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Webinar: Why 100% RE is leaving no one behind – the key to sustainable development

18. Juni 2018 - 15:16

Webinar hosted by the Climate & Energy Team of the World Future Council

Tuesday, 26 June 2018; 1pm GMT

Energy is a prerequisite for development and a life of dignity. Access to electricity is essential to overall human progress, social welfare, and technological advancement and unlocks access to many human rights. Without reliable access to electricity, societies would have never reached the standards of living that many countries across the world enjoy today. While it would be naïve to understate the vital role that fossil fuel energy has played in improving livelihoods, it would be irresponsible, short-sighted and dangerous to ignore the threats of climate change, environmental degradation and concentration of political and economic power that this type of fossil-fuel-dependent development has produced. A significant shift is needed to ensure that energy can continue to play its fundamental role in driving development, supporting human progress and improving livelihoods across the world.

This webinar embraces this idea to promote the relationship between the transition to 100% Renewable Energy (RE) and sustainable development in the run-up to the High-level Political Forum. It describes how 100%RE can be the most significant catalyst for socio-economic development whilst also creating an equitable society for today’s and future generations. How this can play out will be discussed using hands-on examples from Tanzania and Bangladesh. All of which are currently working on defining and implementing the 100%RE vision.

The webinar aims to mobilise NGOs, development organisations and governments around the world to join the global 100%RE movement. To improve the work on the interlinkages of 100%RE and SDGs the webinar will actively engage the audience in a discussion on mobilisation, the necessary framework to monitor progress on 100%RE and SDG implementation and other relevant topics.

Draft Agenda SessionSpeakerWelcome & IntroductionAnna Skowron, World Future CouncilThe 100%RE visionRian van Staden, 100%RE PlatformThe link between 100%RE and SDGs and the process behind itJoachim Fünfgelt, Bread for the WorldLocal development and the transition to 100%RESixbert Mwanga, CAN Tanzania; Jahangir Masum, Coastal Development Partnership BangladeshDiscussionClosing RemarksAnna Skowron, World Future Council.avia-table-1 td:nth-of-type(1):before { content: 'Session'; } .avia-table-1 td:nth-of-type(2):before { content: 'Speaker'; }

 

How to join

You can join the webinar online by clicking on the following link: https://zoom.us/j/6929919343

To receive follow-up information please RSVP by COB Monday, 25 June https://goo.gl/forms/93UtLKpaPvu0RWJr1

 

Contact

Anna Skowron

Project Manager Climate & Energy Project Page

 

 

 

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Kategorien: Hamburg

Press Release: María Fernanda Espinosa was elected President of the 73rd UN General Assembly

6. Juni 2018 - 11:21
Member of World Future Council and Ecuadorian Foreign Minister María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, was elected President of the 73rd UN General Assembly

New York/Hamburg – Dr. María Fernanda Espinosa, Member of the World Future Council and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility in Ecuador, was elected 73rd President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) yesterday.
According to the UN, Dr. María Fernanda Espinosa secured 128 votes against 62 votes obtained by the only other candidate, UN Ambassador Mary Elizabeth Flores Flake of Honduras.

Dr. María Fernanda Espinosa: The Ecuadorian politician and poet is the fourth woman and the first woman ever from Latin America and the Caribbean to preside over the UN General Assembly Picture (c) World Future Council

Alexandra Wandel, Director of the World Future Council (WFC), congratulates:

On behalf of the World Future Council, I would like to congratulate you on your election, and send my best wishes in your esteemed position as 73rd President. Your leadership and inspiring vision will help to strengthen the United Nations, and global society as a whole.

The forthcoming 73rd session offers a key moment to advance intergenerational equity in the UN System to ensure that the needs of present generations are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. We recognise the longstanding interest and support shown by the Government of Ecuador in these efforts, not least during your former position as Minister of Natural and Cultural Heritage. We are confident that with you as President of the UN General Assembly, future generations will have a strong advocate within the United Nations.

The World Future Council is working with the informal Governmental Group of Friends for Future Generations, which provides an important platform to develop new initiatives in this area. The Group of Friends endorsed the proposal to establish Global Guardians for Future Generations, to provide balanced advocacy for future generations, so that the UN can play a leading role in securing intra- and inter-generational equity globally. The innovative nature and normative legitimacy of the Global Guardians for Future Generations will play an important role in complementing existing efforts to help ensure that the UN Development System is more inclusive, impactful and coherent. With your esteemed leadership, the 73rd session of UNGA will seize new initiatives at a time when achieving fairness between generations in the context of sustainable development is becoming all the more important. This as a unique moment for significant breakthrough on the Global Guardians proposal, which would be welcomed by Member States and civil society.

We wish you just the best success for your endeavours, and strongly hope that working together decisively, we will promote the interests of future generations and our mutual values.

