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A Vision Becomes Reality: The World Future Council


After three years of preparation, the founding of the World Future Council took place on 10 May 2007 in the Hamburg Town Hall. 34 Council members from 22 countries solemnly declared “that we will do everything in our power to help sustain life on earth with all its beauty and diversity for future generations.”

The congress was also attended by those for whom the World Future Council was formed: 200 children from schools in Hamburg as representatives of future generations. Founder Jakob von Uexküll pledged: “The World Future Council is a voice for future generations. It is less interested in what seems politically realistic at present; instead, it will be working to ensure that matters of ethical, ecological, and scientific necessity become realistic in political terms.”

The long-term aims of the World Future Council are to advocate the

  • rapid introduction of renewable energy technologies,
  • protection of forests and oceans,
  • healthy food and water supplies while minimizing environmental impacts,
  • transfer of funds from military to environmental security, healthcare, education and shelter,
  • creation of sustainable cities,
  • shifting of taxation from labour to resource use,
  • sustainable production, trade, financial and monetary systems,
  • revival of local democracies and economies,
  • strengthening of the UN for the prevention of war and genocide,
  • safeguarding traditional indigenous rights, including land rights,
  • education reform in accordance with these purposes.

Several individuals associated with INESAP work in one way or another are members of the World Future Council, among them Tadatoshi Akiba, Mayor of Hiroshima and President of the Mayors for Peace; David Krieger, President, of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and long-time supporter of and participant in INESAP activities; and Judge C. G. Weeramantry, Vice-President of International Court of Justice (ICJ) when the Court issued its groundbreaking advisory opinion on the (Il-) legality of the threat or use of nuclear weapons. Their contribution to World Future Council activities will ensure that the issue of nuclear disarmament will be considered with high priority.