Dear Friends & Supporters, Last month, we announced our recent election results. We would like to welcome our new Council Members and Ambassadors as well as a new Supervisory Board Member! We feel honoured to have new dedicated members on board who will help to promote the rights of future generations. Our team also would like to thank all those long-serving Councillors and Honorary Councillors who have been re-elected, and will support us during the next term. We are looking forward to working with all of you! We hope our readers will enjoy studying this month's newsletter with our most recent news and activities. Best regards, Jakob von Uexkull & Alexandra Wandel The Management Board
A Homage to the Future Policy Award 2017 at the UN in Geneva
On October 31st, 2017, the United Nations in Geneva paid tribute to the Future Policy Award 2017. The UN Library in Geneva partnered with the World Future Council, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Permanent Mission of Ethiopia to the United Nations, the University of Oxford’s Enacting Global Transformation Initiative, the Theatre of Transformation Academy and Green Cross International to host an event entitled ‘From Degraded Drylands to Green Landscapes’ featuring a unique format of theatre, testimonies and a high-level roundtable dialogue.
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Hamburg (Germany) / Ordos (China), 12th September 2017 – Yesterday, the Future Policy Award (FPA) ceremony was held at the thirteenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNCCD in Ordos, Inner Mongolia (China). The international “Oscar for best policies” honours laws and practices that successfully combat desertification and land degradation. The FPA is awarded by the World Future Council (WFC) in cooperation with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). Among the laureates are the Ethiopian Tigray region, Brazil and China.
The ceremony was attended by 300 high-level guests and ministers from all over the world including H.E. Mr. Zhang Jianlong, Minister of State Forestry Administration of China, H.E. Ms. Bu Xiaolin, Governor of Inner Mongolia, as well as Tigray’s President H.E. Mr. Abay Weldu.
The FPA aims to draw more attention to desertification and effective ways to combat it: In the last century, droughts cost more lives than any other weather-related catastrophe. Climate change intensifies the process of desertification. Actions to combat desertification, therefore, not only contribute to protecting the environment but can also provide social and political stability.
Ethiopia’s Tigray region was granted the Gold Award. Using a unique combination of collective action, voluntary labour and the involvement of youth, the people of Tigray are restoring land on a massive scale. As a result, erosion has decreased significantly, groundwater levels are recharged, and the uptake of sustainable agricultural practices made a remarkable contribution to food self-sufficiency and economic growth.
The Future Policy Award highlights the world’s best policies and laws that create the framework for better living conditions for current and future generations.
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Monique Barbut, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD):
“Drylands cover close to 40% of the Earth’s land surface. Hundreds of millions of people are directly threatened by land degradation and climate change is only going to intensify the problem. So far, this underestimated environmental disaster has received far too little attention. The Future Policy Award 2017 is turning the spotlight on the looming environmental challenge and effective responses. The seven Future Policy Awardees are all from affected countries, and demonstrate great environmental and political determination.”
Jakob von Uexkull, Founder of the World Future Council (WFC):
“Drylands are among the most conflict-prone regions in the world. Not tackling desertification and land degradation means accepting humanitarian disasters. But if we take up this challenge, so much is gained: By reversing desertification we can help build peace, food security and a safe future for millions of people.”
H.E. Abay Weldu, President of Tigray State (Ethiopia)
“I am delighted and honoured as head of the Regional Government of Tigray knowing that Tigray has won Gold Future Policy Award 2017. The people of Tigray demonstrate that all challenges can be overcome if the leadership is addressing the will, need and priority of the people. Tigray’s people have proved that development is possible without harming our mother Earth.”
The Future Policy Award is the only award which honours policies rather than people on an international level. Each year, the World Future Council chooses a topic for the Future Policy Award on which policy progress is particularly urgent. In 2017, in partnership with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), laws and policies were evaluated that contribute to the protection of life and livelihoods in the drylands, and help achieve Sustainable Development Goal 15, target 3, 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.”
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2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the World Future Council. As we look into the future – to new challenges and opportunities – we want to take a moment to celebrate the impact and success of the past decade.
Climate change, the destruction of the environment and continued wars are just some of the signs that today’s civilization is living at the expense of future generations. We can and need to initiate an orderly transition to a regenerative, resilient and flourishing future.
In this brochure, we present the winning policies of our Future Policy Award 2017. In partnership with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), this year’s award celebrates laws and policies that successfully tackle land degradation, and contribute to the protection of life and livelihoods in the drylands.
