NEWS FROM THE WFC IN OCTOBER http://wp13360186.server-he.de Dear Friends & Supporters, Sustainable development can only be reached when it is supported by the people and is enabled by an appropriate policy framework. This month, we have put a focus on Tanzania where through our work, African and international decision-makers get insights into smart, future-just policy making: Strengthening the rights of the children, especially in developing countries, is the aim of our upcoming conference in Zanzibar. Earlier this month, we and our partners published a study during a high-level conference in Daressalaam, proving that 100% renewable energy is the cheapest option for Tanzania to become a middle-income country by 2050: two test cases that can be applied to other developing countries. Jakob von Uexkull & Alexandra Wandel The Management Board SCIENTIFIC PROOF FOR DEVELOPMENT BENEFITS OF 100% RE (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/100re-low-cost-option-for-tanzania/)
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This year’s Future Policy Award highlighted best practices that combat land degradation. The Ethiopian region Tigray received Gold! Find out more about the Award ceremony in China, and why we must tackle desertification to build peace, in this newsletter.
This month, we are saying Farewell to Stefan Schurig, who is leaving the organisation after 10 years. With his dedicated work, Stefan made an outstanding contribution to the World Future Council’s success and impact: Thank you Stefan for your commitment, passion and expertise!
His personal note to be found below will certainly be of interest for our readers.
Jakob von Uexkull & Alexandra Wandel
The Management Board
CELEBRATING THE WINNERS: FPA CEREMONY IN CHINA (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/p/2017-desertification/)
This year, the “Oscar for best policies” honours laws and practices that successfully combat desertification and land degradation. Gold went to the Ethiopia’s Tigray region. The ceremony was attended by 300 high-level guests and ministers from all over the world including the Chinese Minister of State Forestry Administration, the Governor of Inner Mongolia, as well as Tigray’s President. The award ceremony was held in Ordos (Inner Mongolia, China) during the 13th Conference of the Parties (COP) in partnership with the UNCCD on September 11.
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Dear Colleagues and Friends,
After ten years with the World Future Council, I will be moving on. It was truly an honour for me to serve the organisation since April 2007 and to work with such a great group of highly skilled people. I strongly believe in the World Future Council’s capability to make the world a better place!
I would like to thank again every single staff member for your commitment, your passion and your energy for the WFC in the past ten years. I am glad to see my work in safe hands with our new Director Climate & Energy, Anna Leidreiter. I am and always will be proud to having had the privilege of working with such a great group of people. What an amazing decade of impact, learning and fun!
I’m now setting up my own project consultancy for renewable energy and sustainable cities and am looking forward to this new chapter. I will remain associated with the WFC as senior advisor and will continue working with our team in China on regenerative cities.
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DESERTIFICATION: WHY MUST TAKE UP THIS CHALLENGE (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/combating-desertification-why-we-must-take-up-this_us_59b27ae8e4b0bef3378cdf58)
Not tackling desertification and land degradation leads to humanitarian disasters. Unless we change the way we manage our land we may leave a billion or more of the vulnerable poor with little choice but to fight or flee, reckons Jakob von Uexull in his latest HuffPost article.
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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.
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BEST POLICIES FOR NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT (http://www.futurepolicy.org/policy-area/outlaw-nuclear-weapons/)
With the nuclear threat emanating from North Korea, the general public is getting more and more aware that humankind is still at risk. Our policy handbook discusses how universal nuclear disarmament can be achieved.
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POLITICAL STABILITY AND DESERTIFICATION (https://www.theguardian.com/the-gef-partner-zone/2017/jul/31/how-to-slow-migration-and-save-the-climate?CMP=share_btn_tw)
Combating Desertification is key if we really want to save the climate, build political stability and improve livelihoods of people in vulnerable countries, says WFC Councillor Luc Gnacadja in The Guardian.
