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The World Future Council (WFC) brings the interests of future generations to the centre of policy making. Its 50 eminent members from around the globe have already successfully promoted change. The Council addresses challenges to our common future and provides decision-makers with effective policy solutions. In-depth research underpins advocacy work for international agreements, regional policy frameworks and national lawmaking and thus produces practical and tangible results.

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History

The World Future Council was founded by the Swedish writer and activist Jakob von Uexkull in reaction to politics across the world being dominated by short-term, economic thinking. The idea for a global council was first aired on German radio in 1998. It hit a chord, with German TV immediately expressing an interest in broadcasting the Council’s sessions. In October 2004 the organisation was officially launched in London with funding from private donors in Germany, Switzerland, USA and the UK. Since 2006, the organisation is based in Hamburg, where the World Future Council is registered as a charitable foundation. Further offices are located in London, Brussels, Delhi, and Washington D.C. The Council met for the first time in May 2007 in Hamburg.[1]

Networks

The Council works closely with international networks of around 25,000 parliamentarians and 8,000 civil society organizations to identify and disseminate long-term solutions to the global issues of the day.

Climate campaign

Climate change is the overarching topic which is being addressed at present. The mission of the WFC is to clearly define climate stabilization as fundamental necessity and human responsibility for a more just, peaceful and sustainable world for future generations. Initially WFC activities will be focus on transforming global energy systems:[2]

We need a transition to clean, secure, renewable and decentralized energy for all, while reducing the total global demand for energy. Our materials promote existing political solutions that have significant impacts on all these aspects and we seek to build strategic networks between those seeking to act towards this energy renaissance.[2]

Further topics that will be taken up in the climate campaign are: sustainable cities, sustainable food systems, the conservation of rain forest and the establishment of an International Renewable Energy Agency.[2]

The Hamburg Call to Action

The Hamburg Call to Action was unanimously agreed upon by all Councillors present at the Founding Ceremony of the World Future Council, 9-13 May 2007. It calls for the preservation of the environment and the health of communities, the promotion of "systems and institutions based on equity and justice", safeguarding traditional indigenous tribal rights, the protection of present and future generations from war crimes and crimes against humanity, a sustainable production, trade, financial and monetary system, the revival of local democracies and economies, and a universal ban on nuclear and depleted uranium weapons, cluster ammunition and landmines. It aims to generate governmental support for renewable energy technologies, the protection of forests and oceans, secure healthy food and water supplies, environmental security, healthcare, education and shelter, and a strengthened United Nations.

Councillors

See also

References

  1. ^ see http://www.worldfuturecouncil.org
  2. ^ a b c Projects and Campaigns

Research and publications

  • A Renewable World by Herbert Girardet and Miguel Mendonca, 2009, [1], ISBN 978-1900322492
  • Shaping our Future: Creating the World Future Council by Jakob von Uexkull and Herbert Girardet, ISBN 1 903998 46 8.
  • Policies to Change the World by Miguel Mendonca, 2006, [2]
  • Feed-in Tariffs - accelerating the deployment of renewable energy by Miguel Mendonca, 2007, ISBN 9781844074662[3]
  • Surviving the Century: Facing Climate Chaos and Other Global Challenges; edited by Herbert Girardet, 2007, ISBN 9781844074587

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