadians.org/wfs) 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/) How can climate vulnerable countries scale up the transition to 100% RE while eradicating poverty? This report suggests concrete political measures, experiences and recommendations by Tanzanian stakeholders. Read more (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/roadmap-100-re-poverty-eradication-tanzania/) 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. MORE INFORMATION (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/supporter/) Contact us World Future Council Lilienstraße 5-9 Hamburg 20095 Germany info@worldfuturecouncil.org (mailto:info@worldfuturecouncil.org) About this newsletter This newsletter is published monthly. Please activate the function "picture download" in your email programme and add our details to your trustworthy addresses so that this newsletter will not be categorized as spam. https://www.facebook.com/wfc.goodpolicies/ https://twitter.com/Good_Policies https://www.linkedin.com/company/world-future-council webversion (http://us6.campaign-archive2.com/?e=&u=3dc995b2a74416330219789bf&id=25b48e169e) | unsuscribe (http://worldfuturecouncil.us6.list-manage1.com/unsubscribe?u=3dc995b2a74416330219789bf&id=8c7b1a5945&e=&c=25b48e169e) This email was sent to annette.diegel@worldfuturecouncil.org (mailto:annette.diegel@worldfuturecouncil.org) why did I get this? (http://worldfuturecouncil.us6.list-manage.com/about?u=3dc995b2a74416330219789bf&id=8c7b1a5945&e=&c=25b48e169e) unsubscribe from this list (http://worldfuturecouncil.us6.list-manage2.com/unsubscribe?u=3dc995b2a74416330219789bf&id=8c7b1a5945&e=&c=25b48e169e) update subscription preferences (http://worldfuturecouncil.us6.list-manage.com/profile?u=3dc995b2a74416330219789bf&id=8c7b1a5945&e=) World Future Council · Lilienstrasse 5-9 · Hamburg 20095 · Germany

WFC China Program Annual Report 2016

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Abstract

Judged by either its speed or scale, China has fully exceeded developed countries in urbanization progress. The magnificent scale of cities and rapid urbanization in China make sustainable development a priority that not only concerns Chinese policy-makers, but also draws attentions from the entire world. The WFC launched the Regenerative Cities program in 2015 to stand with China in meeting the inevitable challenges that occur during sustainable urbanization reform. After one year of trial and error, 2016 marked the second year since the WFC initiated the Regenerative Cities program.

This report captures the full scope of the project in 2016. We are very proud to share these achievements with you and look forward to the journey ahead.

WFC Charity Concert in Berlin

On 4 September 2017, a charity concert will take place in the Kammermusiksaal of the Berliner Philharmonie in order to support the World Future Council.

Before the concert, a round table discussion will take place at 6 pm in the lounge of the Kammermusiksaal, with Jakob von Uexkull, founder of the World Future Council, and Dr. Peter Hauber, IPPNW Concerts, moderated by Gerhard Forck, Head of the Philharmonie’s Communications Department.

The concert will begin at 7 pm, with a welcome speech by Jakob von Uexkull.

After the concert, the audience is invited to join a reception in the lounge of the Kammermusiksaal.

The charity concert is a joint event by IPPNW-Concerts, Berliner Festspiele / Musikfest Berlin and Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation

“Amore Perduto – Music of the Early Italian Baroque”

Charity Concert for the World Future Council

4 September 2017, 7 pm. Doors open at 6 pm.

Location: Kammermusiksaal, Berliner Philharmonie, Herbert-von-Kajan-Straße 1, Berlin

Ticket are available here

 

The Concert

Amore Perduto – Music of the Early Italian Baroque

MARCO UCCELLINI [ca. 1610-1680]
Sinfonia seconda for five instruments in C major [1660]

LUIGI ROSSI [ca. 1598-1653]
Lasciate Averno
from the opera L’Orfeo [1647]

SALOMONE ROSSI [1570-1630]
The Songs of Salomon (selection) [1623]

ANTONIO SARTORIO [ca. 1630-1680]
Excerpts from L’Orfeo [1672]

ALESSANDRO STRADELLA [1639-1682]
Sinfonia for violin, cello and basso continuo in D minorl

ALESSANDRO STRADELLA
“Affligetemi pure, amare memorie”
Cantata for soprano and basso continuo

JOHANN ROSENMÜLLER [1617-1684]
Sonata nona for five instruments in D major [1682]

MARCO UCCELLINI
Sinfonia quarta for five instruments in C major [1660]

FRANCESCO CAVALLI [1602-1676]
Dunque, Giove immortale – Verginella io morir vo‘
Recitative and aria of Calisto from the opera La Calisto [1651]

MARCO UCCELLINI
Sinfonia sesta for five instruments in D major [1660]

