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Newsletter - 05 / 2012
Dear friends of the WFC, 05.10.2012
The Future Policy Award 2012 for the world's best marine and coastal policies goes to the small Republic of Palau in the Pacific. Palau impressed the jury with two innovative and courageous laws to protect the oceans and their inhabitants. Two other excellent laws, from Namibia and the Philippines, are awarded the Silver Future Policy Award. The award ceremony will take place on 16 October as part of the UN Biodiversity Summit (CBD COP-11) in Hyderabad, India where the awards will be presented by very distinguished speakers. We look forward to hearing Dr. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Dr. Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General of the IUCN and WFC Councillors as well as Jakob von Uexkull, founder of the World Future Council. Nanette Malsoal, Director of the Bureau of Fisheries, Palau and Honorable Kilus Nguvauva, Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Namibia have already confirmed that they will be present to accept the award.

For more information on the award-winning laws see our press release.
For current information about the Future Policy Award read our blog.

With kind regards from Hamburg,

Anne Reis,
WFC Media and Communications Manager

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The Bread Tank Film
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New Voices for Future Generations

We are very pleased to welcome four fantastic new Councillors among us! Henceforth, these eminent persons will help advance and support the activities of the WFC:

Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD); Anda Filip, Director for Member Parliaments and External Relations at the Inter-Parliamentary Union; Jan McAlpine, Director of the United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat; and Monique Barbut, Special Advisor to the CEO of Agence Française de Développement Group and former CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility.
New Report on "A Future for Gulf Cities"
Modern cities are the most complex systems ever created by humans, approximating the complexity of living systems in an ecological web. To assure that cities are benign to both their inhabitants and the ecosystems on which they depend, bold new approaches to policy, planning, design and use of technology are urgently needed. Based on the new WFC Report “Future for Gulf Cities”, the Expert Commission on Cities and Climate Change, established by the World Future Council and HafenCity University Hamburg, brought together 40 policy makers and experts in an expert hearing. They met to explore perspectives and develop strategies for future proofing urban development and creating regenerative cities in the Middle East and across the world. The hearing was hosted by the Al Habtoor Group in Dubai, U.A.E., from 20-24 September. You can download our report "A Future for Gulf Cities" in English or Arabic.
Heliopolis University Opens its Doors
The Heliopolis University in Cairo is the first University in the world to focus on sustainable development. Lectures for the first 200 students started on the 1st of October. The University was founded by Dr. Ibrahim Abouleish, WFC Councillor and founder of SEKEM. At present, there are five different bachelor degrees available to students: B.A. Business and Economics, B.Sc. Energy Engineering, B.Sc. Water Engineering, B.Sc. Mechatronics Engineering and B.Sc. Pharmacy. The common basis of the specialist degrees is the core program, which is orientated towards the idea of humanistic education: there are compulsory courses for all students in the natural and social sciences, language and the arts.

For more information please visit the University's Website.
Upcoming events
Folkecenter Parliamentary Hearing
The World Future Council, together with the Climate Service Center and the Nordic Folkecenter, hosts a parliamentary hearing on “Regional Development and Renewable Energy in Europe: Best Policies for 100 % Renewable Energy in European Regions” to discuss the potential of decentralised and community-owned renewable energy supply. The primary objective of the hearing is to bring together policy makers and parliamentarians from all governance levels as well as experts from the field of European energy policy. The three-day workshop in Hurup Thy, Denmark from 04-07 October provides a platform to share knowledge, exchange ideas, develop strategies and build networks with the overall goal of implementing 100 per cent renewable energy targets across European regions. Forty experts and decision makers for European regional development from 15 European countries have confirmed their participation.

