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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New Councillors to Change the World

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International Strengthening of the World Future Council

Hamburg. 23 December 2011. Daryl Hannah recently joined the World Future Council (WFC). The American actress and committed environmental advocate and activist is one out of five outstanding personalities to have made the WFC family bigger and thereby boost its effectiveness. The German-based foundation brings together up to 50 respected personalities from all five continents, from governments, parliaments, the arts, civil society, science and business. Together they form a global voice, speaking up for the rights of future generations.

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Future Policy Award crowns world’s best forest policies

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Forest laws and policies in Rwanda, The Gambia and the US beat out 17 other nominees to win 2011 Future Policy Award

New York, 21 September 2011. Rwanda’s National Forest Policy was proclaimed the winner of the 2011 Future Policy Award. The Gambia’s Community Forest Policy and the US Lacey Act with its amendment of 2008 received the Silver Awards. The three winning policies which most effectively contribute to the conservation and sustainable development of forests for the benefit of current and future generations were announced on 21 September 2011 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

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To whom does the world belong? Vandana Shiva calls for more respect for the commons

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Hamburg, 17 August 2011. On 23 August, at 6 pm, Indian scientist and activist Dr. Vandana Shiva will speak on “To whom does the world belong?” in the framework of the lecture series “Share & Win – Art and Theory of the Commons” at the Kampnagel International Summer Festival in Hamburg. This evening event is held in English with free entry. The discussion is facilitated by Thorsten Fischermann, Die ZEIT.

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UN Biodiversity Chief becomes Honorary Councillor of World Future Council

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Hamburg, 19 May 2011: United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf has become an Honorary Councillor of the World Future Council (WFC). Using the slogan “Biodiversity is Life. Biodiversity is Our Life”, Mr. Djoghlaf was instrumental in leading the United Nations biodiversity summit in Nagoya, Japan, in 2010 to success and assured the adoption of the historic Nagoya Biodiversity Compact by 193 countries.

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Alliance of Right Livelihood Award Laureates Demands Global Nuclear Phase Out

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Joint International Statement of Laureates of the “Alternative Nobel Prize” and Members of the World Future Council on Japanese Nuclear Disaster

Hamburg/Stockholm, 29 March 2011. In a joint statement 50 laureates of the Right Livelihood Award and members of the World Future Council demand a global nuclear phase out. “Nuclear power is neither the answer to modern energy problems nor a panacea for climate change challenges. There is no solution of problems by creating more problems,” states the declaration issued by experts, activists, politicians, clergy, entrepreneurs and scientists from 26 countries.

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Statements of the World Future Council about the situation in Japan


David Krieger, President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

“Our hearts go out to the people of Japan. The major lessons to be drawn from the tragedy are: first, nature’s power is far beyond our ability to control; second, the nuclear industry, in Japan and elsewhere, has arrogantly pushed ahead with their dangerous technology for boiling water, assuring the public that there is no reason for concern; third, the reassurances of self-interested nuclear »experts« are not to be trusted; and fourth, the nuclear power plant failures in Japan are a final wake-up call to replace nuclear power with safe, sustainable and renewable forms of energy” says WFC Councillor David Krieger, President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.

Jakob von Uexkull, Founder of the World Future Council and the Right Livelihood Award

„We must shut down nuclear plants, but we must also do some fundamental rethinking. In what kind of world do we want to live? What do we want the planet we leave future generations to be like? We are not powerless in our fight against environmental destruction, climate change, hunger and poverty. There are solutions and there are good policies. This is what we speak up for at the World Future Council: We have made it our mission to advice politicians worldwide of good policies for the challenges of our time and to give them practical assistance” says Jakob von Uexküll, founder of the World Future Council.

Judge C. G. Weeramantry, Former Vice President of the International Court of Justice

“Despite their obvious dangers, nuclear reactors are proliferating worldwide and sowing the seeds of pollution and congenital deformities for a thousand generations to come. We, who are fully aware of the catastrophic damage we are causing to unborn generations, still proceed regardless, pursuing activities which, it is patently clear, will release these dangers sooner or later. Every single citizen is a trustee of the environment. All the more are Governments trustees, and in particular the environmental ministers of the world bear a special responsibility in this regard. The continuance and proliferation of nuclear reactors violates every principle of humanitarian law, international law, environmental law and international sustainable development law. Indeed we are committing the gravest possible crime against future generations and are doing so with a full consciousness of the effects of our actions.” says WFC Councillor Judge C. G. Weeramantry, former Vice President of the International Court of Justice and President of the International Association of Lawyers against Nuclear Arms.

Pauline Tangiora, Maori Elder from the Rongomaiwahine tribe

“Mother Earth weeps for all the suffering. Hope is that we will cease building plants that have the potential to destroy humankind. We must pray for the families who have lost loved ones, for those who are suffering from the aftermath of the tragedy, including what may arise from the damage to the nuclear plants as this will affect all humanity. In peace”, WFC Councillor Pauline Tangiora, Maori Elder from the Rongomaiwahine tribe.

