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Newsletter - 4 / 2010
Dear friends, 07.07.2010
It feels as though the world closed ranks in June, united by the universal love for football. The World Future Council was in the middle of it, with the “Power Kick for Africa” project keeping many of the staff on their toes. To promote the use of renewable energy in Africa, we organized a policy workshop in Ghana’s capital Accra and a World Cup public viewing powered by solar energy in the non-electrified small town of Oboadaka, two hours from Accra. Councillor Hafsat Abiola from Nigeria kindly chaired the workshop which brought together political decision-makers as well as representatives from business and civil society from South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Cape Verde to discuss policies, technologies and financial mechanisms for the advancement of renewable energy use in Africa. They all got first-hand experience of the joy that access to electricity can bring when they travelled to Oboadaka to watch the pivotal Football World Cup group game of Ghana against Germany with the local people. Ghana TV, the English/Haussa service of Deutsche Welle radio, Ghana’s Business and Financial Times (amongst others) reported about “Power Kick for Africa,” disseminating the WFC’s message that harvesting renewable energy power is key to a sustainable development in Africa. All in all, “Power Kick for Africa” has proven to be an extremely rewarding endeavour – and a sustainable one also, since the installed solar system is now used to power the town’s health clinic. The knowledge exchange and cooperation of the workshop participants will also continue under the umbrella of the African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA) that the WFC helped to found in October 2009. In order to continue our seminal work in Africa we are dependent on donations – please support us!

With best regards from Hamburg,
Anne Reis
WFC Media & Communications Manager

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Power Kick for Africa
Public Viewing in Oboadaka

Get your own impression: For a selection of pictures of the public viewing and everyday life in Oboadaka click here.
Highlights from April to June
Cities and Climate Change
In May, the experts from the WFC Commission on Cities and Climate Change, a cooperation between the World Future Council and HafenCity University (HCU) Hamburg, met in Hamburg to discuss the developments of their current projects such as achieving 100% renewable energy for cities. The main objective of the commission is to turn public awareness towards the responsibilities of cities in the age of climate change, and identify the main obstacles to progress and the facilitation of knowledge exchange. During the two-day meeting, Nicholas You (UN Habitat) was appointed to be the first Chair of the Cities Commission, committing himself to scale up the work of the Commission on a pro bono basis until May 2011. In addition, the WFC and HCU announced the renewal of their cooperation for another three years.

Get information on all other recent events.
Commission Chair Nicholas You, UN HABITAT
Upcoming Events
Feed-in Tarifs: A time for Real Action on Renewable Energy
The World Future Council, Pacific Environment, Boell Foundation and others co-host a one-day conference on July 12 in San Francisco for the purpose of discussing the deployment of renewable energy in the United States, with a focus on California and the West Coast. Participants from stakeholder organizations, business and government will discuss this policy option to stimulate vast investment in renewable energy to increase energy security and job creation in California and other states. Among the confirmed speakers are WFC US Director Randy Hayes, Paul Gipe, Co-chair of the Allicance for Renewable Energy, and Hans-Josef Fell, German MP and co-author of Germany's Renewable Energy Sources Act. Space is limited. Please register here.
WFC US Director Randy Hayes
Debate on EU 2020 Strategy
How can the new long-term strategy EU 2020 be implemented so that Europe exits the crisis with a transformed, long-term sustainable development model? What role can the vision of future justice play to make this happen? During a dinner debate organised by the WFC at the European Parliament on September 15th, four MEPs across parties - Kriton Arsenis, Maria da Graca Carvalho, Nessa Childers and Kinga Gál - and the coordinator of the EU 2020 at the European Commission, Tonnie de Koster, will discuss the first tabled proposals from this perspective. The goal of the seminar is to kick-start a continued scrutiny of policy proposals regarding intergenerational fairness and their effect on the wellbeing of future generations. For more information see the EU 2020 website

Get information on all other upcoming events.
Future Policy Award
The Future Policy Award celebrates policies with particularly positive effects on the rights of future generations. In 2010 - the International Year on Biodiversity - the award will focus on the exemplary and inspiring policies on biodiversity protection in order to speed up policy action in the context of global loss of the variety of life.
Future Policy Award, designed by Peter Schmidt
16 policies from Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania and Latin America have been nominated by WFC Councillors and organisations from around the globe. The policies deal with the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable use of biological resources as well as with the equitable sharing of benefits from genetic diversity and more specifically with protected areas, agricultural biodiversity, forest biodiversity and marine and coastal biodiversity. The 2010 winner will receive the award during a ceremony hosted by the Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, Ahmed Djoghlaf, at the Nagoya Biodiversity Summit in Japan on October 26. Read more about the Future Policy Award.
New project: Oceans
Ecosystems are being destroyed, animals and plants becoming extinct, and biodiversity is being lost due to increased human activity. Although environments would be shifting and evolving regardless of human influence, it is necessary to understand that humans are causing the rate of change to become particularly dangerous. For the benefit of future generations, the World Future Council is undertaking the development of policy in the field of Marine Biodiversity within the Pacific Ocean, and in collaboration with our main partners, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Center for Oceans Solutions (COS) and the Okeanos Foundation aims to increase international cooperation of Pacific Island nations to confront the major challenges.
Clownfish and anemone
From June 28 to July 2, 40 delegates from eight Governments of Pacific range states and NGOs participated in a stakeholder meeting in Fiji to discuss opportunities for Pacific Ocean wide coordination addressing major threats and challenges to the marine environment and implementing solutions. Major aim is to start an international policy initiative for the sustainable management of this important ocean. With a clear commitment for this task, Dirk Hendricks, WFC Director Oceans, as well as other participants will present the results to important regional and international fora such as the Pacific Island Forum, the California and the World Oceans Conference and relevant UN meetings. A follow-up conference will take place in San Francisco in September.

More info on Oceans.
Cooperation with "Solutions" Journal
The World Future Council has partnered with the non-profit print and online publication “Solutions”. “Solutions” is a hybrid peer-reviewed journal and popular magazine, devoted to showcasing bold and innovative ideas for solving the world's integrated ecological, social, and economic problems. Its mission is to provide a forum to solve society's most pressing problems in an integrated way. With this partnership the WFC aims to share ideas and collaborate with the magazine to bring new and compelling solutions to members of the academic community, policy makers, business leaders, and members of the engaged public.
Report commissioned by the Center for Parntership Studies: The State of Society
In the US, GDP (Gross Domestic Product) keeps rising, yet unemployment is maintaining dangerously high levels and childcare and educational budgets are being slashed. This shows that we urgently need new measurements that provide policy makers and the public with a more accurate picture of the true economic health of the nation and its citizens. The newly released report “The State of Society”, commissioned by the Center for Partnership Studies (CPS), headed by WFC Councillor Riane Eisler, focuses on indicators that go beyond GDP to include key factors in a nation's quality of life and economic success, including health, education, human rights, environmental sustainability, and poverty levels. The report, published in June 2010, pays special attention to the still largely ignored, but bellwether status of the majority of the population: women and children. Download here
How to support us
To successfully continue its work, the World Future Council depends on partners and people willing to support its projects. If you are interested, please contact the World Future Council. You can read more about ways to support us here.

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