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Our new World Future Council Members 2020

14. Februar 2020 - 11:14
A warm welcome to our new Councillors!

We warmly welcome our new excellent Members of the World Future Council! All newly elected Members of the Council have agreed to serve on the Council for a term of five years. They will be a great asset to our organisation, and we are looking forward to working with them! Maria Fernanda Espinosa

is politician and diplomat from Ecuador who was already a Member of the World Future Council, and rejoins us after the end of her formal time as President of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly

World Future Council Prof. Dr Maja Göpel

was our Future Justice Director starting up the World Future Council before she became head of the Berlin office of the Wuppertal Institute and now serves as Secretary-General of the German Advisory Council on Global Change

World Future Council Dr Frannie Leautier

is Chief Operating Officer and Asset Management Executive Director, Trade and Development Bank (TBD), Tanzania and former Senior Vice President at the African Development Bank

World Future Council Dr Nkatha Murungi

is Assistant Director of the Centre for Human Rights, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria, South Africa

World Future Council Andrea Reimer

is Adjunct Professor in Power & Practice, University of British Columbia, Loeb Fellow, Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and Former City Councillor Vancouver, Canada

World Future Council Otto Scharmer

is Senior Lecturer, MIT Management Sloan School and Co-Founder and Chair, Presencing Institute, US/Germany. He is author of "The Essentials of Theory U".

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Our Highlights of 2019

20. Januar 2020 - 14:40

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Localizing SDGs –Creating a Network of Sustainable Development Goal Regions

7. Januar 2020 - 13:13

Hamburg, 28 May 2019. The cost of cooking with renewable electricity is now competitive with the other cooking fuels in most developing countries, concludes a new report called Beyond Fire: How to achieve electric cooking by Hivos and the World Future Council. This is a significant improvement from three years ago when the two organizations first studied this.

Achieving sustainable cooking is one of the great challenges of our time. Cooking with charcoal and firewood sources still accounts for 4 million premature deaths due to indoor air pollution, puts significant strain on already stressed forest resources, and it is the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs).

“For almost two decades we have inadvertently narrowed the debate of clean cooking to just cookstoves. We need to look at the sources of energy and clean fuels”, says Kandeh Yumkella, Parliamentary Leader Sierra Leone, first CEO of Sustainable Energy for All and former UN Special Representative and Director General of UNIDO.

Hivos and the World Future Council (WFC) just released a study that unveils the cost-competitiveness of cooking with renewable energies. Eco Matser, Program Manager Energy & Climate at Hivos responds: “We looked into alternatives that provide long term sustainable solutions rather than quick intermediate fixes such as improved cookstoves”.

The examined cooking appliances are stoves using solid fuels (such as wood and charcoal), gas-based stoves (LPG, biogas, and power to gas) and electric cooking (electric hot plate, induction stove, slow cooker, and pressure cooker), both in mini-grid contexts and via solar home systems.

“The report shows that the costs of cooking with electricity – both in mini-grid contexts and via solar home systems – is now well within the range of cost-competitiveness of other cooking alternatives. Households spend EUR 1 – EUR 31/month on average for cooking fuels. Electric cooking with Solar Home Systems (SHS) costs between EUR 5 – EUR 15/month while the costs per household of cooking with a mini-grid are in the EUR 4 – EUR 36/month range,” says Anna Leidreiter, Director Climate Energy with the World Future Council.

The entire report can be found here.

Nico Scagliarini
Assistant Media & Communications
World Future Council
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About the World Future Council
The World Future Council (WFC) works to pass on a healthy planet and fair societies to our children and grandchildren. To achieve this, we focus on identifying and spreading effective, future-just policy solutions and promote their implementation worldwide. Jakob von Uexkull, the Founder of the Alternative Nobel Prize, launched the World Future Council in 2007. We are an independent, non-profit organization under German law and finance our activities from donations. For information visit

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Press Release – European Youth Award highlights climate, peace, nuclear disarmament and divestment action

7. Januar 2020 - 10:42

European Youth Award highlights climate, peace, nuclear disarmament and divestment action

Basel, January 6 2020 – The winner of a new award for youth action on climate, peace and disarmament, the Peace and Climate action of European Youth (PACEY) Award, will be announced on January 9, 2020 at an international event in Basel that is bringing youth leaders and policy makers together to address these existential threats to humanity.

Young people in Europe and around the world are standing up to demand action on climate change, war and nuclear weapons,’ says Prof  Dr (med) Andreas Nidecker, founder of the PACEY Award. ‘They clearly see the threats to current and future generations, and are calling on city leaders and governments to take action to avert a catastrophe. It’s time we heeded their warnings and listened to their ideas.’