FRANCESCO CAVALLI
Sien mortali o divini – Non è maggior piacere
Recitative and aria of Calisto from the opera La Calisto [1651]

 

SUNHAE IM soprano
AKADEMIE FÜR ALTE MUSIK BERLIN
BERNHARD FORCK conductor

 

Claudio Monteverdi’s contemporaries, pupils and successors in spirit assemble here to perform virtuoso works with and without vocal accompaniment. Salomone Rossi, named “Hebreo” due to his Jewish origins, was one of Monteverdi’s colleagues in Mantua. His instrumental works, as well as his many-part compositions for a reformed synagogue service, which he published under the title “Songs of Solomon”, were pioneering pieces of music. Luigi Rosso and Antonio Sartorio, who were one to two generations later than Monteverdi, are just two examples of the stimulating history of reception of Monteverdi’s “Orfeo” on later composers. Francesco Cavalli was summoned by Monteverdi to his court chapel at San Marco in Venice; first as a boy soprano, then as a tenor, he soon became the most famous opera composer of his generation after Monteverdi. Marco Uccellini’s musical-theatrical works have not survived; but his instrumental works, which are virtuoso in their demands, have an original use of form, survived. Alessandro Stradella extravagances in art, both vocal and instrumental, corresponded to escapism from life.

 

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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/

 

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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.

 

Press Release: Women Leaders for Peace – International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament

May 24, 2017 – Women in peace and disarmament processes elevate the prospect of their success: The recipients of the Right Livelihood Award and members of the World Future Council released a statement today – Women Leading for Peace – to commemorate the International Women’s Day for Disarmament and Peace.
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MAKING A DIFFERENCE
MEANS MAKING DECISIONS
Dear Friends & Supporters,

If we’re talking about a global change, we must not forget that everyone should be on board to make it happen. In this month’s Newsletter, we are not only presenting the official launch of the F20 Platform - but we are also giving examples of somewhat underestimated change-makers with a surprisingly big impact: Climate vulnerable countries committing to 100% Renewable Energies, and students making sustainable shopping decisions.

Whether in politics, business or in private life: Decisions we make today will have consequences for many generations to come!
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F20 PLATFORM OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED (http://www.foundations-20.org/news.html)
http://www.foundations-20.org/news.html
Foundations take a stand: Bridging the gap between the 20 most important industrial countries and emerging economies (G20), the private and financial sector as well as civil society, the F20 Platform's objective is to support the implementation of the Agenda 2030, climate projects, and the deployment of renewable energies. The F20 platform, consisting of more than 30 foundations from eight countries, was launched officially this month. In total, the foundations represent a capital in the double-digit billion range (US dollars).
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FINANCING 100% RE IN CLIMATE VULNERABLE COUNTRIES (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/financing-100-re-in-cvf-countries/)

The great outcome of COP22 in Morocco 2016 was that 48 members of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) committed to implementing 100% Renewable Energy in their countries. But how can this transition be financed considering their developing country statuses? WFC Staff Dr. Matthias Kroll and Anna Leidreiter propose an efficient apporach to finance 100% RE, involving G20 members to avoid further debt burdening of vulnerable countries.
https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/world-future-forum-10th-annual-meeting-world-future-council-bregenz/https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/bregenz-declaration-call-collective-consciousness/READ THE FULL ARTICLE (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/financing-100-re-in-cvf-countries/)
SHOPPING & SUSTAINABILITY: SCHOOL EVENT IN HAMBURG (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/shopping-and-sustainability-event/)

For most young people, the way they dress is an important form of self-expression, and therefore a vital part of their identity - but their impact as consumers is oftentimes overlooked. How is a young person able to make sustainable decisions as a consumer? WFC Project Manager Samia Kassid went to speak in front of an international student audience in Hamburg, to talk about child rights, child labour and sustainable shopping.
READ FULL REPORT (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/shopping-and-sustainability-event/) https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/de/frieden-und-abruestung/
UPCOMING EVENTS
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Policy Debate on Cross-Border Cooperation for Renewable Energy in Brussels
Tuesday, 6 June, 2:00 - 6:00 pm
MORE INFOS (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/driving-regional-cooperation-for-renewables-european-union/) │ REGISTER NOW (https://docs.google.com/a/worldfuturecouncil.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeQ-Maw5ODHNzNcRbIlj9jSGJhykFWbjfNV5mPWzZVL93WAZg/viewform)
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Charity Concert in Berlin, Germany
Monday, 4 September, 7:00 pm
MORE INFOS (https://www.berlinerfestspiele.de/en/aktuell/festivals/musikfest_berlin/programm_mfb/mfb17_programm_gesamt/mfb17_veranstaltungsdetail_201821.php)
LATEST VIDEOS
Recently, we published an excerpt from Dr. Auma Obama's inspiring speech on the importance of the WFC's work at this year's World Future Forum in Bregenz. Watch the video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Iquq19rzPo)
Developing their new Children's Act, Zanzibar gave children a parttaking in decision-making. We visited the Zanzibar Youth Council to hear their story. Watch the video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85B1PeeXwpo) 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/) 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. MORE INFORMATION (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/supporter/) Contact us World Future Council Lilienstraße 5-9 Hamburg 20095 Germany info@worldfuturecouncil.org (mailto:info@worldfuturecouncil.org) About this newsletter

April news from the WFC!

