April news from the WFC!

NEWSLETTER
April 2017
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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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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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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

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UNCCD Monique Barbut and Alexandra Wandel FPA 17

Winter update from the WFC!

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





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

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

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

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

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

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






BRAND NEW PUBLICATIONS

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

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

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

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November news from the WFC!

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Dear friends,

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

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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

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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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Autumn Update From The WFC!

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With autumn in full swing, we are delighted to provide you with more encouraging updates on the path to a sustainable future. Check out our recent activities in this month’s newsletter – and don’t forget to browse our brand new annual report!

With best wishes from London and Hamburg,

Jakob von Uexkull (Founder),
Alexandra Wandel (Director) and
Stefan Schurig (Member Management Board)
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Responding to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Almost exactly one year ago, world leaders committed to an ambitious global agenda to transform our world: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with the overarching goal to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development. Check out how our ‘best policies’ respond to the integrated nature of the SDGs on our new dedicated page.

World’s educational leaders to learn from the Maryland model

From 12-14 October, Annapolis will become home to environmental educational experts from around the world, as we are hosting a workshop exploring the positive impacts of the state’s Environmental Literacy Standards. Read more.

Habitat III: The upcoming UN Cities Summit is as important as the Paris Climate Conference – but will it deliver?

Stefan Schurig and Filippo Boselli about expectations on a conference that only takes place every 20 years. Read more.

Policy Solutions for a Sustainable Future: The World Future Council
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The year in review: Annual Report 2016

We’re often asked how we are able to reach and work with policy-makers. The answer is trust, as our integrated approach has given the WFC a unique convening power. Check out our Annual Report 2016 to find out more about our work!
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3D street art highlights global call for disarmament

From October 1-3, a 3D street painting of a nuclear missile being fired from the ground was unveiled next to the German Parliament. ‘At the Nuclear Abyss’ served as a graphic reminder that there are more than 15,000 nuclear weapons in the world, 1800 of them able to be launched within minutes.
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Study Tour: Driving up regional cooperation for Renewables in the European Union
Renewable Energy – Regional Cooperation Study Tour
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„Renewable Energy can be a tool to bring back Union to Europe”. This is the conclusion of 13 regional policy-makers from 7 EU countries, who travelled from Denmark via Germany and the Netherlands to Belgium with us to study what regional cooperation means and how it can support boosting renewable energy in Europe. After visiting inspiring projects across the North Sea region, the delegation met with Members of the European Parliament and the European Commission in Brussels to share their learnings with those decision-makers, who are currently developing the new legislation for the energy market in the EU.
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Update: Marshall Islands’ nuclear disarmament cases at the International Court of Justice (ICJ)
On 5 October, the ICJ dismissed the Marshall Islands’ nuclear disarmament cases without considering the merits after it narrowly upheld the objection of the UK, India and Pakistan that there was no dispute, and therefore the ICJ does not have jurisdiction to hear the case on the merits. World Future Councillor, David Krieger, noted “With the lawsuits, the Marshall Islands challenged the nuclear-armed states to show good faith in meeting the universal legal obligation to pursue and conclude negotiations on complete nuclear disarmament.”
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Habitat III Conference | Quito, Ecuador
On Thursday 20th October, we are organizing an official Habitat III side event exploring the synergies and overlaps between inclusiveness, accessibility and the concept of the Regenerative City. Read more

Future of Cities Forum 2016 | Tianjin, China
Our Future of Cities Forum will take place in Tianjin, China from 21-22 October 2016. The event is organized in partnership with UN Habitat and the Beijing Jiaotong University. Read more

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September News from the WFC!

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Dear friends,

The United States and China, the world’s biggest emitters of greenhouse gases, have announced they will formally ratify the Paris climate change agreement at the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China. This commitment could be a huge step forward in the efforts to combat climate change.

To hear more encouraging updates on the path to a sustainable future, read about our recent activities in this month’s newsletter.

With best wishes from London and Hamburg,

Jakob von Uexkull (Founder),
Alexandra Wandel (Director) and
Stefan Schurig (Member Management Board)

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Belo Horizonte’s Food Security Policy

September 12 marks the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation. In the same spirit, we have been spreading an exemplary food security policy from Belo Horizonte, Brazil to Windhoek, Namibia by bringing together experts from both countries and facilitating knowledge exchange. Click here to read more about the ground-breaking policy.
New Report: Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development