Yours sincerely,

Alexandra Wandel

Director

World Future Council

Ms. Espinosa (2nd from left) speaking during World Future Council (WFC) event in Hamburg in 2016. Also pictured: WFC Councillors Scilla Elworthy, Thais Corral and Rama Mani (from left to right). Picture (c) World Future Council

 

Media contact

For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact

Miriam Petersen
Media & Communications Manager, World Future Council
Tel: +49 40 307 09 14 19
miriam.petersen@worldfuturecouncil.org

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. The Council consists of 50 eminent global change-makers from governments, parliaments, civil societies, academia, the arts and the business world. Jakob von Uexkull, the Founder of the Alternative Nobel Prize, launched the World Future Council in 2007. We are an independent, non-profit organisation under German law and finance our activities from donations. For information on the Future Policy Award, visit: https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/future-policy-award

For press enquiries, please contact Miriam Petersen, miriam.petersen@worldfuturecouncil.org, +49 40 307 09 14 19.

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Kategorien: Hamburg

The Importance of Energy Communities – Side Event during the Policy Conference 2018

29. Mai 2018 - 16:00

Join us at the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) in Brussels, where the WFC is co-organising a side-event on 5th June 2018.

When it comes to the development of the energy transition, local communities play a central role in leading the way to a decentralised energy democracy. The Policy Conference organised by the European Commission aiming to share and discuss new policy developments, best practices and sustainable energy ideas. As part of the conference, we will hold a session on the importance of energy communities presenting new roles and pathways communities are currently developing around Europe. The goal is to uncover how, in light of the new definitions in European regulations,energy communities can be used to harness these technologies in a socially innovative way that provides local communities with control, ownership, means to address social needs such as energy poverty, and promotes democratic governance.

Join our discussion on Tuesday afternoon!

Energy communities, pathway for the citizens leading a decentralised transition to energy democracy.

When? Tuesday 5 June 16.00 – 17.30

Where? Résidence Palace, Salle Polak – Brussels, Belgium

Who? REScoop.eu, World Future Council, WIP Renewable Energies


More Info & Sign Up

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Kategorien: Hamburg

Implementing a “climate bailout”: How to convert fossil fuel stranded assets into renewable energy investments

3. Mai 2018 - 18:17
Abstract

To comply with the 1.5°C limit agreed in Paris, a significant fraction of fossil resources cannot be used for energy production. The loss of value of fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal will cause considerable uncertainty and instability on the financial markets. Also, the unavoidable transformation of energy companies towards renewable energy generation will be even harder when they are weakened by the accelerated depreciation of their fossil fuel assets.

Therefore, a new financial instrument is required to enable energy companies to convert their de facto “stranded” fossil fuel reserves into renewable energy (RE) assets. Passing on the losses to taxpayers would be neither politically nor financially realistic. The only institutions that have the economic potential to implement a “climate bailout” are Central Banks, just as they have done in the banking crisis since 2008.

 

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Implementing a “climate bailout”: How to convert fossil fuel stranded assets into renewable energy investments

3. Mai 2018 - 18:17
Abstract

To comply with the 1.5°C limit agreed in Paris, a significant fraction of fossil resources cannot be used for energy production. The loss of value of fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal will cause considerable uncertainty and instability on the financial markets. Also, the unavoidable transformation of energy companies towards renewable energy generation will be even harder when they are weakened by the accelerated depreciation of their fossil fuel assets.

Therefore, a new financial instrument is required to enable energy companies to convert their de facto “stranded” fossil fuel reserves into renewable energy (RE) assets. Passing on the losses to taxpayers would be neither politically nor financially realistic. The only institutions that have the economic potential to implement a “climate bailout” are Central Banks, just as they have done in the banking crisis since 2008.

 

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Kategorien: Hamburg

Experts to discuss solutions for Land, Soils and Food in Africa at Heliopolis University, Cairo

25. April 2018 - 15:23

The Future Policy Award 2017 awarded exemplary policies that contribute to the protection of life and livelihoods in the drylands and help achieve Sustainable Development Goal 15 Life on Land. This international prize was awarded by the World Future Council in partnership with the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, the World Future Council. During a conference at Heliopolis University in Cairo, we took a closer look at these World Champions in combating desertification and discussed solutions for food, soils and livelihoods in Africa.

 

Right: Helmy Abouleish, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Heliopolis University and CEO of the SEKEM Initiative & WFC Councillor

WFC councillor Dr. Auma Obama talking to media after the event

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The conference at the Heliopolis University in Cairo which was convened by SEKEM Initiative, Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development together with the World Future Council. The aim of this event was not only to raise awareness on exemplary policies for land, soils and food in Africa, but also to create synergies between policymakers of international organisations (UN Convention to Combat Desertification, IFAD and World Future Council) and national stakeholders, i.e. ministries, Members of Parliament, civil society, academia and media.

During the conference, we were honoured to welcome experts on land and soil issues from across the globe. The event brought together high level participants and experts;  among them were Dr. Mohamed Abdel Aty, the Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation;  Dr. Auma Obama, World Future Councillor and Founder and Director of the Sauti Kuu Foundation;  Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD);  Hans Herren, President of Millennium Institute and Recipient of the Right Livelihood Award; Helmy Abouleish, Heliopolis University Chairman of the Board of Trustees and CEO of SEKEM Initiative and recently recognized as UN Champion for Facing Climate Change; and Alexandra Wandel, Director of the World Future Council Foundation which convened the Future Policy Award 2017 on Combating Desertification.