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NEWS FROM THE WFC IN AUGUST Dear Friends & Supporters, Land degradation costs more lives than any other environmental disaster. If we don’t stop the trend of desertification, hundreds of millions of people will be forced to leave their homes in the next decades. The Future Policy Award turns a spotlight on this challenge - and honours effective responses. The winners of this year's FPA have been announced recently. People of Tigray (Ethiopia) turn the desert into green land again, China reversed the trend of desertification and led millions of people out of poverty - and there are more inspiring success stories to tell with the Future Policy Award 2017! Jakob von Uexkull, Alexandra Wandel & Stefan Schurig The Management Board FUTURE POLICY AWARD 2017: ETHIOPIA WINS GOLD (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/p/2017-desertification/)
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https://www.facebook.com/wfc.goodpolicies https://twitter.com/Good_Policies https://www.linkedin.com/company/world-future-councilFilm 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 PUBLICATIONSPGRpdiBjbGFzcz0iX2JybGJzLWZsdWlkLXdpZHRoLXZpZGVvLXdyYXBwZXIiPjxkaXYgY2xhc3M9J2F2aWEtaWZyYW1lLXdyYXAnPjxpZnJhbWUgd2lkdGg9IjE1MDAiIGhlaWdodD0iODQ0IiBzcmM9Imh0dHBzOi8vd3d3LnlvdXR1YmUtbm9jb29raWUuY29tL2VtYmVkL2VqVW9qalUtTXNjP3N0YXJ0PTEzJmZlYXR1cmU9b2VtYmVkIiBmcmFtZWJvcmRlcj0iMCIgYWxsb3dmdWxsc2NyZWVuPjwvaWZyYW1lPjwvZGl2PjwvZGl2Pg==
https://www.facebook.com/wfc.goodpolicies https://twitter.com/Good_Policies https://www.linkedin.com/company/world-future-councilThe 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/)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)PGRpdiBjbGFzcz0iX2JybGJzLWZsdWlkLXdpZHRoLXZpZGVvLXdyYXBwZXIiPjxkaXYgY2xhc3M9J2F2aWEtaWZyYW1lLXdyYXAnPjxpZnJhbWUgd2lkdGg9IjEzMzMiIGhlaWdodD0iMTAwMCIgc3JjPSJodHRwczovL3d3dy55b3V0dWJlLW5vY29va2llLmNvbS9lbWJlZC84SXF1cTE5cnpQbz9mZWF0dXJlPW9lbWJlZCIgZnJhbWVib3JkZXI9IjAiIGFsbG93ZnVsbHNjcmVlbj48L2lmcmFtZT48L2Rpdj48L2Rpdj4=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 PUBLICATIONSPGRpdiBjbGFzcz0iX2JybGJzLWZsdWlkLXdpZHRoLXZpZGVvLXdyYXBwZXIiPjxkaXYgY2xhc3M9J2F2aWEtaWZyYW1lLXdyYXAnPjxpZnJhbWUgd2lkdGg9IjE1MDAiIGhlaWdodD0iODQ0IiBzcmM9Imh0dHBzOi8vd3d3LnlvdXR1YmUtbm9jb29raWUuY29tL2VtYmVkLzg1QjFQZWVYd3BvP2ZlYXR1cmU9b2VtYmVkIiBmcmFtZWJvcmRlcj0iMCIgYWxsb3dmdWxsc2NyZWVuPjwvaWZyYW1lPjwvZGl2PjwvZGl2Pg==
NEWSLETTER April 2017 Jetzt Spenden (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/de/spenden/) RÜCKBLICK AUF EIN ERFOLGREICHES WORLD FUTURE FORUM 2017 img 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
NEWSLETTER MARCH 2017 Donate Now (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/donate/) 10 YEARS WORLD FUTURE COUNCIL img 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/)
NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2017 Donate Now (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/donate) 10 YEARS WORLD FUTURE COUNCIL img 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 VIENNAThe 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
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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 img 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