Find more information on the Parliamentary Hearing here.
WFC Side Event on Exemplary Biodiversity Policies
From 8-19 October, 2012, the 11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP-11) will take place in Hyderabad, India. This biennial conference serves as an international platform on biodiversity and governing body of the convention. In addition to the Future Policy Award Ceremony on 16 October the World Future Council will hold a side-event on ‘Visionary Biodiversity Policies and Laws’ in cooperation with GLOBE International and CISDL on 18 October. As a follow up to the Biodiversity Session at the World Summit of Legislators in Rio de Janeiro in 2012, exemplary biodiversity policies and laws will be presented along with training materials for legislators and policymakers for future just biodiversity policies and laws.
Basel Peace Office Opening
The World Future Council is opening a new office in Basel, Switzerland jointly with Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND), the Middle Powers Initiative and the Global Security Institute. The opening events on 16-17 November include a public launch reception, a special dinner and a seminar on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons as an imperative for nuclear abolition. The Basel Peace Office will focus on programmes to achieve the peace and security of a nuclear weapons-free world. It will be hosted by the University of Basel Sociology Seminary and will be supported by the City of Basel.
Press Conference for Launch of Study on Feed-in Tariffs in Africa
Energy scarcity and the high environmental costs of fossil and nuclear power production in Africa demand that energy production should not only increase but be based on renewable resources. To this end, feed-in tariffs (FITs) have already proved successful in several African countries. In order to evaluate the effects of the implementation of FITs, the World Future Council and the Heinrich Böll Foundation, with additional support provided by Friends of the Earth UK, have conducted an extensive field study with several researchers across Africa. The findings are presented and analysed in the book 'Advancing Renewable Energies – Feed-in
Tariffs in Africa', which will be launched at a press conference on 19 November in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Annual General Meeting - World Future Council “Securing our World: The Crucial next 5 years” Abu Dhabi, U.A.E
The World Future Council will hold its 6th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E, from the 21st to 25th of November. Titled “Securing Our World: The Crucial Next 5 years”, the meeting will provide an opportunity to bring together Honorary Councillors, Councillors, Members of the Supervisory Board and Board of Advisors as well as staff from around the world to fulfill the purpose of further developing the WFC’s strategy. The AGM will be kindly hosted by Mr. AbdulMajeed Ismail Al Fahim from Abu Dhabi.
Doha 2012 UN Climate Change Conference COP 18

The 18th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC will take place from 26 November to 7 December 2012 at the Qatar National Convention Centre, Doha, Qatar. The World Future Council will host two side events at the COP:
Climate change resilience and the role of regenerative cities in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)
GCC countries have developed rapidly due to fossil fuel revenues facilitating natural resource consumption. Vulnerability to climate change threatens this development. Experts will discuss projected impacts of climate change and response strategies including ‘regenerative’ development in the region. – In partnership with HafenCity University Hamburg and WWF.

“Renewable Energy Revolution - Lessons applied in the Middle East and Africa”
Germany’s feed-in tariff policy delivered the basis for an ambitious energy transition with the aim of phasing out nuclear power. It therefore provides a blueprint for countries worldwide. How can REFITs in Africa and the Middle East help to provide electricity access and thus tackle poverty whilst leapfrogging dirty technologies? – In partnership with Heinrich Boell Foundation.
SusCon 2012
The World Future Council is an official partner of the third Conference on Sustainable Business and Consumption (SusCon) taking place in Bonn, Germany, 27-28 November. It will gather international decisionmakers from businesses, NGOs, governments and UN organisations that strive for the concrete implementation of an “inclusive green economy”. Among the participants will be world renowned speakers such as WFC Honorary Councillor Prof. Dr. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker and WFC Councillor Prof. Dr. Vandana Shiva.

Find more information on the Conference SusCon here.
Get information on all other upcoming events.
Recent events
Expert Hearing on Regenerative Urbanisation
At the 6th World Urban Forum in Naples, the World Future Council, together with its partners Energy Cities, REN21 and HafenCity University Hamburg, hosted a networking event on the topic of “Regenerative Cities – Beyond Sustainability”, on 3 September. This event gave an opportunity to urban planners, policy makers from different governance levels and civil society organisations to discuss different urban planning opportunities and challenges. The main objective of the meeting was to forge stronger partnerships in a concerted effort to address shared urban development challenges.
6th World Urban Forum - UN Habitat
At the EuroMemorandum in Poznan from 28-30 September the WFC introduced policies to finance climate protection by creating new special drawing rights of the IMF and for a "Financial TÜV" to regulate financial markets. Both were recorded in the final memorandum. The conference adopted a declaration of solidarity with the southern European countries suffering from the austerity policy that has been forced on them.
Get information on all other recent events.
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