From left to right: Hans Herren, President, Millennium Institute and President, Biovision Foundation; Abdelkarim Sma, Egypt Country Director, International Fund for Agricultural Development, IFAD; Dr. Auma Obama, Councillor, World Future Council and Director of the Sauti Kuu Foundation; Monique Barbut, UN Under Secretary General, Executive Secretary, Convention to Combat Desertification; Alexandra Wandel, Director of the World Future Council; Lothar H. Fickert, Professor, Graz University of Technology; Prof. Hani Sewilam, Academic Director, Hydrology Department, RWTH Aachen University

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Experts to discuss solutions for Land, Soils and Food in Africa at Heliopolis University, Cairo

25. April 2018 - 15:23

The Future Policy Award 2017 awarded exemplary policies that contribute to the protection of life and livelihoods in the drylands and help achieve Sustainable Development Goal 15 Life on Land. This international prize was awarded by the World Future Council in partnership with the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, the World Future Council. During a conference at Heliopolis University in Cairo, we took a closer look at these World Champions in combating desertification and discuss solutions for food, soils and livelihoods in Africa.

 

Right: Helmy Abouleish, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Heliopolis University and CEO of the SEKEM Initiative & WFC Councillor

WFC councillor Dr. Auma Obama talking to media after the event

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The conference at the Heliopolis University in Cairo which is convened by SEKEM Initiative, Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development together with the World Future Council. The aim of this event was  not only to raise awareness on exemplary policies for land, soils and food in Africa, but also to create synergies between policymakers of international organisations (UN Convention to Combat Desertification, IFAD and World Future Council) and national stakeholders, i.e. ministries, Members of Parliament, civil society, academia and media.

During the conference, we were honoured to welcome experts on land and soil issues from across the globe. The event will brought together high level participants and experts;  among them were Dr. Mohamed Abdel Aty, the Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation;  Dr. Auma Obama, World Future Councillor and Founder and Director of the Sauti Kuu Foundation;  Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD);  Hans Herren, President of Millennium Institute and Recipient of the Right Livelihood Award; Helmy Abouleish, Heliopolis University Chairman of the Board of Trustees and CEO of SEKEM Initiative and recently recognized as UN Champion for Facing Climate Change; and Alexandra Wandel, Director of the World Future Council Foundation which convened the Future Policy Award 2017 on Combating Desertification.

From left to right: Hans Herren, President, Millennium Institute and President, Biovision Foundation; Abdelkarim Sma, Egypt Country Director, International Fund for Agricultural Development, IFAD; Dr. Auma Obama, Councillor, World Future Council and Director of the Sauti Kuu Foundation; Monique Barbut, UN Under Secretary General, Executive Secretary, Convention to Combat Desertification; Alexandra Wandel, Director of the World Future Council; Lothar H. Fickert, Professor, Graz University of Technology; Prof. Hani Sewilam, Academic Director, Hydrology Department, RWTH Aachen University

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Kategorien: Hamburg

Updates from our work in April

20. April 2018 - 14:37
Kategorien: Hamburg

Updates from our work in April

20. April 2018 - 14:37
Kategorien: Hamburg

A step forward towards sustainable food systems

12. April 2018 - 15:07
A step forward towards sustainable food systems FPA launch event during the 2nd FAO International Symposium on Agroecology

Our current food and agriculture systems are driving the vast depletion of natural resources, fuel inequality and contribute to climate change. We urgently need to shift to more sustainable food systems that deliver environmental and social outcomes and are able to withstand shocks and climate change!

Agroecology is a key element in this process this is why the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Future Council (WFC) and IFOAM – Organics International kicked off together the Future Policy Award 2018, a global contest for the world’s best agroecology laws and policies.

The launch of the Future Policy Award 2018 was organised at the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology held from 3-5th April 2018 in Rome, which was an inspiring gathering. The FAO expected about 400 people to join, but over 700 delegates, including ministers and ambassadors from over 72 countries, attended. The Symposium’s programme was dense and featured topics like successful experience for scaling up, policy issues and instruments for agroecology, and much more.

The event kicked off a global initiative for scaling up agroecology and thus transforming food and agriculture in support of the SDGs which provides a common work programme for the UN partners involved: FAO, IFAD, WFP, CBD, UNEP and UNDP. It’s a concrete step forward to reach the middle term targets (until 2030).

On 5th April, right after the High Level Panel on the Future of Agroecology with ministers from a number of countries, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva personally launched the Future Policy Award 2018 on Scaling up agroecology in his closing speech.

Ms Alexandra Wandel, Director of the World Future Council, was addressed by the FAO Director-General and applauded by him and the audience for contributing with the Future Policy Award 2018 to raise awareness for the important topic of agroecology.

  • Photo credit: ©FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto.

  • Photo credit: ©FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto.

  • Photo credit: ©FAO/Alessandra Benedetti.