This brand new report identifies the various drivers behind the push for the renewable energy transition around the world and documents some of the sustainable development benefits experienced around the world. Click here to read the full report.
Seizing the Solar Energy Revolution in Tanzania
When Ajuna Kagaruki and her husband built their new house in Mabwepande, a suburb of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, it was not an option to wait for the government to connect the area to the national grid. Instead, they decided to take action themselves in order to have electricity for their life with the three children. Today, a 120 kwh Solar Home System (SHS) lights the house, powers a TV and an iron and charges their mobile phones. Click here for the full story.
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What can be done to better protect refugee women?
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In cooperation with filia.die frauenstiftung and UN Women German Committee (UN Women Nationales Komitee Deutschland e.V.) we are developing a study to identify the most innovative and inspiring initiatives in protecting refugee women and girls from violence during all phases of the migration cycle. Our goal is to promote the exchange of best practices and to open up a space for dialogue and experience-sharing.
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The View of the World from Europe
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We are all, Europe. We are all, America. We are all black. We are all refugees. The challenges we face know no borders. They transcend nationality, race, age, ethnicity and political lines. A view of the world from Catherine Pearce, our Director of Future Justice.
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In 2011, Maryland became the first US state to require students to be environmentally literate as a high school graduation requirement. Hear what teachers have to say about the benefits of this pioneering regulation, which has resulted in broad improvements in student’s learning outcomes.
Recognising nature as a legal person: the Whanganui River in New Zealand
The relationship between indigenous peoples and nation states is historically marked by conflict and oppression. The exploitation of natural resources, usually ignoring indigenous knowledge, feed into these conflicts. The 2014 Whanganui River Deed of Settlement is an exemplary attempt to protect the River’s natural resources while respecting the long ignored voices of the local Whanganui tribes.
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Upcoming Events
European Renewable Energy Study Tour

To make Europe a Union again, we need to increase cooperation. This is also the case for energy politics. This is why, from September 25-29, we are organising a study tour for 15 delegates from European regions on “Regional Cooperation for Scaling Up RE in the EU”. Read more.
International Workshop | Maryland, US

From October 12-14, we are bringing together Ministries and legislators to learn first-hand about Maryland’s successful implementation of environmental literacy legislation, exchange best practice and identify potential policy reforms for their own countries and regions. Read more.
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Summer news in August!

Dear friends,

As Martin Luther King once said, “it may be true that laws can’t change the heart but they can restrain the heartless”. Only good laws have the power to guarantee people’s fundamental rights and ensure that future generations grow up in just societies and a healthy environment.

We are excited to present some of these exemplary policies in our new “Future Policy” video series. And don’t forget to follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on our work.

With best wishes,

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Alexandra Wandel (Director) and
Stefan Schurig (Member Management Board)
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New Zealand’s Whanganui River Deed of Settlement

Under this settlement, following a Māori belief, the Whanganui River in New Zealand is recognised as a legal person, granting it rights, powers, duties and liabilities. Read more about this groundbreaking policy.
Synergies between Better Public Spaces and Regenerative Cities

Public space regeneration not only allows greener cities but can also lead to a revitalisation of urban communities, inclusiveness and social equality. Together with UN-HABITAT we explored the linkages between public spaces and the regenerative city from July 25-27.

The Brexit Chaos

Theresa May has vowed to make a success of Brexit. But will the British Parliament actually pass Brexit legislation, which most of its members do not believe in? The current House of Commons has a large pro-EU majority and it is unlikely that this will change after the next election. Read Jakob von Uexkull’s reflections on the matter.
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Great news from Maryland, USA! The sewage pollution goals have been met 10 years early, there has been a resurgence in flora and fauna and “dead zones” in the Chesapeake Bay are shrinking. Maryland’s strong environmental education legislation, which won our Future Policy Award 2015, plays a key role in these developments.
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Renewable energy and poverty reduction in Tanzania

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: policy-makers and WFC staff together for 100% RE
How do we make 100% Renewable Energy a reality in Tanzania? Only by working together! This is why 40 policy-makers and opinion leaders established a new task force as the result of our workshop in Dar es Salaam this July. The exciting collaboration inspires stakeholders and builds up hands-on knowledge on how 100% RE adds value to local economic development and community sustainability.
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How terminology skewed the Trident debate
George Orwell famously wrote in his novel 1984 that, “if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought”. Some of the terms used in the debate on the renewal of the Trident nuclear programme in the UK are inaccurate or misleading. Instead of describing the systems and policies that rely on nuclear weapons in terms of “deterrent” and “strategic stability”, we should expose the risks they are rife with and underline the catastrophic consequences any use would have.
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As Martin Luther King once said, “it may be true that laws can’t change the heart but they can restrain the heartless”. Only good laws have the power to guarantee people’s fundamental rights and ensure that future generations grow up in just societies and a healthy environment.

We are excited to present some of these exemplary policies in our new “Future Policy” video series. And don’t forget to follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on our work.