NEWSLETTER
April 2017
Jetzt Spenden (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/de/spenden/)
RÜCKBLICK AUF EIN ERFOLGREICHES
WORLD FUTURE FORUM 2017
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Liebe Freunde und Unterstützer des WFC,
wir dürfen auf ein sehr produktives World Future Forum 2017 zurückblicken, das mit einer wegweisenden Veröffentlichung geschlossen hat -- der Bregenzer Erklärung. Sie geht die größten Herausforderungen unserer Zeit an: Unter anderem stehen der Einsatz für 100% Erneuerbare Energien, die Umleitung von Rüstungsausgaben zugunsten nachhaltiger Projekte und der Schutz von Kinderrechten auf der Agenda. Unsere Ratsmitglieder und Mitarbeiter arbeiten mit großem Engagement dafür, diese und andere Ziele umzusetzen. Denn wir sind der Überzeugung, dass die Antworten auf die Fragen und Herausforderungen unserer Zeit bereits existieren. Also warum mit Problemen leben, die man lösen kann?
Jakob von Uexkull, Alexandra Wandel & Stefan Schurig
WFC Vorstand
BREGENZER ERKLÄRUNG: RATSMITGLIEDER RUFEN ZU EINEM GEMEINSAMEN BEWUSSTSEIN AUF

Oben: WFC Ratsmitglieder beim World Future Forum 2017 im Festspielhaus Bregenz.
„Wenn wir den Kurs nicht ändern, steuern wir auf nie dagewesene Gefahren und Konflikte zu, die – in absehbarer Zeit – sogar das Ende der menschlichen Zivilisation bedeuten können.“, erklärte Jakob von Uexküll auf der Pressekonferenz, die das jährliche World Future Forum eröffnete. Ähnlich drastisch formuliert der World Future Council seine Einschätzung der aktuellen Lage in seiner „Bregenzer Erklärung“. Bei dem Gipfeltreffen diskutierten die 50 Persönlichkeiten aus Politik, Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft und Kultur im Bregenzer Festspielhaus das Arbeitsprogramm für 2017/18.
LESEN SIE DIE GESAMTE BREGENZER ERKLÄRUNG (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/de/bregenzer-erklaerung-aufruf-zu-einem-gemeinsamen-bewusstsein/)
EINE ZUKUNFT MIT 100% ERNEUERBAREN ENERGIEN (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/policies-improve-access-work-people-disabilities-awarded-vienna/)

Der neue „REN21 Erneuerbare Energien“-Report zu den Möglichkeiten und Herausforderungen der Umstellung auf 100% erneuerbare Energien wurde nun veröffentlicht. 114 anerkannte Energieexperten aus aller Welt stellen ihre Sicht der Dinge dar. 70 Prozent von ihnen sind der Meinung, dass eine globale Energiewende machbar und realistisch ist.
MEHR (ENGLISCH) (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/policies-improve-access-work-people-disabilities-awarded-vienna/) https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/de/frieden-und-abruestung/
VERANSTALTUNGSHINWEIS
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Diskussion zur grenzüberschreitenden Kooperation für erneuerbare Energien, Brüssel
Dienstag, 6 Juni, 14:00 - 18:00 Uhr
MEHR INFOS (ENG) (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/driving-regional-cooperation-for-renewables-european-union/) │ REGISTRIERUNG (https://docs.google.com/a/worldfuturecouncil.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeQ-Maw5ODHNzNcRbIlj9jSGJhykFWbjfNV5mPWzZVL93WAZg/viewform)
FUTURE POLICY AWARD 2017: DESERTIFIKATION BEKÄMPFEN

Trockengebiete bedecken über 30% der Erdoberfläche, Tendenz steigend. Sie sind von exzessiver Ausbeutung und Klimavariabilität bedroht. Durch die Ausbreitung der Wüsten ist der Lebensraum von 135 Millionen Menschen in Gefahr. In diesem Jahr sollen mit dem Future Policy Award Initiativen ausgezeichnet werden, die Desertifikation und Landverödung erfolgreich bekämpfen. Unsere Suche nach den besten Gesetzen und Initiativen hat bereits begonnen.
MEHR LESEN (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/de/p/2017-desertifikation/)
QUALIFIZIERUNG UND WIRTSCHAFTLICHE EMANZIPATION