  • Photo credit: ©FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto.

  • Photo credit: ©FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto.

  • Photo credit: ©FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto.

  • Photo credit: ©FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto.

  • Photo credit: ©FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto.

12345678 What is next?

We are now liaising with FAO staff to circulate the Call for nominations to experts on agroecology. The Call will kick off an intense research phase on the best policy candidates for the Future Policy Award 2018 – a press release on shortlisted policies is expected to be published in July 2018.

Stay tuned!

More about the FPA 2018 Pictures of the Symposium

 Follow the 2018 Future Policy Award on Twitter with #FPA2018 or #FuturePolicyAward

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Kategorien: Hamburg

A step forward towards sustainable food systems

12. April 2018 - 15:07
A step forward towards sustainable food systems FPA launch event during the 2nd FAO International Symposium on Agroecology

Our current food and agriculture systems are driving the vast depletion of natural resources, fuel inequality and contribute to climate change. We urgently need to shift to more sustainable food systems that deliver environmental and social outcomes and are able to withstand shocks and climate change!

Agroecology is a key element in this process this is why the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Future Council (WFC) and IFOAM – Organics International kicked off together the Future Policy Award 2018, a global contest for the world’s best agroecology laws and policies.

The launch of the Future Policy Award 2018 was organised at the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology held from 3-5th April 2018 in Rome, which was an inspiring gathering. The FAO expected about 400 people to join, but over 700 delegates, including ministers and ambassadors from over 72 countries, attended. The Symposium’s programme was dense and featured topics like successful experience for scaling up, policy issues and instruments for agroecology, and much more.

The event kicked off a global initiative for scaling up agroecology and thus transforming food and agriculture in support of the SDGs which provides a common work programme for the UN partners involved: FAO, IFAD, WFP, CBD, UNEP and UNDP. It’s a concrete step forward to reach the middle term targets (until 2030).

On 5th April, right after the High Level Panel on the Future of Agroecology with ministers from a number of countries, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva personally launched the Future Policy Award 2018 on Scaling up agroecology in his closing speech.

Ms Alexandra Wandel, Director of the World Future Council, was addressed by the FAO Director-General and applauded by him and the audience for contributing with the Future Policy Award 2018 to raise awareness for the important topic of agroecology.

  • Photo credit: ©FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto.

  • Photo credit: ©FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto.

  • Photo credit: ©FAO/Alessandra Benedetti.

  • Photo credit: ©FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto.

  • Photo credit: ©FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto.

  • Photo credit: ©FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto.

  • Photo credit: ©FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto.

  • Photo credit: ©FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto.

12345678 What is next?

We are now liaising with FAO staff to circulate the Call for nominations to experts on agroecology. The Call will kick off an intense research phase on the best policy candidates for the Future Policy Award 2018 – a press release on shortlisted policies is expected to be published in July 2018.

Stay tuned!

More about the FPA 2018 Pictures of the Symposium

 Follow the 2018 Future Policy Award on Twitter with #FPA2018 or #FuturePolicyAward

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Kategorien: Hamburg

Our Climate, Energy & Cities team has changed

9. April 2018 - 11:42

Our Climate, Energy & Cities team has a new director: on 1 April, Rob van Riet took over from Anna Leidreiter in managing the Climate Energy Programme. He will take up this post for the duration of Ms Leidreiter’s maternity leave. Mr. van Riet, who joined the World Future Council in 2010,  has previously coordinated the Peace and Disarmament Programme in our organisation.

The Climate Energy team has also been strengthened by a new Project Manager, Anna Skowron, who joined the team in February. In her main capacity, Anna is coordinating the media and communication work for the DEEDS project (“DialoguE on European Decarbonisation Strategies”), and advancing the team’s advocacy work for 100% renewable energy for sustainable development.

The Peace and Disarmament Programme will continue with a few of its key projects thanks to the continued involvement of some members of the Council.

Rob van Riet

Anna Skowron

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our Climate, Energy & Cities team has changed

9. April 2018 - 11:42

Our Climate, Energy & Cities team has a new director: on 1 April, Rob van Riet took over from Anna Leidreiter in managing the Climate Energy Programme. He will take up this post for the duration of Ms Leidreiter’s maternity leave. Mr. van Riet, who joined the World Future Council in 2010,  has previously coordinated the Peace and Disarmament Programme in our organisation.

The Climate Energy team has also been strengthened by a new Project Manager, Anna Skowron, who joined the team in February. In her main capacity, Anna is coordinating the media and communication work for the DEEDS project (“DialoguE on European Decarbonisation Strategies”), and advancing the team’s advocacy work for 100% renewable energy for sustainable development.

The Peace and Disarmament Programme will continue with a few of its key projects thanks to the continued involvement of some members of the Council.

Rob van Riet

Anna Skowron

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Press Release: Scaling up Agroecology

6. April 2018 - 6:15
How food security is possible: Future Policy Award to celebrate the world’s best policies for agroecology Global contest announced by UN Food and Agriculture Organization, World Future Council and IFOAM – Organics International

Rome, 6th April 2018 – At the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Future Council (WFC) and IFOAM – Organics International kick off a global contest for the world’s best agroecology policies.

