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Newsletter - 08/2009
Dear Friends! 09/10/2009
This newsletter comes with a delay of some days – the reason being that the World Future Council has an important weekend behind it: From October 1st to 4th, our third Annual General Meeting took place in Hamburg. In the course of the meeting, the first Future Policy Award was presented at a festive gala event in the Hamburg Town Hall. With this award, the World Future Council honours exemplary policies – this year’s winner was a Brazilian law , first introduced in the city of Belo Horizonte, guaranteeing the right to food. You will find more about it in this newsletter, along with a report from the Annual General Meeting and an overview of upcoming events.

After this very successful meeting, the World Future Council continues its work with renewed energy and spirit – thank you for your support!

With best regards,

Jakob von Uexküll, WFC Founder

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View the Future Policy Award film about Belo Horizonte - The City That Beat Hunger

Councillor Activities
Prof. Dr. Vandana Shiva – “Soil not Oil” to be launched in Switzerland and Germany

WFC Councillor Vandana Shiva will be in Europe next month to launch her newest book “Soil not Oil” which was published in German by Rotpunktverlag. On November 3rd, Vandana Shiva will visit Berlin, Germany, for her final book launch of this tour. During the event, organised by Rotpunktverlag in cooperation with the World Future Council, Shiva will discuss with Renate Künast, Chairman of the Green party's parliamentary group in the German Bundestag.
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Top upcoming WFC Events
Turning Challenges into Chances
The World Future Council invites African politicians, representatives of business and civil society to its strategy workshop Renewable Energy Policies for Sustainable Development in Africa, including the inauguration of the 'African Renewable Energy Alliance'. The workshop will run under the patronage of WFC Councillor Dr. Tewolde Gebre Berhan Egziabher, taking place on October 10th in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

WFC Book Launch at the European Parliament
An evening reception will be held at the European Parliament in Brussels on Monday, October 14th, at 6.30pm to celebrate the publication of “A Renewable World” by Herbert Girardet and Miguel Mendonça.
The book launch will provide the opportunity to engage in a cutting-edge debate on feasible and viable solutions for tackling climate change with internationally renowned experts and guests. These include members of the European Parliament and the European Commission, Renewable Energy experts and other key players. Readers interested in attending the reception are invited to send their contact details to Brook Riley by October 9th, 2009.

The Human Right to Food.
What German cities can learn from Belo Horizonte

In 1993, Belo Horizonte started a comprehensive food security programme. Today, all citizens of the Brazilian city have access to healthy and affordable food. The World Future Council honoured this exemplary policy with its Future Policy Award on October 1st. Can German cities learn from Belo Horizonte? This question will be discussed at a panel discussion in Hamburg on October 28th. The event starts at 7pm at the Hamburg Museum, Holstenwall 24.

View of Belo Horizonte
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Top Recent WFC Events
Future Policy Award Ceremony
The first Future Policy Award ceremony was held at Hamburg’s historic town hall on October 1st, attended by 250 guests.
The first prize was awarded to the food security policy of the Brazilian city Belo Horizonte.
This programme provides free school meals, subsidised restaurants, controls the prices for the most important basic foodstuffs and encourages local production. Belo Horizonte’s policy reduced child mortality by 60 percent and undernourishment among children by 75 percent.
The second prize was awarded to a Tuscan policy that guarantees all farmers the right to retain their seeds, cultivate and sow them; equal second place was awarded to a Cuban policy which permits the use of all fallow areas within cities for the production of food and encourages the development of organic cultivation methods.
The awards were presented to Patrus Ananias, Brazilian Minister for Social Development and Fight against Hunger, Maria Grazia Mammuccini, Head of Department for Development and Innovation at the Tuscan Ministry for Agriculture, and the deputy Cuban Ambassador in Germany, Maria Ester Fiffe Cabreja.
The Future Policy Award is the first prize that celebrates policies on an international level. The World Future Council will award this prize every year to raise public awareness of best policies and to promote international dissemination of such exemplary legislation.
Read more about the award and watch the webclip here.

Third Annual General Meeting of the World Future Council
The World Future Council held its third Annual General Meeting from October 1st to October 4th in Hamburg. In thematic workshops, councillors, advisors and staff discussed priorities for the upcoming year.
After a constructive meeting, the Council adopted its work programme for 2009 and 2010. Councillors highlighted the need to work together even more closely, also across the different work areas. With this in mind, the World Future Council continues to spread effective policy solutions in the interest of future generations.

School in Djabula
Access to renewable energy for Africa
At a parliamentary hearing in Maputo (Mozambique), co-sponsored by the World Future Council and eParliament, issues such as mini-grids and how gender relates to electricity were discussed with legislators from ten southern African countries from 17th to 20th September 2009. At a field trip to the village of Djabula that has been electrified with photovoltaic systems, the participants gained first hand impressions of renewable energy access in rural areas. Read a detailed account of the meeting here.
Energy Efficiency and Sufficiency Campaign goes online
The WFC Policy Action Climate Toolkit (PACT) website has been extended, updated and has received a new look.
The new Energy Efficiency and Sufficiency section calls for a more efficient use of energy and energy conservation to considerably reduce overall consumption.
To achieve this objective, the new PACT website recommends eight proven and effective policies, such as mandatory energy audits and smart meters, as well as the introduction of CO2 avoiding cooking stoves and area road pricing schemes. The website is complemented by a new booklet that can be downloaded on our website soon. In addition, the PACT Feed-in tariff database has been updated and now contains information on FIT legislation in more than 50 jurisdictions around the world. For more information see

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