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Newsletter - 02 / 2012
Dear friends of the WFC, 23.03.2012
Viewed from space, the earth is a blue planet. Over 70 per cent of the planet is covered in oceans and major seas. They contain unique ecosystems such as coral reefs and harbour impressive variety and beauty. However, oceans and coasts are among the most threatened ecosystems in the world through overfishing, acidification and pollution.

Now is the time to act and save our blue planet. For this reason, the World Future Council’s Future Policy Award 2012 will celebrate the world’s best policies for oceans and coasts. But before we can say: „And the winner is…“ patience needs to be exerted . The winning policies will be announced at the United Nations Headquarters in September 2012 and the awards ceremony will be held in October at the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Hyderabad, India.

With best regards from Hamburg,

Alexandra Wandel,
WFC Management Board

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Ombudspersons for Future Generations: Sign our Online Petition
Future generations do not have a voice in current political decision-making. We want to change this. Our campaign “Ombudspersons for Future Generations” is promoting the implementation of the institution of Ombudspersons at international, national and local levels, ensuring legislative power to protect the rights of generations not yet born.

The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) held in Rio de Janeiro in June this year is the ideal platform for our call for Ombudspersons at all political levels. One of the main themes of the conference is to improve the institutional framework for sustainable development.

We have already recorded our first great success: Our call for Ombudspersons for Future Generations is included in the zero draft of the final outcome document for Rio+20. Now our team is working feverishly to ensure continued support from many government representatives.

You can help, too! Sign our online petition for Ombudspersons for Future Generations at Ahead of the Rio conference your signatures will be sent to all participating government delegations and Heads of State.

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Saving our shared future – five year policy action plan
Participants of the strategy meeting in SEKEM
A detailed five-year policy action plan, the result of an intensive four day meeting of selected WFC Councillors, board members, staff and external advisors has now been agreed upon. Based on a paper by WFC Founder Jakob von Uexkull, participants identified nearly two dozen civilisation-saving tipping point policies in the fields of environment, economics, governance and education. After review by the whole Council they will be broadly communicated in the context of the World Future Council’s campaign for Ombudspersons for Future Generations at the Rio+20 conference.

Recognizing the urgency of agricultural reform to create food security for all while minimizing the ecological footprint, it was also decided to prioritize finding funding to launch an agriculture commission that will be based in the inspiring surroundings of the biodynamic farm, SEKEM, near Cairo. The strategy meeting took place at SEKEM at the invitation of Councillor Dr. Ibrahim Abouleish who founded the SEKEM Group and runs it together with his son Helmy, who acts as an advisor to the WFC. Participants very much enjoyed the wonderful spirit and had a much-valued chance to look at the sustainable enterprises of the SEKEM Group including farming, medicinal products and clothing as well as their hospital and school.
Jakob von Uexkull receives Golden Dove Award
Jakob von Uexkull, Dr. Ibrahim Abouleish
In a very special and moving moment during the WFC strategy meeting in SEKEM, Egypt, WFC Councillor and host Dr. Ibrahim Abouleish presented Jakob von Uexkull with the Golden Dove of Peace. The award was created for the 60th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights in 2008 and is presented to persons fighting for integration, peace and human rights. Unlike most other awards, the golden dove sculpture is passed directly from awardee to awardee. Previous laureates include Desmond Tutu, Lech Walesa and Vaclav Havel. There are thirty identical doves which represent individually one of the 30 Human Rights articles, they are now being passed around the world from person to person.
Peace for Everyone: Conference in Oxford
The everyday life of many people is affected by war. In order to discuss peace building, the second "Rotary Peace Conference: Peace – Home and Away” brings together experts from around the world in Oxford on 28 April.

Scilla Elworthy, WFC Councillor and founder of the Oxford Research Group and Peace Direct, will hold the keynote speech titled: “What Makes a Master Peace Builder?”.

Dr. Scilla Elworthy
Upcoming events
Patronage of „Reading Without Nuclear Power 2012“
Jakob von Uexkull
By taking part in the series “Reading Without Nuclear Power”, many famous German writers and musicians will demonstrate against the misuse of art by the nuclear industry this April. A series of readings and concerts will be held from the 10th to the 18th of April in Hamburg under the patronage of WFC Founder Jakob von Uexkull who will also read from his book “We Owe this to our Children” on 17 April.

For 12 years, the controversial energy supplier Vattenfall has been polishing its image in the context of the so-called “Vattenfall Reading Days”, which bring high-profile authors to Hamburg. Now, citizens, entrepreneurs and writers are responding with these “Renewable Reading Days”. The aim is to engage all parties in calling for the accelerated phasing out of nuclear power and the expanding of renewable energy. For a detailed event program (in German) see here.
Get information on all other upcoming events.
Recent events
The Blue Planet: World Oceans Summit
The theme of this year's Future Policy Award is oceans and coasts. Consequently, WFC Director Alexandra Wandel participated in the World Oceans Summit in Singapore from 22 to 24 February. Under the presidency of "The Economist" editor in chief John Micklethwait more than 200 international leaders from various fields discussed the terms and conditions of sustainable use of marine resources. It was an ideal opportunity for Alexandra Wandel to alert international ocean experts as well as notable individuals, such as the President of Iceland and the President of the World Bank, to the WFC’s work on policies and this year’s Future Policy Award.
©Okeanos - Foundation
Vandana Shiva: Occupy Our Food System
Prof. Dr. Vandana Shiva
Cultivation, processing, distribution and sale of food are controlled by a few large corporations worldwide whose only interest is profit. This is damaging the soil, water, biodiversity and health of consumers.

To raise awareness of this situation, WFC-Councillor Vandana Shiva supported the "Occupy Our Food Supply Day of Action" on the 27 February, a global day of action for a sustainable and democratic production of healthy food. Shiva: “Our food system has been hijacked by corporate giants from the seed to the table. Seeds controlled by Monsanto, agribusiness trade controlled by Cargill, processing controlled by Pepsi and Philip Morris, retail controlled by Walmart - is a recipe for Food Dictatorship. We must Occupy the Food system to create Food Democracy."
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