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Newsletter - 4 / 2011
Dear friends, 1.9.2011
The countdown to the 2011 Future Policy Award begins. In twenty days we will be joined by our esteemed partners the UN Forum on Forests Secretariat, the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN and the Forest Stewardship Council, and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai in New York to announce the winners of the world's most inspiring and best forest policies. In the evening we will host an Award Ceremony at the Central Park Zoo, which the Wildlife Conservation Society is generously providing as a venue. Excitement is building as we enter the final stage of preparations. Which countries have the most exemplary forest policies? Find out on our website and the UN webcast on 21 September.

Our fifth Annual General Assembly in November is also fast approaching. We are thrilled to be able to welcome our Councillors to Hamburg again to share and discuss the World Future Council’s priorities in the run-up to the Rio +20 Earth Summit in 2012.

With best regards from Hamburg,

Alexandra Wandel

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News from the Council
The Earth belongs to all of us
With an audience of over 1000 people, our Councillor Dr. Vandana Shiva spoke at the Hamburg International Summer Festival on the unjust and devastating effects of applying property rights to common goods such as seeds, and the need to safeguard the commons. The evening event was moderated by Thorsten Fischermann from Die Zeit and organised by Kampnagel in cooperation with the World Future Council, the Bucerius Summer School on Global Governance, the Initiative for a GMO-Free Hamburg and GLS Bank. Earlier in the day Dr. Shiva was at City Hall for a private meeting with Deputy Mayor Dr. Dorothee Stapelfeldt and Consul General of India Murugesan Subashini, as well as to sign the Golden Book of Hamburg. At the event “Our Daily Rice: feasible for all. But how?” on 2 September she will give a keynote speech in the run-up to the 64th UN DPI/NGO Conference.

A protagonist of the global justice movement and physicist, activist, professor, and Alternative Nobel Prize Laureate, Dr. Shiva has fought for many years and on many levels to ensure that common goods such as seeds and water belong to all, now and in the future.
From co-founder to new Honorary Councillor
We welcome one of our former director of programmes as a new Honorary Councillor: As Co-Founder World Future Council, Professor Herbert Girardet was with us from the beginning. He is author and co-author of 12 books and 50 environmental TV programmes. He works as an international environmental consultant. Herbert is a former chairman of the Schumacher Society UK, an honorary fellow of Royal Institute for British Architects, a patron of the Soil Association, and a recipient of the UN Global 500 Award “for outstanding environmental achievements” and visiting Professor at the University of the West of England, Bristol.
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Councillors in the spotlight
The World Peace Festival was held in the last week of August in Berlin, headed by Dr. Scilla Elworthy as Programme Director. Sulak Sivaraksa of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists received the 28th Niwano Peace Prize on 23 July. Frances Moore Lappé tackles the question “Why are we, together, creating a world that none of us as individuals would choose?” in her new book “EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want.” Professor Dr. Hans-Peter Dürr has published his new book “Das Lebende lebendiger werden lassen” which grapples with the question of how new thinking can lead us out of the crisis. And Hafsat Abiola-Costello has been appointed Special Advisor on the Millennium Development Goals to the Ogun State cabinet in Nigeria.
Upcoming events
Countdown to the 2011 Future Policy Award
Community tree-planting in Rwanda
Bhutan, The Gambia, Nepal, Rwanda, Switzerland and the USA are still in the running for the most inspiring, innovative and best forest policies worldwide. The three winning policies which most effectively contribute to the conservation and sustainable development of forests for the benefit of current and future generations will be announced on 21 September at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, followed by an award ceremony in the Central Park Zoo. Guests include heads of state, international forest experts, artists, and activists, among them Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai and UN Goodwill Ambassadors Carl Lewis ('Sportsman of the Century') and Yann Arthus-Bertrand (Photographer, “The Earth from Above”).
Campaigning for the rights of future generations
At the UN DPI/NGO Conference in Bonn we will co-host a workshop with ANPED and UNEP on Sunday, the 4th of September. The workshop is titled "Have We Lost Vision and Courage? The Role of Civil Society in Democracies Reviewed".
The inconvenient truth about the climate-nuclear nexus
There will be “24 Hours of Reality” on Wednesday, 14 September, during Al Gore’s climate change reality campaign. For this day of action our website will feature climate change information that is not so widely known. It is about the relationship between climate change and nuclear power, and the fact that climate change makes nuclear power more dangerous.
Get information on all other upcoming events.
Recent events
Power Kick for Africa
72 participants from 19 African Nations – policy-makers as well as representatives from business and civil society – met on 30 June to discuss the topic of renewable energy at a two-day international conference in the Nigerian capital of Abuja. The conference was arranged by our African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA). In sessions on policy, technology, project development, finance and African leapfrogging participants exchanged experiences in best practices as well as best policies.

This year’s conference cast a spotlight on the linkage between renewable energy and gender. Gender as a main determinant of access, ways of utilisation, opportunities and control over energy resources was also a highlight at our “Solar Powered Screening” of the Women’s Football World Cup match between Germany and Nigeria. Hon. Ms. Elizabeth Thabethe, Deputy Minister Department of Trade and Industry, Republic of South Africa, said: “A change in energy production paradigm is necessary, and women should be at the forefront of the energy revolution. Women of the continent should be champions of this new energy production paradigm that promotes the utilisation of clean energy sources.”
Cheering on the Nigerian national team at our solar powered screening
Fact-finding mission in renewable energy
Seeing is believing: The WFC and the Ecologic Institute successfully organised a five-day European study tour for foresters, farmers, policy makers and energy experts from the US to share experiences on how to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy. Special attention was paid to the role of renewable energy policy in agricultural and forestry policy, and the implications of feed-in tariffs on rural economies. The feedback from all participants was overwhelmingly positive.
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