Every year, the most visionary policies tackling humankind’s most pressing challenges are commended with the Future Policy Award (FPA), the only global award that recognises policies rather than people. The World Future Council has awarded this annual prize since 2010 in partnership with UN agencies. Recognising that scaling up agroecology is a key element to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, the World Future Council, the FAO and IFOAM – Organics International will identify and honour policies that create enabling environments for agroecology in 2018. Now FAO and the World Future Council joined forces, signing a Memorandum of Understanding to work together in support of this year’s Future Policy Award.

Signing Ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding between FAO and the World Future Council Image copyright ©FAO/Alessandra Benedetti (via Flickr)

 

Agroecology: key to achieving food security and sustainable agriculture

In 2015, world leaders committed to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDG 2, “Zero Hunger”, seeks to end hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. However, according to FAO, 815 million people go hungry even though there is more than enough food produced in the world to feed everyone. Agroecology can help transition to sustainable food and agriculture systems that ensure food security and nutrition for all, provide social and economic equity and conserve biodiversity and the ecosystem services on which agriculture depends.  The award highlights proven policies that effectively scale up agroecology at local, national and international levels

Our food system is at a crossroads

Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General, explains: “Agroecology can help transform the way we currently produce and consume food to build healthier and more sustainable food systems. But this calls for the full engagement of governments and policy makers. Only with significant commitment at the policy level, will we see the scaling-up of agro-ecological approaches take root and realise its potential.

 

“This year’s Future Policy Award will reveal proven solutions that make sustainable agriculture possible. The World Future Council is determined to further cooperate with FAO in order to identify and share the best policies for advancing agroecology in the interest of future generations. It is critical that we learn from the policies that are already making an impact,’’ says Alexandra Wandel, Director of the World Future Council.

 

 “World Leaders and the UN General Assembly recognise the potential of agroecology to achieve healthy nutrition for all and to address social injustice, climate change and biodiversity loss”, notes Peggy Miars, World Board President of IFOAM – Organics International. “We see it happen in numerous countries where the policy framework gets it right. Let’s showcase and reward these innovative policies!”

The winners of the 2018 Future Policy Award will be recognised in a ceremony at FAO in Rome around World Food week.

The Future Policy Award 2018 is supported by the FAO, the World Future Council, IFOAM-Organics International with the assistance of Green Cross International, DO-IT – Dutch Organic International Trade and Sekem Group (Egypt).

 

Joined forces (from left to right): Peggy Miars, World Board President of IFOAM – Organics International, Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General and Alexandra Wandel, Director of the World Future Council, at the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology Image copyright ©FAO/Alessandra Benedetti (via Flickr)

  Follow the 2018 Future Policy Award on Twitter with #FPA2018 or #FuturePolicyAward

Media contact

For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact

Miriam Petersen
Media & Communications Manager, World Future Council
Tel: +49 40 307 09 14 19
miriam.petersen@worldfuturecouncil.org

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. The Council consists of 50 eminent global change-makers from governments, parliaments, civil societies, academia, the arts and the business world. Jakob von Uexkull, the Founder of the Alternative Nobel Prize, launched the World Future Council in 2007. We are an independent, non-profit organisation under German law and finance our activities from donations. For information on the Future Policy Award, visit: https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/future-policy-award

For press enquiries, please contact Miriam Petersen, miriam.petersen@worldfuturecouncil.org, +49 40 307 09 14 19.

The Food and Agriculture Organization

The goals of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations are to reduce hunger and malnutrition, eliminate poverty through economic and social progress and support sustainable management and utilization of natural resources. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information. FAO helps developing countries and countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all. Since the founding in 1945, FAO has focused special attention on developing rural areas, home to 70 percent of the world’s poor and hungry people.

For press enquiries, please contact Tina Farmer, tina.farmer@fao.org, +39 06 5705 6846

IFOAM – Organics International

Since 1972, IFOAM – Organics International has occupied an unchallenged position as the only international umbrella organization in the organic world, uniting an enormous diversity of stakeholders contributing to the organic vision. As agent of change, their vision is the broad adoption of truly sustainable agriculture, value chains and consumption in line with the principles of organic agriculture. At the heart of IFOAM – Organics International are about a 1000 Affiliates in more than 100 countries.

For press enquiries, please contact Gábor Figeczky,  g.figeczky@ifoam.bio, +492289265019, +4915756925021.

 

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Press Release: Scaling up Agroecology

5. April 2018 - 16:15
How food security is possible: Future Policy Award to celebrate the world’s best policies for agroecology Global contest announced by UN Food and Agriculture Organization, World Future Council and IFOAM – Organics International

Rome, 6th April 2018 – At the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Future Council (WFC) and IFOAM – Organics International kick off a global contest for the world’s best agroecology policies.