Policies score highly in the Future Policy Award evaluation not only by advancing the sustainable use of resources but also by addressing equity, the eradication of poverty, community participation, and the peaceful resolution of conflicts.
We seek to inspire lawmakers worldwide with these exemplary, award-winning policies, and hope to see their key elements being spread and implemented in the months and years ahead.
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Dear Friends & Supporters,
This year’s Future Policy Award highlighted best practices that combat land degradation. The Ethiopian region Tigray received Gold! Find out more about the Award ceremony in China, and why we must tackle desertification to build peace, in this newsletter.
This month, we are saying Farewell to Stefan Schurig, who is leaving the organisation after 10 years. With his dedicated work, Stefan made an outstanding contribution to the World Future Council’s success and impact: Thank you Stefan for your commitment, passion and expertise!
His personal note to be found below will certainly be of interest for our readers.
Jakob von Uexkull & Alexandra Wandel
The Management Board
CELEBRATING THE WINNERS: FPA CEREMONY IN CHINA (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/p/2017-desertification/)
This year, the “Oscar for best policies” honours laws and practices that successfully combat desertification and land degradation. Gold went to the Ethiopia’s Tigray region. The ceremony was attended by 300 high-level guests and ministers from all over the world including the Chinese Minister of State Forestry Administration, the Governor of Inner Mongolia, as well as Tigray’s President. The award ceremony was held in Ordos (Inner Mongolia, China) during the 13th Conference of the Parties (COP) in partnership with the UNCCD on September 11.
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Dear Colleagues and Friends,
After ten years with the World Future Council, I will be moving on. It was truly an honour for me to serve the organisation since April 2007 and to work with such a great group of highly skilled people. I strongly believe in the World Future Council’s capability to make the world a better place!
I would like to thank again every single staff member for your commitment, your passion and your energy for the WFC in the past ten years. I am glad to see my work in safe hands with our new Director Climate & Energy, Anna Leidreiter. I am and always will be proud to having had the privilege of working with such a great group of people. What an amazing decade of impact, learning and fun!
I’m now setting up my own project consultancy for renewable energy and sustainable cities and am looking forward to this new chapter. I will remain associated with the WFC as senior advisor and will continue working with our team in China on regenerative cities.
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DESERTIFICATION: WHY MUST TAKE UP THIS CHALLENGE (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/combating-desertification-why-we-must-take-up-this_us_59b27ae8e4b0bef3378cdf58)
Not tackling desertification and land degradation leads to humanitarian disasters. Unless we change the way we manage our land we may leave a billion or more of the vulnerable poor with little choice but to fight or flee, reckons Jakob von Uexull in his latest HuffPost article.
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BEST POLICIES FOR NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT (http://www.futurepolicy.org/policy-area/outlaw-nuclear-weapons/)
With the nuclear threat emanating from North Korea, the general public is getting more and more aware that humankind is still at risk. Our policy handbook discusses how universal nuclear disarmament can be achieved.
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POLITICAL STABILITY AND DESERTIFICATION (https://www.theguardian.com/the-gef-partner-zone/2017/jul/31/how-to-slow-migration-and-save-the-climate?CMP=share_btn_tw)
Combating Desertification is key if we really want to save the climate, build political stability and improve livelihoods of people in vulnerable countries, says WFC Councillor Luc Gnacadja in The Guardian.
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We are looking back on 10 years of our work: Since 2007, the WFC is giving a voice to future generations and standing up for their rights by providing decision-makers with policy tools to secure a just and sustainable future.
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NEWS FROM THE WFC IN AUGUST Dear Friends & Supporters, Land degradation costs more lives than any other environmental disaster. If we don’t stop the trend of desertification, hundreds of millions of people will be forced to leave their homes in the next decades. The Future Policy Award turns a spotlight on this challenge - and honours effective responses. The winners of this year's FPA have been announced recently. People of Tigray (Ethiopia) turn the desert into green land again, China reversed the trend of desertification and led millions of people out of poverty - and there are more inspiring success stories to tell with the Future Policy Award 2017! Jakob von Uexkull, Alexandra Wandel & Stefan Schurig The Management Board FUTURE POLICY AWARD 2017: ETHIOPIA WINS GOLD (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/p/2017-desertification/)
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Hamburg / Bonn / Ordos, 22nd August 2017: More people, less erosion – Ethiopia’s Tigray region demonstrates that this can be a reality: They will take home the Gold Future Policy Award 2017, beating 26 other nominated policies to the prize.