Wie kann man das Recht auf berufliche Bildung, Ausbildung und Beschäftigung, wie in Artikel 7 des UN-Übereinkommens für die Rechte von Menschen mit Behinderungen beschrieben, gewährleisten? Welche innovativen Verfahrensweisen und Praktiken existieren bereits? Diese und andere Fragen wurden bei einer Nebenveranstaltung der 34. ordentlichen Sitzung des UN-Menschenrechtsrates in Genf diskutiert.
ZUM ARTIKEL (ENGLISCH) (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/un-human-rights-council-skills-development)
INTERNAT. GLOBAL COMPACT AWARD
FÜR DR. AUMA OBAMA
http://www.presseportal.de/pm/31385/3610332
WFC-Ratsmitglied sowie Initiatorin und Vorstandsvorsitzende der Sauti Kuu-Stiftung, Dr. Auma Obama erhält den Internationalen Global Compact Award für ihren engagierten Einsatz für eine nachhaltige, langfristig wirksame Entwicklungszusammen-arbeit. Sie wird den Preis im Oktober 2017 entgegennehmen.
ZUM PRESSEBERICHT (http://www.presseportal.de/pm/31385/3610332)
DR. MICHAEL OTTO ERHÄLT DEN DEUTSCHEN CSR-PREIS 2017
http://www.ottogroup.com/de/newsroom/meldungen/Dr-Michael-Otto-erhaelt-Deutschen-CSR-Preis-2017.php"
Dr. Michael Otto, WFC-Ehrenratsmitglied, Unternehmer und Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrats der Otto-Gruppe wurde am 4. April mit dem renommierten „Deutschen CSR-Preis für herausragendes CSR-Engagement“ (CSR-Award) ausgezeichnet.
ZUR STELLUNGNAHME (http://www.ottogroup.com/de/newsroom/meldungen/Dr-Michael-Otto-erhaelt-Deutschen-CSR-Preis-2017.php)
DR. IBRAHIM ABOULEISH WIRD 80

Der World Future Council gratuliert Dr. Ibrahim Abouleish: Das WFC-Ratsmitglied, "Right Livelihood Award"-Preisträger (http://www.rightlivelihoodaward.org/laureates/ibrahim-abouleish-sekem/) und Gründer & Vorsitzeder von SEKEM (http://www.sekem.com/en/about/founders/dr-ibrahim-abouleish/) wird in diesem Jahr 80. 1977 gründete Dr. Abouleish in Ägypten die Entwicklungsinitiative SEKEM - das erste ganzheitliche Unternehmen für die Entwicklung biodynamischer landwirtschaftlicher Methoden. Er ist zudem Gründer der Heliopolis Universität und Träger des Bundesverdienstkreuzes. Dr. Abouleish zeichnet sich durch seinen vorbildlichen Dienst in Sachen nachhaltiger Entwicklung aus.

“Nachhaltige Entwicklung gehört zu den größten Aufgaben der Menschheit und bedeutet, dass wir heute die Grundlagen schaffen müssen, die auch unseren zukünftigen Generationen ein würdevolles Leben ermöglichen.” Dr. Ibrahim Abouleish
MEHR ÜBER IBRAHIM ABOULEISH (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/de/p/dr-ibrahim-abouleish/) https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/de/frieden-und-abruestung/
AKTUELLE PUBLIKATIONEN (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/media-room/publications/)

Eine wachsende Zahl von Flüchtlingen weltweit sind Frauen und Kinder. Wie können wir diese Frauen und Mädchen besser vor Gewalt schützen? In diesem Bericht stellen wir einige beispielhafte Praktiken und Initiativen vor.
Mehr erfahren (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/de/gefluechtete-frauen-und-maedchen-vor-gewalt-schuetzen/)

Die Rüstungsindustrie nutzt ihre Macht, um die Militärausgaben der Regierungen hoch zu halten. Diese Studie präsentiert Ideen, wie Entscheidungsträger überzeugt werden können, dieses Budget zu nutzen, um nachhaltige Programme zu finanzieren.
Mehr erfahren (ENG) (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/move-nuclear-weapons-money/)

3 Milliarden Menschen weltweit nutzen traditionelle Brennstoffe. Abholzung, Bodenerosion und Verlust der Biodiversität sind die verheerende Folge. Dieser Bericht bewertet verschiedene Wege zu nachhaltigen Lösungen - und die damit verbundenen Herausforderungen.
Mehr erfahren (ENG) (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/beyond-fire-achieve-sustainable-cooking/)
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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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