7th Annual meeting of the World Future Council in Bonn

Hamburg, 28 June -“We need a rapid global shift towards a politics of responsibility and sustainability that is aligned to the needs of present and future generations.” This is the core message of the seventh Annual General Meeting of the World Future Council in Bonn. Council members from five continents met for four days to discuss the status quo and define the strategy for the year ahead.

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World Future Council celebrates 5th anniversary

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Foundation boasts impressive track record

Hamburg, 8 May 2012. Five years ago, on May 10th 2007, 50 respected personalities from around the world convened in Hamburg, Germany for the founding congress of the World Future Council (WFC). Since then, much has been achieved, as WFC Founder Jakob von Uexkull pointed out today in Hamburg: “The WFC has lived up to its mission to provide a voice for future generations. We have been working closely with decision-makers and parliamentarians, and successfully helping to implement sustainable policies.” The donor-funded foundation is now regarded as an important advisory body for decisions-makers on climate and energy, sustainable economy and future justice.

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IMF takes up World Future Council suggestion

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Financing the fight against climate change

Hamburg 1.2.2010. The IMF Managing Director, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, has taken up a suggestion by the World Future Council (WFC) on how to finance climate security and climate justice in developing countries. A new multi-billion dollar “Green Fund” that could provide up to $100 billion a year was suggested by Strauss-Kahn at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Part of this fund should be financed through the issuance of additional Special Drawing Rights (SDRs), a reserve asset created by the IMF. The World Future Council proposed funding the development of renewable energies through new, interest-free SDRs at the World Climate Summit in Copenhagen last December and discussed this proposal with the IMF.

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Rickmers donate EUR 1 million to World Future Council

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Hamburg, Germany, 12 June 2009. As part of their “175 Years of Rickmers in Shipping” anniversary, Hamburg shipowners and businessmen Bertram and Erck Rickmers have donated one million euros to the World Future Council (WFC). “On the occasion of the family’s 175th anniversary we would like to pay tribute to the past and at the same to make a contribution to the future,” the brothers explained. “Consistent support of sustainable thinking and acting for the benefit of future generations is only possible at a global level. This is why we want to support the international work of the Hamburg-based World Future Council,” the Rickmers brothers added, detailing their reason for supporting the WFC. The cheque was presented to WFC founder and board chairman Jakob von Uexküll.

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World Future Council protests against arrest of Thai Councillor Sulak Sivaraksa

Hamburg, November 17, 2008: “We sharply denounce the arrest of our Councillor Sulak Sivaraksa”, World Future Council (WFC) founder Jakob von Uexkuell said today in Hamburg. “Sulak Sivaraksa is one of Thailand’s most respected spiritual leaders. Arresting him on account of lese majesty is just another attempt to silence an inconvenient thinker and social critic.”
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Students meet Prime Minister to demand climate action as KidsCall Campaign culminates in New Delhi

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Delhi/Hamburg, August 16, 2008: Three representatives of the international youth campaign KidsCall along with the World Future Council’s Climate and Energy Director Mr. Stefan Schurig and Policy Officer Mr. Manu Sankar from the Delhi office today met the Honorable Prime Minister of India Dr Manmohan Singh to tie a rhaki according to an Indian tradition. Read more

Bianca Jagger: “dramatic change in direction” needed to combat climate change

World Future Council speaks up for future generations at UK launch

London 15th November 2007. The World Future Council offically launched its UK operations at the Be the Change conference in Central Hall, Westminster today.
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