With best wishes,

Jakob von Uexkull (Founder),
Alexandra Wandel (Director) and
Stefan Schurig (Member Management Board)
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New Zealand’s Whanganui River Deed of Settlement

Under this settlement, following a Māori belief, the Whanganui River in New Zealand is recognised as a legal person, granting it rights, powers, duties and liabilities. Read more about this groundbreaking policy.
Synergies between Better Public Spaces and Regenerative Cities

Public space regeneration not only allows greener cities but can also lead to a revitalisation of urban communities, inclusiveness and social equality. Together with UN-HABITAT we explored the linkages between public spaces and the regenerative city from July 25-27.

The Brexit Chaos

Theresa May has vowed to make a success of Brexit. But will the British Parliament actually pass Brexit legislation, which most of its members do not believe in? The current House of Commons has a large pro-EU majority and it is unlikely that this will change after the next election. Read Jakob von Uexkull’s reflections on the matter.
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Watch and learn: Renewable Energy in 15 minutes
Future Policy Series – 100% Renewable Energy
Click the picture above to watch the first episode of our brand new “Future Policy Series”.
What are 100% Renewable Energy Targets and what impact can they have on communities across the world? In the first episode of our new “Future Policy Series”, our Senior Project Manager Anna Leidreiter answers these and other questions in a short video presentation.
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Environmental education and local action lead to impressive impacts in Maryland

Maryland, US: Children learning in the outdoors
Great news from Maryland, US! The sewage pollution goals have been met 10 years early, there has been a resurgence in flora and fauna and “dead zones” in the Chesapeake Bay are shrinking. Maryland’s strong environmental education legislation, which won our Future Policy Award 2015, plays a key role in these developments.
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Renewable energy and poverty reduction in Tanzania

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: policy-makers and WFC staff together for 100% RE
How do we make 100% Renewable Energy a reality in Tanzania? Only by working together! This is why 40 policy-makers and opinion leaders established a new task force as the result of our workshop in Dar es Salaam this July. The exciting collaboration inspires stakeholders and builds up hands-on knowledge on how 100% RE adds value to local economic development and community sustainability.
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How terminology skewed the Trident debate
George Orwell famously wrote in his novel 1984 that, “if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought”. Some of the terms used in the debate on the renewal of the Trident nuclear programme in the UK are inaccurate or misleading. Instead of describing the systems and policies that rely on nuclear weapons in terms of “deterrent” and “strategic stability”, we should expose the risks they are rife with and underline the catastrophic consequences any use would have.
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Summer update from the WFC!

 

 

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Across the world people are discussing the consequences of the UK vote to leave the European Union and growing fears of a societal divide. As a foundation that spreads positive solutions to unite and promote peace between countries, we believe there is still much more that connects people than what divides them.

So, in these trying times, let us look forward, keep calm and carry on! Our recent activities prove that positive change can be achieved when we work together. You can read more about our thinking on the Brexit below.

With best wishes from London and Hamburg,

Jakob von Uexkull(Founder),
Alexandra Wandel(Director) and
Stefan Schurig (Member Management Board)

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Paraguay’s National Contraceptive Services Committee

As July 11 marks World Population Day, we take a closer look atParaguay’s National Contraceptive Services Committee, which aims to increase the access, use and understanding of contraception to empower women and girls throughout Paraguay.

On June 6, our Councillor Thais Corral stopped by for a visit at our Hamburg office. Click on the picture to see a short video of her explaining why environmental education is so important for our children.