Every year, the most visionary policies tackling humankind’s most pressing challenges are commended with the Future Policy Award (FPA), the only global award that recognises policies rather than people. The World Future Council has awarded this annual prize since 2010 in partnership with UN agencies. Recognising that scaling up agroecology is a key element to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, the World Future Council, the FAO and IFOAM – Organics International will identify and honour policies that create enabling environments for agroecology in 2018. Now FAO and the World Future Council joined forces, signing a Memorandum of Understanding to work together in support of this year’s Future Policy Award.

Signing Ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding between FAO and the World Future Council Image copyright ©FAO/Alessandra Benedetti (via Flickr)

 

Agroecology: key to achieving food security and sustainable agriculture

In 2015, world leaders committed to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDG 2, “Zero Hunger”, seeks to end hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. However, according to FAO, 815 million people go hungry even though there is more than enough food produced in the world to feed everyone. Agroecology can help transition to sustainable food and agriculture systems that ensure food security and nutrition for all, provide social and economic equity and conserve biodiversity and the ecosystem services on which agriculture depends.  The award highlights proven policies that effectively scale up agroecology at local, national and international levels

Our food system is at a crossroads

Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General, explains: “Agroecology can help transform the way we currently produce and consume food to build healthier and more sustainable food systems. But this calls for the full engagement of governments and policy makers. Only with significant commitment at the policy level, will we see the scaling-up of agro-ecological approaches take root and realise its potential.

 

“This year’s Future Policy Award will reveal proven solutions that make sustainable agriculture possible. The World Future Council is determined to further cooperate with FAO in order to identify and share the best policies for advancing agroecology in the interest of future generations. It is critical that we learn from the policies that are already making an impact,’’ says Alexandra Wandel, Director of the World Future Council.

 

 “World Leaders and the UN General Assembly recognise the potential of agroecology to achieve healthy nutrition for all and to address social injustice, climate change and biodiversity loss”, notes Peggy Miars, World Board President of IFOAM – Organics International. “We see it happen in numerous countries where the policy framework gets it right. Let’s showcase and reward these innovative policies!”

The winners of the 2018 Future Policy Award will be recognised in a ceremony at FAO in Rome around World Food week.

The Future Policy Award 2018 is supported by the FAO, the World Future Council, IFOAM-Organics International with the assistance of Green Cross International, DO-IT – Dutch Organic International Trade and Sekem Group (Egypt).

 

Joined forces (from left to right): Peggy Miars, World Board President of IFOAM – Organics International, Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General and Alexandra Wandel, Director of the World Future Council, at the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology Image copyright ©FAO/Alessandra Benedetti (via Flickr)

  Follow the 2018 Future Policy Award on Twitter with #FPA2018 or #FuturePolicyAward

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For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact

Miriam Petersen
Media & Communications Manager, World Future Council
Tel: +49 40 307 09 14 19
miriam.petersen@worldfuturecouncil.org

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. The Council consists of 50 eminent global change-makers from governments, parliaments, civil societies, academia, the arts and the business world. Jakob von Uexkull, the Founder of the Alternative Nobel Prize, launched the World Future Council in 2007. We are an independent, non-profit organisation under German law and finance our activities from donations. For information on the Future Policy Award, visit: https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/future-policy-award

For press enquiries, please contact Miriam Petersen, miriam.petersen@worldfuturecouncil.org, +49 40 307 09 14 19.

The Food and Agriculture Organization

The goals of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations are to reduce hunger and malnutrition, eliminate poverty through economic and social progress and support sustainable management and utilization of natural resources. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information. FAO helps developing countries and countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all. Since the founding in 1945, FAO has focused special attention on developing rural areas, home to 70 percent of the world’s poor and hungry people.

For press enquiries, please contact Tina Farmer, tina.farmer@fao.org, +39 06 5705 6846

IFOAM – Organics International

Since 1972, IFOAM – Organics International has occupied an unchallenged position as the only international umbrella organization in the organic world, uniting an enormous diversity of stakeholders contributing to the organic vision. As agent of change, their vision is the broad adoption of truly sustainable agriculture, value chains and consumption in line with the principles of organic agriculture. At the heart of IFOAM – Organics International are about a 1000 Affiliates in more than 100 countries.

For press enquiries, please contact Gábor Figeczky,  g.figeczky@ifoam.bio, +492289265019, +4915756925021.

 

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Amid growing dangers, experts highlight importance of the UN High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament

29. März 2018 - 14:18
Amid growing dangers, experts highlight importance of the UN High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament

New York, NY – March 28, 2018.  At a media briefing for journalists at the United Nations in New York today, nuclear disarmament experts and campaigners highlighted the critical need for successful diplomacy on nuclear-weapons related conflicts, including in Northeast Asia, between the US/NATO and Russia, and at the upcoming UN High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament.

“Putin’s March 1 speech and the February 2 U.S. Nuclear Posture Review make clear that Russia and the United States are poised to resume nuclear arms racing on a scale not seen since the dark days of the Cold War,” said John Burroughs, Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy (USA) and UN Representative for the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms.