The award will support a European youth project which advances effective policy action to cut carbon emissions, enhance the transition to renewable energies, address and resolve international conflicts, abolish nuclear weapons, reduce weapons budgets and investments, and/or support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

A range of youth projects have been submitted. Those short-listed for the award include youth sailing for climate action from Latin America to Europe, a youth peace mural project in the Ferizaj region of Kosovo, a youth-led project focusing on keeping fossil fuels in the ground, and a peace-building project between youth from different ethnic communities in the Mitrovica region of Kosovo involving creating community gardens together.

The winner will be decided by the participants of the roundtable event Climate, peace and security: From youth voices to policy action, being organised by the Basel Peace Office and the World Future Council. The event is being held in conjunction with the annual Basel Peace Forum which is organised by swisspeace. Both events are support by the President’s Department of the Basel-Stadt Kanton.

‘A key focus of the roundtable event and the award is to highlight connections between climate action, peace and disarmament, especially nuclear disarmament,’ says Marzhan Nurzhan, Deputy Director of the Basel Peace Office. ‘Armed conflict, and preparation for armed conflict, contribute significantly to global carbon emissions. And if nuclear weapons are ever used in war the climatic and humanitarian consequences would be cataclysmic.’

Excessive militarism is also consuming the human, scientific and financial resources required to protect the climate and make the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy,’ says Alyn Ware, Global Coordinator of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, one of the co-sponsors of the event. ‘Imagine what could be done for the climate and sustainable development with $100 billion – which is the amount spent annually on nuclear weapons and which is just 7% of the global military budget.’

‘Youth today are starting to look at how budgets, subsidies and investments in fossil fuels and weapons production are supporting these industries and subverting progress for peace and the climate,’ says Thies Kátow, nuclear weapons and fossil fuel divestment researcher for the World Future Council.And they are leading some of the fossil fuel and nuclear weapons divestment campaignsGovernments, pension funds and other investors need to join these campaigns in order to impact sufficiently on the fossil fuel and nuclear weapons industries and thus to become a catalyst for change.’

Policy-makers need to open the doors of decision-making to youth,’ says  Samia Kassid, World Future Council Senior Project Manager on the Rights of Children and Youth. ‘By including youth in the development and implementation of legislation and policy, we ensure that their rights, and the rights of future generations, for a peaceful and sustainable planet are incorporated in planning.’

The roundtable event will premiere a video Youth voices on climate, peace and disarmament, which features young Europeans speaking about these issues. ‘In order to protect the climate, we need to find ways of being active and making our voices heard without significantly increasing our travel – especially air travel,’  says Chaimae Sebbani, Basel Peace Office youth coordinator and producer of the video. ‘We are therefore bringing the voices of many European youth to the Basel roundtable event – and to policy-makers – via statements which we are compiling in this video.’ The video will also be presented to participants of the Basel Peace Forum on January 10 at a pavilion on Inter-generational interaction for peace and the climate.


Click here for the program of speakers at the roundtable event.

For further information, media participation or interviews please contact:
Prof Dr (med) Andreas Nidecker phone +41 765 573 712
Alyn Ware +420 773 638 867 or +41 788 912 156

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The World Future Council at COP25 Climate Conference in Madrid: Our events

29. November 2019 - 12:44
The World Future Council at COP25 Climate Conference in Madrid: Our events

With the annual UN Climate Conference just around the corner, we are excited to invite you to meet our Climate & Energy Team at our side events from December 3 untill December 11 in Spain. This year, the 25th conference is taking place in Madrid, Spain from 2-13 December 2019. The Presidency of the Government of Chile aims for the implementation of the next crucial steps in the UN climate change process. The conference will be held with logistical support from the Government of Spain.

Our side events contribute to technological solutions and focus on the role of 100% Renewable Energy and the building of roadmaps to achieve the Agenda 2030.

Join our discussion, we would love to meet you during our side events!

More about COP25

100% Renewable Energy for All – the role of multi-actor-partnerships

  • Date

    3. December 2019 | 15.30 – 17.00

  • Location

    German Pavilion

  • Speaker/ Panel

    Dr. Martin Schuldes, Head of Unit Climate Cooperation, German Federal Ministry for
    Development Cooperation
    Ms. Francesca de Gasparis, Executive Director, Southern African Faith Communities’
    Environment Institute
    Mr. Dipesh Joshi, Senior Program Officer – Climate Resilience, WWF Nepal
    Mr. Jahangir Hasan Masum, Executive Director, Coastal Development Partnership
    Ms. Anna Skowron, Senior Project Officer, World Future Council

  • Description

    This side event shares lessons learned from 100% RE processes in Tanzania, Bangladesh and Costa Rica. It also discusses with perspectives from civil society and the German federal government the role of multi actor partnerships in enabling policy processes towards 100% RE in the Global South.