Revive the GermanEnergiewende
The latest changes to the German renewable energy law will result in significant job losses and a decline in business opportunities for entrepreneurs. But there is hope.
What Does Brexit Mean for the Environment?
The unthinkable has become a reality: The United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. After the first shock, many questions remain. Some of them concern the energy policy and coordinated action against climate change in the UK and EU, as the effects on these crucial sectors are still uncertain. Read more.
100% RE and Poverty Reduction in Tanzania
How can Tanzania tackle poverty by moving towards 100% Renewable Energy? Together with CAN-Tanzania and Bread for the World we are developing a coherent strategy on how to implement 100% RE in Tanzania. Check out ournew report on how to facilitate the deployment of renewable energy in the country.
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Policy Change in Practice: Oxford County in Canada adopts 100% Renewable Energy
Click to watch our Senior Programme Manager Anna Leidreiter talk about the benefits of renewable energy.
Oxford County in Canada has released a strategy for shifting to 100% Renewable Energy by 2050! We are thrilled to have supported them along the way, together with our partners from the Global 100% RE campaign. Click below to read a new article by our Senior Programme Manager Anna Leidreiter explaining why renewable energy is so beneficial for a community like Oxford County.
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Event: Ending Violence Against Women and Girls
On June 21, together with the Permanent mission of Ecuador to the United Nations and the Inter-Parliamentary Union, we co-organized a working breakfast on ending violence against women and girls in Geneva. Our Councillors Maria Fernanda Espinosa and Dr. Rama Mani, our Director Alexandra Wandel, the Head of UN Women Ecuador Moni Pizani and our Policy Officer Marta Sanchez Dionis took part in the productive exchange.
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Can we make national and local governments work better together?
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National, regional and local governments have to work together closely if they want their cities to become more sustainable. How can we support these necessary partnerships? The Director of our Climate, Energy and Cities team and Management Board Member Stefan Schurig has an answer to this question: Building political will is one of the main challenges to ensure productive cooperation between stakeholders.
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Two Women, One Mission: Pauline Tangiora and Kehkashan Basu in Interview
Kehkashan Basu and Pauline Tangiora
During our World Future Forum in March, WFC Councillor Pauline Tangiora and our Youth Ambassador Kehkashan Basu talked to us about their lives, their work and their hopes for the WFC.
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Third Media Salon in Beijing
Participants in Beijing discussing land desertification
Land desertification deteriorates ecology and environment, harmfully impacting the sustainable development of China. On June 16, our Media Salon in Beijing discussed solutions to the issue. With a keynote speech by our Councillor Monique Barbut and more than 300 participants, the 3rd edition of the event was a full success.
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Early Summer update from the WFC!

Dear friends, 

With summer in our step, we look back on an exciting and eventful month. From witnessing environmental education in action and working to create a world without nuclear weapons to educating policy-makers on effective responses to domestic violence and making the case for ‘community energy’ – this edition of our newsletter fills you in on our recent activities.

And please don’t forget: our work is only made possible through the generosity of you, our supporters.  Help us to continue our work by supporting us with a donation!

With best wishes,

Jakob von Uexkull(Founder),
Alexandra Wandel(Director) and
Stefan Schurig (Member Management Board)

Rwanda’s National Forest Policy

Rwanda is one of only three countries in Central and Western Africa to achieve a major reversal in the trend of declining forest cover. Through its Future Policy Award-winning National Forest Policy, the country is on course to reach its goal of increasing forest cover to 30% of total land area by 2020.
Together with other international organisations and leading figures working to consider the welfare of future generations, we are meeting in Helsinki for high-level debate and exchange. The event will include a meeting of the Roundtable of Institutions for a Sustainable Future which the WFC helped to establish.
What are the two principal threats to the survival of humanity and how are they connected? Watchthis short video to find out.
“You can transition to 100% renewable energy in many different ways, but how is it done to meet the needs of the people and to reach sustainability?”WFC Climate & Energy expert Anna Leidreiter in conversation withRenewable Cities.

We need a new type of urbanization: Our reportexplains the way forward for China’s urban areas.

Fostering the next generation of environmental stewards: Learning the Maryland way
The ability of young people to make informed decisions about their relationship to nature has profound implications for both the local and global environment and our collective wellbeing. In 2011, the US state of Maryland became the first jurisdiction in the world to make environmental literacy a high school graduation requirement. For this, it won the 2015 Silver Future Policy Award. In May, our Children’s Rights team undertook a ten day field trip across the state to witness environmental literacy in action.
This week, REN21 published the most comprehensive annual overview of the state of renewable energy – the Renewables 2016 Global Status Report. Local governments, communities and citizens are the real pioneers of the transition towards 100% renewable energy. We contributed a chapter on community energy, sharing the WFC experiences from across the world. But what does ‘community energy’ actually mean? Click below to find out.
Global support and political will for nuclear disarmament
The Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) aims to address the concrete effective legal measures, legal provisions and norms necessary to create a world without nuclear weapons. On May 12, our Councillor Alyn Wareand Disarmament Coordinator Rob van Riet joined its latest meeting in Geneva. They were also part of a discussion with Michael Douglas and UN High-Level Rep Mr. Kim Won-soo on moving nuclear disarmament forward.
Coordinated Community Response to Domestic Violence: A workshop in Minnesota 
 

Recent data shows that at least 30% of women worldwide have suffered physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence. The “Coordinated Community Response (CCR) to Domestic Violence”, implemented in Minnesota (USA), has been successfully protecting women from domestic violence for more than 30 years. It won the 2014 Future Policy Award as the world’s best policy to address domestic violence. We recently visited Duluth to facilitate a workshop to spread the approach to other communities.

 

Honorary Councillor and Founding President of the Seychelles, Sir James Mancham, in Hamburg

 

WFC Honorary Councillor and Founding President of the Seychelles‬ Sir James Mancham visited our headquarters in Hamburg before heading off to several other European cities to participate in various peace-orientated forums.