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NEWSLETTER
SEPTEMBER 2017
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NEWS FROM THE WFC IN SEPTEMBER

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.
READ MORE (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/p/2017-desertification/) https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/ibrahim-abouleish-passed-away/

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.

Faithfully yours,
Stefan Schurig
READ FULL STATEMENT (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/stefan-schurig-farewell/)
DESERTIFICATION: WHY MUST TAKE UP THIS CHALLENGE (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/combating-desertification-why-we-must-take-up-this_us_59b27ae8e4b0bef3378cdf58)
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.
READ ARTICLE (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/combating-desertification-why-we-must-take-up-this_us_59b27ae8e4b0bef3378cdf58)
LATEST VIDEO (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4YhiV4SrDo)

How can implementing 100% RE be actually a tool to achieve all 17 Sustainable Development Goals? The World Future Council and Brot für die Welt have joined forces to unveil this correlation.
Watch the video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4YhiV4SrDo)
BEST POLICIES FOR NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT (http://www.futurepolicy.org/policy-area/outlaw-nuclear-weapons/)
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.
READ MORE (http://www.futurepolicy.org/policy-area/outlaw-nuclear-weapons/)
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)
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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NEW PUBLICATION (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/10-years-world-future-council-publication/)

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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WFC Summer News

NEWS FROM THE WFC IN AUGUST
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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/)

It is estimated that 135 million people are at risk of being displaced by desertification, and drylands are the most conflict-prone regions of the world. Climate change, and the increasingly unpredictable and extreme weather in arid lands, makes combating desertification even more vital. With this year’s Future Policy Award, we honour effective policies that combat desertification - Ethiopia’s Tigray Region wins Gold.
READ MORE (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/p/2017-desertification/) https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/ibrahim-abouleish-passed-away/

LEARNING TO BUILD A BETTER FUTURE: THE SCOTTISH WAY (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/learning-to-build-a-better-future-the-scottish-way_us_59943845e4b0afd94eb3f64d)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/learning-to-build-a-better-future-the-scottish-way_us_59943845e4b0afd94eb3f64d
Building sustainable, low-carbon societies starts with education: In Scotland, this is not lip service, but the heart of Scotland’s emerging pedagogy. The World Future Council has joined Education Scotland to see “Learning for Sustainability” in action. Find out more in Jakob von Uexkull's latest HuffPost Article
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CHARITY CONCERT IN BERLIN (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/wfc-charity-concert-berlin-2017/)

On Monday, 4 September 2017, a charity concert will take place in the Kammermusiksaal of the Berliner Philharmonie in order to support the World Future Council. Jakob von Uexkull, Founder of the WFC, will hold the welcome speech.
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POLICY OF THE MONTH: TIGRAY'S LAND RESTORATION (http://www.futurepolicy.org/healthy-ecosystems/biodiversity-and-soil/tigrays-conservation-based-adli/)
http://www.futurepolicy.org/healthy-ecosystems/biodiversity-and-soil/tigrays-conservation-based-adli/
Tigray’s people are turning desert into green land again: The Ethiopian region is restoring its degraded lands and improving its food and water security. A well-deserved Future Policy Gold Award 2017!
READ MORE (http://www.futurepolicy.org/healthy-ecosystems/biodiversity-and-soil/tigrays-conservation-based-adli/)
RECOMMENDED ARTICLE: 100% RENEWABLES FOR BANGLADESH (http://www.dhakatribune.com/tribune-supplements/tribune-climate/2017/08/12/bangladesh-towards-100-renewable-energy/)
http://www.dhakatribune.com/tribune-supplements/tribune-climate/2017/08/12/bangladesh-towards-100-renewable-energy/
Bangladesh is starving for energy. A 100% Renewable Energy strategy could provide enough clean energy for everyone in this sunny but pollution-prone country. ByWFC-Councillor Dipal Chandra Barua
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EXPLORE OUR 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/)

The military-industrial complex is using their power to make governments maintain high military spending. This study presents ideas on how decision-makers can be convinced to use this budget to fund sustainable programmes instead.
Read more (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/move-nuclear-weapons-money/)

3 billion people worldwide rely on traditional biomass fuels. Deforestation, soil erosion and loss of biodiversity are the devastating results. This report evaluates the various technological pathways – and the barriers – leading towards sustainable solutions.
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WFC News this July