RElectrifiying NDCs: More Ambition through 100% RE

  • Date

    4. December 2019 | 10:00 – 11.30

  • Location

    Panda Hub

  • Speaker/ Panel
    1. Key note:

    Ms. Lea Ranalder, REN21

    1. Discussants:

    Ms. Andrea Meza,  Climate Change Directorate, Costa Rica

    Mr. Anh Vu Quoc, WWF Vietnam

    Mr. Dipesh Joshi, WWF Nepal

    Ms. Lydia Machaka, Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute

    Mr. Isaac Kabongo, Ecological Christian Organisation

    Mr. Jahangir Hasan Masum, Coastal Development Partnership Bangladesh

    Mr. Rafael Senga, WWF Philippines

    Mr. Raju Pandit Chhetri, Prakriti Resources Centre

    Mr. Adrian Blanco, La Ruta del Clima

    Mr. Sixbert Mwanga, Climate Action Network Tanzania

  • Description

    The event aims to inform participants about how scenarios of and a transition to 100% RE can lead to more ambitious and enhanced NDCs, based on projects with multi-stakeholder partnerships which inform a policy roadmap linking the transition to 100%RE to the socio-economic benefits of such a shift.

100% Renewable Energy for All through a Just Transition in Climate Vulnerable Countries

  • Date

    5. December 2019 | 11.30 – 13.30

  • Location

    Room 4

  • Speaker/ Panel

    Dr. Sven Teske, University of technology Sydney; Adrían Martínez Blanco, La Ruta del Clima; Jahangir Masum, Coastal Development Partnership; Anna Skowron, World Future Council

  • Description

    How can policy dialogues support a Just Transition in Costa Rica and Bangladesh?

    Can science-based roadmaps strengthen policy-making to accelerate the energy transition?

    How can Renewables reduce inequalities and strengthen democracy?

(RE)inforcing the Paris Agreement: From political will to action

  • Date:

    5. December; 6pm – 7pm (followed by a reception)

  • Location

    NDC Pavilion

  • Speaker/ Panel:

    NDC Partnership (tbc); Isaac Kabongo, ECO Uganda; Dipesh Joshi, WWF Nepal; Fentje Jacobsen, WWF Germany; Dr. Joachim Fünfgelt, Bread for the World

  • Description

    How can a shift to 100% Renewable Energy support enhance climate action?

    Can RE enhance NDC ambition?

    How would this play out on the ground?

    Haw can we ensure integration of RE into governance frameworks?

Parliamentary Breakfast: The role of Renewable Energy in NDCs

Launch – Building leaders in post-Paris times: National 100%RE roadmaps for Costa Rica and Bangladesh

  • Date

    11 Dec 2019 | 17:30-18:00

  • Location

    room MOCHA

  • Speaker/ Panel


  • Description

    coming soon

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Count the Nuclear Weapons Money: 7 days and 7 nights for nuclear disarmament

30. Oktober 2019 - 13:21

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“Imagine you have a lot of money, what do you find better? To buy food for 1 million starving children or for the ability to kill them all?”

This is one of the questions that Senior Advisor of the World Future Council and ideator of the Count the Money event, Holger Güssefeld, imagines asking his 3-year-old granddaughter. The message, registered to kick-off the event “Count the Nuclear Weapons Money”, currently taking place in New York, is very clear:  “This is one of the most stupid questions in the world, and yet we are still spending enourmous sums of money on nuclear weapons instead of tackling the most urgent problems of the world, such as climate change and humanitarian and social issues.”

The intention of Count the Nuclear Weapons Money is to show the true scale of the investments that nine countries are planning for the modernisation of their nuclear arsenals over the next 10 years. Volunteers in New York, London, New Mexico, Philadelphia and Wellington gathered to manually count $1 Trillion over 7 days and 7 nights. Starting on the 24th of October until the end of the day today, the volunteers have been counting  $100 million per minute in $1million dollar notes, and symbolically re-allocating them to climate protection, poverty alleviation, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The event is part of Move the Nuclear Weapons Money, an international campaign launched in 2016 during the 135th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly, by the Basel Peace Office, International Peace Bureau, World Future Council and Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament. Its goal is to cut nuclear weapons budgets and encourage divestment from companies manufacturing nuclear weapons and their delivery systems, while reallocating these budgets and investments to meet economic, social and environmental needs. 

Since then, a number of organisations and networks joined the campaign: Global Security Institute, UNFOLD ZERO, World Federalist Movement and the Abolition 2000 Working Group on Economic Dimensions of Nuclearism. The campaign also  works in close cooperation with the Go Fossil Free divestment campaign and the Global Campaign on Military Spending.

You can follow the event on YouTube and Facebook

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