Hans-Peter Dürr, Nuclear Physicist and Philosopher

“Our responsibility to preserve creation, our reverence for life and our duty to observe human rights should rigorously forbid us to develop and use a technology that can, in a worst case scenario, cause an unacceptable damage”, says WFC Councillor Professor Hans-Peter Dürr, nuclear physicist and philosopher.

Alyn Ware, Global Coordinator Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND)

“The risks of accidents like Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and Fukushima, coupled with the potential for diversion of technology and materials to make nuclear weapons, plus the environmental risk of managing radioactive waste, and the risk of terrorist attacks on nuclear power plants give us a clear indication that this technology is too dangerous for our generation and for future generations. Investing in solar, wind, wave, tidal, biomass, geothermal, energy conservation and other environmentally safe energy practices is a much better option to meet energy needs and reverse carbon emissions than investing in nuclear energy. PNND does not have policy regarding the use of nuclear energy. However, many of our members are active in promoting sustainable and environmentally sound alternatives” says WFC Councillor Alyn Ware, Global Coordinator Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament (PNND).

Alexander Likhotal, President of Green Cross International

“Safe nuclear power is a contradiction in terms. The nuclear lobby has used the lack of major nuclear accidents since Chernobyl 25 years ago as the “proof” of new generation reactors “safety” to lull the world into self comforting and unsubstantiated delusions. The accident at Fukushima 1 nuclear plant is a shocking reminder of the reality of nuclear power threats, the huge modern technological risks for those living as well as future generations and the vital need to turn the world economy green,” says WFC Councillor Alexander Likhotal, President of Green Cross International.

Members of our Working Group “Peace and Disarmament”

Jürgen Scheffran, Professor at the Hamburg University

„The reactor disaster in Japan shows that nuclear energy is not safe. What allegedly was impossible has happened, in part due to a natural disaster, in part due to insufficient safety engineering and profit seeking. To focus on this high risk technology in the future is unjustifiable and climate change does not vindicate it – especially as we have alternatives with enhanced energy efficiency and regenerative energies. Furthermore, shutting down nuclear power plants would make the abolition of nuclear weapons easier” says Professor Jürgen Sheffran, member of the WFC working group peace and disarmament.

Martin Kalinowski, Professor at the Hamburg University and Chairman of the Management Board of the Centre for Natural Science and Peace Research (ZNF)

“The precautionary principle demands that even for risk levels that are in general found to be acceptable a red line should be drawn for extreme consequences. Technologies like nuclear energy that could result in inacceptable catastrophic consequences should be forgone, even if the probability for the occurrence of situations such as the one we are facing is considered to be negligibly small” says Professor Martin Kalinowski, member of the WFC working group peace and disarmament.

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Theme of Future Policy Award 2011: Forests

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World Future Council to present awards in New York, September 2011

New York / Montreal / Hamburg, 3 February 2011 – During the International Year of Forests, decision makers will be asking the question: what are the policies that most successfully protect and manage forests? The World Future Council, an international forum that provides decision makers with effective policy solutions, will come up with some answers. At today’s Annual Meeting of the United Nations Forum on Forests in New York, the World Future Council (WFC) announced that it will provide this year’s distinguished Future Policy Award to the world’s most inspiring, innovative and influential laws on forest protection and management. The Awards will be presented in New York in September 2011 at a reception hosted by the UN Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the WFC.

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„Mama Peking“ Gertrude Mongella becomes Honorary Councillor of the World Future Council

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International Foundation gains support of the former Secretary General of the UN World Conference on Women and first President of the Pan-African Parliament

Hamburg, 17 December 2010: The World Future Council Foundation welcomes the African politician Dr. Gertrude Mongella as new Honorary Councillor. With the slogan “Women’s rights are human rights” she led the difficult Beijing World Conference on Women to success and engaged subsequently as first President of the Pan-African Parliament for the political unification of Africa. Dr. Gertrude Mongella is a internationally respected diplomat, who established her reputation from 1982 to 1990 as Tanzanian Minister of Women Affairs and Tourism. Now the prominent activist has agreed to become Honorary Councillor of the World Future Council (WFC). The WFC considers itself as a Voice of future generations and champions future-oriented policy approaches as well as their spread and implementation.

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International lobby for future generations strengthened

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Grameen Bank Founder Barua and Gorbachev advisor Likhotal new Council Members

Hamburg, 24 November 2010: The Foundation World Future Council, founded 2007 inHamburg, works as a voice of future generations and their right to inherit an ecologically and socially intact world. Five new Council Members from four continents now strengthen the Council of international personalities. At the fourth annual general meeting of the World Future Council the Council Members elected the following new Councillors:

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