At the press conference in New York

Arms racing is dangerous in itself. It also is contrary to the Nonproliferation Treaty obligation to negotiate ‘cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date.’  Russia and the United States should seize every opportunity to put the threatened nuclear arms race in reverse.”

An open letter to the leaders of USA, South Korea and North Korea signed by more than 100 US civil society groups, was released at the UN media briefing by Jackie Cabasso, Executive Director of Western States Legal Foundation.  The letter expressed support for the upcoming inter-Korean summit in April and the US-DPRK summit in May, and urged the leaders “to patiently and diligently seek common ground.

The letter states: “Dialogue and diplomacy is essential if we are to prevent a war that would likely result in an unthinkable disaster for the Korean Peninsula, the United States and the world…..We recognize that one encounter between US and North Korean leaders will not likely produce an agreement that leads to a lasting solution. But the planned summits offer the potential for starting a serious process that could move us decisively away from the current crisis.

According to Cabasso, “This letter has taken on added significance in light of the appointment of John Bolton as US National Security Advisor.  In a March 1 Wall Street Journal op-ed Bolton called for a preemptive military strike on North Korea.  The open letter to President Trump, President Moon and Chairman Kim is an unambiguous repudiation of Bolton’s warmongering, with more than 100 peace, faith-based, professional, and Korean-American organizations across the country welcoming the extraordinary diplomatic opening that has appeared.”

The United Nations has key roles to play in promoting and supporting diplomacy, nuclear risk-reduction and disarmament
,’ said Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute. “The upcoming UN High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament comes at a vital time to build global support from UN Member States. We encourage all UN members to participate at the highest level, and to give full support to nuclear risk-reduction and disarmament measures.”

“States could use this opportunity to either sign the new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons or commit to a negotiation process to stop the new arms race, lower nuclear risks, and fulfill existing disarmament obligations by agreeing to a phased process of reductions leading to the universal, legally enforceable, verifiable elimination of all nuclear weapons,” said Granoff. “As a first step toward a safer saner world, the nine States with the weapons must all pledge never to initiate a nuclear war.”

The UN High Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament will convene in New York May 14 -16.  Nuclear disarmament campaigners plan to use the occasion to focus public attention on the nuclear-weapons industry, a key stimulus to the nuclear arms race.

“Companies manufacturing nuclear weapons and their delivery systems are a powerful lobby to increase nuclear weapons budgets, and to expand nuclear weapons policies in order to justify this massive public spending,” said Alyn Ware, Global Coordinator of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament.

“Legislators in our networks are becoming increasingly concerned about the risks of the nuclear arms race, and the fact that budget investments in nuclear weapons reduces the funds available for other important needs,” Ware said. “They have joined with civil society in Move the Nuclear Weapons Money, a global campaign to cut nuclear weapons budgets, and end investments in nuclear weapons companies.”

“Count the Nuclear Weapons Money”: Learn more about the campaign by clicking the image

“The public is not aware of the colossal amount of money wasted on nuclear weapons, and what an incredible contribution this money could instead make to ending poverty, protecting the climate and providing education, housing and basic health care for all,” said Holger Gūssefeld, Special Projects Coordinator for the World Future Council. “We will demonstrate this by counting out 1 trillion dollars –- the nuclear weapons budget for the coming decade — while the UN High-Level Conference is taking place.”

“Artists have designed mock $1 million notes. We will count 1 million of these one-by-one over seven days and nights outside the United Nations and in public locations in New York,’ said Gene Seidman, Project Director for Count the Nuclear Weapons Money. “While counting – at $100 million per minute – we will shine the light of shame on companies manufacturing these weapons of mass annihilation, and we will highlight areas of economic, environmental and social need that could instead be met with these funds.”

Media Contact

Stephen Kent, skent@kentcom.com, 914-589-5988
Alyn Ware, alyn@pnnd.org. +41 788-912-156, +1 929-216-3653

NOTE TO EDITORS AND PRODUCERS:  Sources quoted above are available for interviews.  For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact Stephen Kent, skent@kentcom.com, 914-589-5988

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Amid growing dangers, experts highlight importance of the UN High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament

29. März 2018 - 14:18
Amid growing dangers, experts highlight importance of the UN High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament

New York, NY – March 28, 2018.  At a media briefing for journalists at the United Nations in New York today, nuclear disarmament experts and campaigners highlighted the critical need for successful diplomacy on nuclear-weapons related conflicts, including in Northeast Asia, between the US/NATO and Russia, and at the upcoming UN High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament.

“Putin’s March 1 speech and the February 2 U.S. Nuclear Posture Review make clear that Russia and the United States are poised to resume nuclear arms racing on a scale not seen since the dark days of the Cold War,” said John Burroughs, Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy (USA) and UN Representative for the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms.

Arms racing is dangerous in itself. It also is contrary to the Nonproliferation Treaty obligation to negotiate ‘cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date.’  Russia and the United States should seize every opportunity to put the threatened nuclear arms race in reverse.”

