The Future Starts This Week in Hamburg

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The World Future Council is Ready to Go!

London, UK - 8 May 2007, 10:38 GMT - ATCA's mission of building a wisdom based global economy -- whilst adhering to the doctrine of non-violence -- will be strengthened further this week by The World Future Council (WFC), now that the WFC has reached its full complement of 50 eminent global pioneers, representing all continents from the world of business, politics, civil society and the arts. This strong new voice is about to get even louder!

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Re: The Future Starts This Week in Hamburg -- The World Future Council is Ready to Go!

In the future, the WFC will be able to draw on the expertise of the former President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, The Honourable Arthur N R Robinson. He has received the Parliamentarians for Global Action "Defender of Democracy Award", the Order of the Caribbean Community and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. And in 2002 he was honoured with the Peace Leadership Award from the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.

Joining Robinson as the latest in a long line of prominent figures to join the Council, are Prof Rae Kwon Chung, Director of the Environment and Sustainable Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific; Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, Director of the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law; Mairead Corrigan-Maguire, Co-founder, The Peace People and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Jared Duval, National Director of the Sierra Student Coalition; the author Dr Riane Eisler, President of the Centre for Partnership Studies; Wes Jackson, Co-founder and President of The Land Institute; and Baroness Helena Kennedy, President of the School of Oriental and African Studies (London University) and Member of the House of Lords, UK.

The new councillors will meet with the founding members at the WFC Founding Congress, which begins with a celebratory launch at 10am on the 10th of May 2007 in the city hall, Hamburg, Germany. At the ceremony, Ole von Beust, the Mayor of Hamburg, will officially welcome the Council to the city. The initiators of the World Future Council and long term ATCA members and contributors, Jakob von Uexkull (founder of the Right Livelihood Award) and Herbert Girardet (author, environmental expert and film-maker), will outline the aims of the WFC, and also speaking about their involvement in the Council will be interim members of the WFC Executive Committee, Bianca Jagger and Beate Weber, the former Mayor of the City of Heidelberg.

The Council will then go into session until Sunday to set the course for the WFC's future work. The members of the World Future Council will present the results of the founding congress as well as the Hamburg Call to Action to the G8 and the EU at the main press conference at 11 a.m. on Sunday, 14th May.

The Aims of the World Future Council

The World Future Council is a strong new voice in the global arena, which draws on our shared human values to champion the rights of future generations, and working to ensure that humanity acts now to safeguard a sustainable future. Despite having the means to tackle many of the problems we face, the existing global system of governance has so far seemed incapable of addressing them, often failing to adopt available solutions.

Supported by an international staff, the WFC's 50 Councillors will propose ethical guidelines for national and international policies. Detailing how they will go about implementing the proposals, Jakob von Uexkull said the Council will help "introduce these into national parliaments via the e-Parliament, a global online network of democratically elected parliamentarians. Our first in a series of major ongoing campaigns will be on tackling global climate chaos."


We look forward to your further thoughts, observations and views. Thank you.

Best wishes

For and on behalf of DK Matai, Chairman, Asymmetric Threats Contingency Alliance (ATCA)

ATCA: The Asymmetric Threats Contingency Alliance is a philanthropic expert initiative founded in 2001 to resolve complex global challenges through collective Socratic dialogue and joint executive action to build a wisdom based global economy. Adhering to the doctrine of non-violence, ATCA addresses asymmetric threats and social opportunities arising from climate chaos and the environment; radical poverty and microfinance; geo-politics and energy; organised crime & extremism; advanced technologies -- bio, info, nano, robo & AI; demographic skews and resource shortages; pandemics; financial systems and systemic risk; as well as transhumanism and ethics. Present membership of ATCA is by invitation only and has over 5,000 distinguished members from over 100 countries: including several from the House of Lords, House of Commons, EU Parliament, US Congress & Senate, G10's Senior Government officials and over 1,500 CEOs from financial institutions, scientific corporates and voluntary organisations as well as over 750 Professors from academic centres of excellence worldwide.

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