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NEWSLETTER
JULY 2017
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NEWS FROM THE WFC THIS JULY
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This July, the city of Hamburg was shaken by the G20 summit. But regardless of the tale that international media told about a city out of control, tens of thousands of people stood up in peaceful and colourful protest for a more just and sustainable world. The values that the World Future Council promotes are today more relevant than ever! With the F20 Event on 4th of July, over 45 foundations including the WFC took a stand for more ambitious climate action and prove that there are solutions to the problems we face.
Jakob von Uexkull, Alexandra Wandel & Stefan Schurig
The Management Board

FOUNDATIONS TAKE A STAND FOR CLIMATE ACTION (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/f20-event-hamburg-2017/)

With 400 invited guests attending and an excellent speaker panel, the F20 Foundations Platform can look back on a very successful F20 Event in Hamburg. Their publication "Renewable Energy, Climate Action and Resilient Societies: Accelerating the Global and Local Paradigm Shift" has been handed over to the German Minister for the environment, Barbara Hendricks.
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FUTURE POLICY AWARD 2017: SHORTLIST PUBLISHED (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/p/2017-desertification/)

Desertification is one of humankind’s greatest challenges: land degradation and drought are increasing with climate change, and claim more lives than any other environmental disaster. This year’s Future Policy Award celebrates laws and measures that successfully combat desertification. The shortlist has now been published.
READ MORE (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/p/2017-desertification/) https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/ibrahim-abouleish-passed-away/

CHARITY CONCERT IN BERLIN (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/wfc-charity-concert-berlin-2017/)

On Monday, 4 September 2017, a charity concert will take place in the Kammermusiksaal of the Berliner Philharmonie in order to support the World Future Council. Jakob von Uexkull, Founder of the WFC, will hold the welcome speech.
FIND OUT MORE (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/wfc-charity-concert-berlin-2017/)

POLICY OF THE MONTH: ZERO WASTE, SCOTLAND
http://www.futurepolicy.org/enterprise-and-design/consumption/zerowastescotland/%20
Unutilised waste does not only produce pollution, but also costs the taxpayer money. Scotland implemented their Zero Waste Plan in 2010, and constitutes a roadmap for a progressive waste reduction, disposal and recycling strategy.
READ MORE (http://www.futurepolicy.org/enterprise-and-design/consumption/zerowastescotland/%20)
RECOMMENDED ARTICLE: WHY WAR CONTINUES
http://www.resurgence.org/magazine/article4867-working-for-a-world-without-war.html?utm_source=Scilla+Elworthy%27s+UK+Contacts&utm_campaign=34c862e546-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_05_18&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_80248fb630-34c862e546-241112581
We must overhaul the assumption that “defence” brings security, reckons Scilla Elworthy in her latest article. The WFC Councillor reflects why war continues, and how peace can be built.
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Our latest Annual Report China is looking back to our second year in China and to our Regenerative Cities programme: 2016 was a year of successes and challenges during a sustainable urbanization reform.
Read more (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/china-annual-report-2016/)

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/)

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JUNE 2017
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NEWS FROM THE WFC THIS JUNE
Dear Friends & Supporters,

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!
With best wishes from all at the World Future Council
Jakob von Uexkull, Alexandra Wandel & Stefan Schurig
The Management Board
THE CLIMATE COST OF 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-climate-cost-of-100-renewable-energy_us_59366c58e4b0c670a3ce6806
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.
READ ARTICLE (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-climate-cost-of-100-renewable-energy_us_59366c58e4b0c670a3ce6806)
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.
https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/world-future-forum-10th-annual-meeting-world-future-council-bregenz/https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/bregenz-declaration-call-collective-consciousness/READ MORE (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/ibrahim-abouleish-passed-away/)
UPDATES ON THE F20 PLATFORM (http://www.foundations-20.org/news.html)
http://www.foundations-20.org/news.html
• • • The F20 network is growing rapidly (http://www.foundations-20.org/partner.html) with now more than 40 Foundations from all parts of the world! Lately, the US based ClimateWorks Foundation joined the network • • • Joint statement (http://www.foundations-20.org/news.html) of various G20 stakeholder groups and the F20 platform has been published • • • Preparations for the High Level Event at the town hall of Hamburg on July 4th (http://www.foundations-20.org/events.html) are under full steam. Among the speakers will be Laurence Tubiana (ECF), John Schellnhuber (PIK), Lord Nicholas Stern, Kurt Bock (CEO of BASF and representative of the Business 20 group) and Barbara Hendricks, Germanys Minister of Environment.
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UPCOMING EVENTS
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Charity Concert in Berlin, Germany
Monday, 4 September, 7:00 pm
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LATEST VIDEO
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

