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Newsletter - 2/2010
Dear Friends, 01/03/2010
The spreading of good policies is prioritised as the core activity of the World Future Council. The Feed-in Tariff (FIT) is one such example, which guarantees payment for renewable energy fed into the grid over a long period of time. By facilitating renewable energy production this policy helps to fight climate change, protect health, create new jobs and industries, democratise energy production and allow all sectors of society to be part of the solution to many of our 21st century challenges. Since our first book on FITs was published in 2007, we have advocated them in various target countries, including the UK and US.

The WFC’s work has directly contributed to the spread of FIT laws in both countries. In the UK, under the new law of 2010, one can now invest in renewable energy up to 5 megawatts and be guaranteed a reasonable rate of return. This allows private, commercial, government and other institutional investment in renewable technologies. Next year will see the introduction of a FIT for renewable heat – a potential world first. We made it our job to make this happen through coalition-building and advocacy, and it is enormously rewarding to succeed.

With best regards from Bristol,
Miguel Mendonça,
WFC Research Manager

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WFC Councillors will discuss "What security really means?" at a panel discussion in Hamburg. Join us!
Opening of the new WFC Africa-Liaison Office
Today, on March 1st, the World Future Council will be opening a new office in Africa. The office in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa will be run by WFC Campaign Manager Ansgar Kiene. Ansgar has been working at the WFC Head Office in Hamburg since October 2007 in the areas of climate and energy in Africa. He is familiar with the continent, culture and people from many business and private visits. With the full support of the WFC, Ansgar will focus on improving the political frameworks for the use of renewable energy in sub-Saharan Africa.
In collaboration with political decision-makers, civil society and business, the WFC aims to identify and spread good policies that enable people to access sustainably produced electricity at an affordable rate.
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Upcoming Events
Public panel discussion: What does security really mean? – 4.3.
WFC Councillors Dr. David Krieger, Dr. Rama Mani, Hafsat Abiola-Costello and Pauline Tangiora will hold a panel discussion on "What Does Security Really Mean? New Thinking for a Future of Peace". The Future Justice and Disarmament experts will introduce the concept of Human Security, highlight the importance of cultural justice and the detrimental effect of our current economic system.

March 4th, 8 pm, University of Hamburg/Germany (main building), Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, Auditorium H >>
Expert Workshop on Religions and the Common Future – 7. and 8.3.
Berlin: International experts point out how different religions can contribute to sustainable policy making. >>
World Urban Forum – 22. until 26.3.
Rio de Janeiro: The World Future Council and HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU) will present their brand new study "100% renewable energy and beyond for cities – urban renewable power policy toolbox" at a side event at the World Urban Forum in Brazil on March 24. >>
Feed-in Tariffs in Florida – 26. and 27.3.
Orlando: Joint workshop with the Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy (FARE) to promote Feed-in Tariffs in Florida. >>
South Africa's Potential for Renewables – 27. and 28.3.
Johannesburg: Stefan Schurig, WFC Climate & Energy expert, speaks at the "Power and Electricity World Africa 2010" conference about the potential of renewable energies and good policies for their promotion. >>
Renewable Energies in Central- and Eastern Europe – 30.3.
Warsaw: At the "Central and Eastern Europe Renewable 2010" conference, the director of our EU Liaison office, Dirk Hendricks, will present good policies for the promotion of renewable energies in the EU. >>
WFC Events in February
Rethinking Well Being at the EU Parliament
Rising awareness about and building up political momentum for a new sustainable understanding of Well Being – that was the goal of the Panel Series of the WFC Brussels Office and the Bertelsmann Foundation in January and February 2010 “Rethinking Well-Being – How to keep Europe on the Sustainability Track”. The third and last session titled “Cutting the Edge: How to realign the EU Sustainable Development Strategy” took place at the European Parliament on February 23rd.
Dirk Hendricks
Moderated by EU Parliamentarian Rebecca Harms (The Greens), the three panelists Parliamentarian Jo Leinen (Social Democrates), WFC Councilor and former Parliamentarian Anders Wijkman and Conny Reuter, President of the European Social platform, presented their views on how the European Sustainability - and the EU 2020 - Strategy should be changed in some parts, as well as where it needs to be complemented and followed up on.
Read more on the three panel events and other WFC events.
Councillor Activities
Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah congratulates Somalia’s transitional government
WFC Councillor and UN Special Representative for Somalia Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah has paid tribute to Somalia’s transitional government on its first anniversary. He condemned the terrorist attacks and expressed his gratitude to all countries that supported Somalia’s peace building. In an interview Ould-Abdallah pointed out that "the focus of peace efforts should not only be on security, political or humanitarian issues but also on economic development".
HRH Prince El Hassan Bin Talal calls for Community of Water and Energy in the Middle East
At the Swiss Conference on "Water Security in the Middle East" in Montreux HRH Prince El Hassan Bin Talal stressed the necessity of regional cooperation in the Middle East. "War does not make additional water, but regional cooperation can", HRH Prince El Hassan Bin Talal declared in his speech. Successful cooperation in the region could secure a better water and energy supply for millions of people in West Asia and North Africa.
Vandana Shiva welcomes ban on GM-eggplant
The Indian government has for the time being prohibited the cultivation of Bt Brinjal, a genetically modified version of a vegetable similar to an eggplant. WFC Councillor Vandana Shiva has been supporting the diversity and integrity of native seeds for a long time and had called for the ban on GM-food in an open letter to the Indian Minister of Environment Jairam Ramesh. She welcomed the moratorium as "victory of Indian democracy".
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