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World Future Council: Newsletter 1/2011 English

Dear friends! 3.2.2011

2011 has been declared the International Year of Forests by the United Nations General Assembly. The World Future Council honours the UN commitment to this vital cause and will therefore present its Future Policy Award to the best forest protection policies. It has already attracted a strong partner: the UN Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD).

The Future Policy Award Ceremony will take place at the UN General Assembly in New York in September 2011!

We are already very much looking forward to this event and have started the research and assessment of the world’s best forest protection policies. Our Future Policy Award celebrates policies that create better living conditions for current and future generations. A jury evaluates the nominated policies based on our “Seven Principles for Future Justice“, which include amongst others criteria for ecological sustainability, fairness, eradication of poverty, participation and human rights.

This year’s award celebrates people’s action to sustainably manage the world’s forests. As Wangari Maathai, Founder of the Green Belt Movement, Nobel Peace Prize Winner and Honorary Councillor of the World Future Council says: “When we plant trees, we plant seeds of peace and seeds of hope“.

With best regards from Hamburg,
Alexandra Wandel
Management Board

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