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World Future Council welcomes Wangari Maathai as an Honorary Councillor
Hamburg/London, 29th July 2009. The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Prof. Wangari Muta Maathai, has joined the World Future Council (WFC) as a new Honorary Councillor. WFC Founder Jakob von Uexkull said: “We are very happy that Prof. Maathai has shown this appreciation for our work. Her knowledge and contacts will be especially helpful when developing our activities in Africa.” Working to act as ‘voice of future generations’ the WFC is committed to identifying and promoting best policy solutions internationally.
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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.
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.”
New York, 8 October 2008 – The United Nations Millennium Campaign and Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) today announced details of some of next week’s events aimed at mobilizing more than one percent of the world’s population — over 67 million people – on October 17-19 to demand that world leaders deliver on their promises to eradicate extreme poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
Following its second General Annual Meeting, the World Future Council appealed to governments worldwide to immediately enact legislation preventing climate change and other threats to coming generations.
Hamburg, May 23, 2008. After four days of deliberations about future projects and new expert commissions, the World Future Council (WFC) called for an international change in perspectives regarding the conduct toward coming generations in politics, economics and the sciences. The WFC, consisting of 50 internationally renowned experts, describes the recent global food crisis as a wake-up call. The council members consider it a given that future generations will not be able to feed themselves if the plundering of global natural resources continues at the current speed. The Council also addressed this appeal to participants at the UN Conference on Bio-Diversity which convenes in Bonn, Germany, from May 19 until May 30, 2008.
Hamburg, May 22, 2008: The World Future Council (WFC) has been gathering in Hamburg for its second annual meeting. Its main purpose was to identify the steps that are needed to assure viable living conditions for future generations. We can’t continue to live today as though there was no tomorrow.
World Future Council Condemns Burma Appalling Human Rights Record
NewYork/Hamburg: On the bloodshed in Burma, WFC Executive Committee Chair Bianca Jagger stated:
London, 11th September 2007: Following the sudden death of Anita Roddick, founder of the Body Shop and member of the World Future Council, Executive Committee Chair, Bianca Jagger commented,
Bianca Jagger Launches “KidsCall” Campaign at LiveEarth and Collects First of Millions of Letters From Children of the World
Hamburg/London July 7, 2007: As an official partner of LiveEarth, the World Future Council (WFC) successfully launched its KidsCall campaign live on stage at the Hamburg concert on Saturday.