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NEWSLETTER
MAY 2017
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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!
Jakob von Uexkull, Alexandra Wandel & Stefan Schurig
The Management Board
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).
FIND OUT MORE (http://www.foundations-20.org/news.html)
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
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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/)
Dauerhaft Helfen durch regelmäßiges Spenden!
Werden Sie WFC-Förderer
Wir geben zukünftigen Generationen eine Stimme und kämpfen für ihre Rechte, indem wir politische Rahmenbedingungen für Millionen von Menschen verbessern und so nachhaltiges Handeln fördern. Mit einer Spende können Sie uns dabei helfen – und sehr viel Gutes bewirken.
WEITERE INFORMATION (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/de/foerderer/) EN
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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/)
http://futurepolicy.org
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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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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February news from the WFC!

NEWSLETTER
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
http://m.dubaiprnetwork.com/pr.asp?pr=118360
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

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/)





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UNCCD Monique Barbut and Alexandra Wandel FPA 17

Winter update from the WFC!

NEWSLETTER
JANUARY 2017
Donate Now (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/donate/)





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/)





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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In light of the outcome of the US elections it is even more important to keep in mind that 2016 will be another hottest year on record. As the Paris Agreement comes into force and governments are taking action to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, what are the effective policy measures that need to be implemented? For one, we need to speed and scale up the transition to 100% renewable energy to avoid the most damaging impacts of climate change and help address the needs of the most vulnerable. With this message and concrete policy recommendations at hand, we are travelling to Marrakech to meet with governments at COP22. Check out our dedicated webpage.

With best wishes from London and Hamburg,

Jakob von Uexkull (Founder),
Alexandra Wandel (Director) and
Stefan Schurig (Member Management Board)
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Video: Belo Horizonte’s Food Security Policy

Why is it is crucial to establish laws that secure the right to food for all citizens? Click the image to watch our Project Manager Ina describe Belo Horizonte’s Food Security Programme, a policy that helped decrease child mortality, reduce childhood and adult malnutrition and increase local and organic food production and consumption. Or click here to read more.

Move the nuclear weapons money

We are excited to present our new handbook “Move the nuclear weapons money”, which provides ideas, examples and resources for legislators and civil society to reduce the lobbying power of the nuclear weapons corporations, and move the money from nuclear weapons budgets to fund social, economic and environmental programs instead. Click here for the full handbook!

The New Urban Agenda: More Power to Cities? Yes, but how?

As cities around the world call for more power over their jurisdictions, new governance structures need to be established to enable an effective decentralization process. At the Habitat III we called for institutionalized platforms for improved multi-level governance. Find out more!
If you want to find out more about our events, workshops and initiatives during COP 22, please visit our dedicated webpage.

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Energy Remunicipalisation: How Hamburg is buying back energy grids
Energy Remunicipalisation: How Hamburg is buying back energy grids
Hamburg is at the forefront of a global drive to reverse privatisation of city services by buying back its utility grids after a referendum vote to end private ownership of gas and electricity networks. How did this happen? Take ten minutes to watch our video featuring interviews with key actors that were and are involved in the remunicipalisation movement to shed some light on the process!
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6th Future of Cities Forum in Tianjin, China

What is a Regenerative City and how do we turn this vision into a reality? At our 6th Future of Cities Forum in Tianjin, China, leading experts from around the world explored key policy solutions and best practices to make cities more Regenerative from a water management perspective.

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Environmental education vital in fight against climate change

Above: The international delegation during a field trip in Maryland, US, to witness environmental literacy in action.
The world’s population has more children and youth than ever before. As the world prepares for the next global climate conference in Morocco, collective behaviour change to combat climate change cannot come fast enough. A key part of that is raising an environmentally literate generation of problem solvers. From 12-14 October we hosted a workshop in Annapolis, Maryland for representatives of education and environmental ministries from around the world, to explore the positive impacts of the state’s Environmental Literacy (E-lit) Standards.

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Get Ready for the Rain – World Food Day 2016

WFC project manager Ina Neuberger-Wilkie (left) visits Van Rhyn Primary School.
Can we really grow food in Windhoek? An event at Van Rhyn Primary School on World Food Day showed how it can be done. On a tour through the school garden ‘in the making’, visitors were able to learn about smart water management and a changing agriculture in a changing climate.
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A Roadmap for 100% Renewable Energy in Morocco

The development and promotion of renewable energies have become central topics for Morocco, the host country of COP22. In 2009, the country announced its goal to raise the share of renewable energies to 42%, but Morocco can go further and faster. How far? How much faster? Read this to find out!
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