An open letter to the leaders of USA, South Korea and North Korea signed by more than 100 US civil society groups, was released at the UN media briefing by Jackie Cabasso, Executive Director of Western States Legal Foundation.  The letter expressed support for the upcoming inter-Korean summit in April and the US-DPRK summit in May, and urged the leaders “to patiently and diligently seek common ground.

The letter states: “Dialogue and diplomacy is essential if we are to prevent a war that would likely result in an unthinkable disaster for the Korean Peninsula, the United States and the world…..We recognize that one encounter between US and North Korean leaders will not likely produce an agreement that leads to a lasting solution. But the planned summits offer the potential for starting a serious process that could move us decisively away from the current crisis.

According to Cabasso, “This letter has taken on added significance in light of the appointment of John Bolton as US National Security Advisor.  In a March 1 Wall Street Journal op-ed Bolton called for a preemptive military strike on North Korea.  The open letter to President Trump, President Moon and Chairman Kim is an unambiguous repudiation of Bolton’s warmongering, with more than 100 peace, faith-based, professional, and Korean-American organizations across the country welcoming the extraordinary diplomatic opening that has appeared.”

The United Nations has key roles to play in promoting and supporting diplomacy, nuclear risk-reduction and disarmament
,’ said Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute. “The upcoming UN High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament comes at a vital time to build global support from UN Member States. We encourage all UN members to participate at the highest level, and to give full support to nuclear risk-reduction and disarmament measures.”

“States could use this opportunity to either sign the new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons or commit to a negotiation process to stop the new arms race, lower nuclear risks, and fulfill existing disarmament obligations by agreeing to a phased process of reductions leading to the universal, legally enforceable, verifiable elimination of all nuclear weapons,” said Granoff. “As a first step toward a safer saner world, the nine States with the weapons must all pledge never to initiate a nuclear war.”

The UN High Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament will convene in New York May 14 -16.  Nuclear disarmament campaigners plan to use the occasion to focus public attention on the nuclear-weapons industry, a key stimulus to the nuclear arms race.

“Companies manufacturing nuclear weapons and their delivery systems are a powerful lobby to increase nuclear weapons budgets, and to expand nuclear weapons policies in order to justify this massive public spending,” said Alyn Ware, Global Coordinator of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament.

“Legislators in our networks are becoming increasingly concerned about the risks of the nuclear arms race, and the fact that budget investments in nuclear weapons reduces the funds available for other important needs,” Ware said. “They have joined with civil society in Move the Nuclear Weapons Money, a global campaign to cut nuclear weapons budgets, and end investments in nuclear weapons companies.”

“The public is not aware of the colossal amount of money wasted on nuclear weapons, and what an incredible contribution this money could instead make to ending poverty, protecting the climate and providing education, housing and basic health care for all,” said Holger Gūssefeld, Special Projects Coordinator for the World Future Council. “We will demonstrate this by counting out 1 trillion dollars –- the nuclear weapons budget for the coming decade — while the UN High-Level Conference is taking place.”

“Artists have designed mock $1 million notes. We will count 1 million of these one-by-one over seven days and nights outside the United Nations and in public locations in New York,’ said Gene Seidman, Project Director for Count the Nuclear Weapons Money. “While counting – at $100 million per minute – we will shine the light of shame on companies manufacturing these weapons of mass annihilation, and we will highlight areas of economic, environmental and social need that could instead be met with these funds.”

Media Contact

Stephen Kent, skent@kentcom.com, 914-589-5988
Alyn Ware, alyn@pnnd.org. +41 788-912-156, +1 929-216-3653

NOTE TO EDITORS AND PRODUCERS:  Sources quoted above are available for interviews.  For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact Stephen Kent, skent@kentcom.com, 914-589-5988

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WEF comment from Dr. Matthias Kroll, Chief Economist, World Future Council

27. März 2018 - 16:14
WEF comment from Dr. Matthias Kroll, Chief Economist, World Future Council

For a number of years, climate change has been on the agenda of the World Economic Forum in Davos – but until today, without any notable results, says the World Future Council, and suggests a “climate bailout”, similar to the bank bailout in 2008, to limit global warming to the 1.5°C threshold agreed in Paris.

Dr. Matthias Kroll, Chief Economist of the World Future Council, says in his statement:

“In 2008, when the global financial system was about to collapse, central banks intervened and saved the banks. Ten years after the banking crisis, the World Economic Forum reckons in their Global Risk Report 2018 that climate change is threatening us in a very similar way. So, why not use the proven tool to save human life on the planet? In fact, a targeted “climate bailout” is covered by the mandate of Central Banks to save our economies from the irreversible results of climate change. Central Banks are the only institutions that have the economic potential to facilitate the historic transformation to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.”

Dr. Matthias Kroll recently published a paper about the Climate Bailout.

Dr. Matthias Kroll studied political economics, sociology and law at the Hamburg University for Economics and Politics and graduated as a certified political economist. Matthias taught economic policy at the University of Hamburg. Since 2010 he supports the work of the Future Finance Commission of the WFC.

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Happy Easter from all at the WFC!

23. März 2018 - 15:49
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Happy Easter from all at the WFC!

23. März 2018 - 15:49
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