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Newsletter for Intergenerational Justice – December 2009 ************************************************************


INDEX:

1.) Voting age lowered to 16 years of age in the state of Bremen (Germany)

2.) Campaign for Intergenerational Justice in the German Constitution failed for the time being

3.) New FRFG-survey on the use of the term Intergenerational Justice published

4.) Winners of the 2nd Demography Price of the IDF announced

5.) Issue 4/2009 of the IGJR: "Children's and young people's rights - with a focus on the right to vote" is published in English

6.) Calls for papers for the Intergenerational Justice Review - Intergenerational Justice and the Scourge of War

7.) The FRFG will be present at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen

8.) Events and media appearances of the FRFG

9.) Last but not least…


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1.) VOTING AGE LOWERED TO 16 YEARS OF AGE IN THE STATE OF BREMEN

The aim of the FRFG is to ensure a generationally just and sustainable society on the basis of democratic principles. One fundamental principle of democracy is that attention is being paid to the rights and interests of all societal groups that are being affected by the decisions taken. This includes children and young persons. Nevertheless their needs are only considered insufficiently in many cases.
This year marks the 20. anniversary of the approval of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The gap between the standards and reality is obvious, especially concerning participation rights. Article 12 of the Convention states: “States Parties shall assure to the child who is capable of forming his or her own views the right to express those views freely in all matters affecting the child, the views of the child being given due weight in accordance with the age and maturity of the child.” For voting rights, the inflexible age limit of 18 years does not meet these requirements from our point of view. Now the voting age has been lowered to 16 in the German ‚Land’ of Bremen in a historical decision – this is the first time in the long German history that 16-18-years-olds are allowed to cast their ballot on a regional level. The FRFG supports the lowering of the voting age to 16 but deems this limit as being chosen at random and being unfair in individual cases. The politically interested 15-year-old, who has been engaged in cleaning up the environment in a Greenteam for years, is still being treated unfairly. Thus the FRFG advocates a voting right through registration independently of age. This solution does not feature the downsides of a fixed limit and is much more creative than a step-wise lowering of the voting age.

The full press release is only available in German at www.srzg.de > Presse.

The same goes for the FRFG’s position paper on Children’s Rights. Only available in German at www.srzg.de > Publikationen > Positionspapiere

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2.) CAMPAIGN FOR INTERGENERATIONAL JUSTICE IN THE GERMAN CONSTITUTION FAILED FOR THE TIME BEING

The institutionalization of Intergenerational Justice, one of the main demands of the FRFG, could not be implemented in the 16th German Bundestag. With the dissolution of the Bundestag in summer 2009 the Principle of Discontinuity came into effect: all motions that had not already been passed expired. Thus the motion of 104 deputies to implement Intergenerational Justice in the German Constitution by introducing a sweeping clause (Art. 20b new) and tightening Art. 109 in the financial constitution in order to limit new debts also expired. The foundation regrets that the enrolees – mainly young deputies from all parties excluding the Left – could not prevail with all their demands. Nevertheless the second part of the motion – the reform of the financial constitution – was successfully implemented, even though by other persons and due to different reasons. The new ‘Debt Brake’ limits new indebtedness far better than the new Article 109 could have done. You can find a timeline of the Campaign for Intergenerational Justice in the Constitution on the research pages of the foundation.

www.frfg.org > Research > Generational Justice in Constitutions

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3.) NEW FRFG-SURVEY ON THE USE OF THE TERM INTERGENERATIONAL JUSTICE PUBLISHED

In the year 2000 the futurologist Opaschowski predicted that ‚Intergenerational Justice’ would become the keyword of our society in the next few years. But is the term ‘Intergenerational Justice’ really conquering the political agenda? Since empirical data on this development is still missing, the FRFG has conducted a survey on the use of the term ‘Intergenerational Justice’ in the public as well as in the plenary debates of the German Bundestag in the last few years. Quantitative and qualitative analysis of select quality newspapers and the minutes of the plenary debates were carried through in order to survey this data.
One of the results is that the term ‘Intergenerational Justice’ has indeed become an institution in public and political language use within the last 10 years. The quantitative analysis of the newspapers shows that the number of times ‚Intergenerational Justice’ is mentioned is unstable over the years. Additionally some newspapers use the term more frequently than others.
The analysis of the plenary minutes showed that different parties are using the term with different frequencies and in the scope of different debates. In the Bundestag the term was above all used in context of budgetary politics, pensions politics and in debates on the implementation of Intergenerational Justice as a national objective in the constitution. If the different time resources of the parties are taken into consideration (the so called ‘Berlin Hour’), the Conservative Party (CDU) used the term most often with a 31 percent share of the total mentions. The CDU is followed by the Social Democrats (SPD) with 23 percent, the Green Party (20 percent), the Left (15 percent) and the Liberals (FDP, 11 percent). All parties except of the Left use the term in an affirmative way.
The complete survey is currently only available in German at www.srzg.de > Publikationen > Artikel und Studien

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4.) WINNERS OF THE 2nd DEMOGRAPHY PRICE OF THE IDF ANNOUNCED

The Institute for a Better Demographic Future awards the Demography Prize for Young Scientists every two years since 2007. The deadline for all entries was September 1st 2009. Also its second edition, 2008/2009, is characterized by the high quality of the submissions: ten articles written by a total of 17 European authors entered the final round of the competition. It is also remarkable that the authors come from a great variety of scientific fields: ethnology, social sciences, political science, cultural management, economics, psychology, social pedagogy, philosophy, journalism, geography and business administration. The diversity of the articles thereby mirrors the interdisciplinary relevance of the topic. In addition to their overall quality, the papers feature new, innovative approaches and interdisciplinary research designs.  The jury has recently awarded three of the submitted articles. The first place is shared by the following submissions:

“Opportunities and Possibilities for Young People in Shrinking Cities" by Felix Kroh and "Don't Waste Your Youth" by Karsten Bär, Anja Erdmann and Corinna Hamann.

The article "Zachte G: a modern approach towards building networks for young people in a shrinking region“ by Maya Rocak and Maurice Hermans was chosen for a special award. The awarded submissions are available on the homepage of the IDF at http://www.demographic-future.org/ > Demography Award > Demography Award 2008/2009.

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5.) ISSUE 4/2009 OF THE IGJR: CHILDREN’S AND YOUNG PEOPLE’S RIGHTS – WITH A FOCUS ON THE RIGHT TO VOTE IS PUBLISHED IN ENGLISH

The fourth peer-reviewed issue of the Intergenerational Justice Review, "Children's and young people's rights - with a focus on the right to vote" is now online. Authors are Prof. Dr. Dieter Birnbacher (Universität Düsseldorf), Prof. Dr. Steven Lecce (University of Manitoba, Canada) und Prof. Dr. Robert H. Pantell / Laureen T. Shannon (University of California, US / University of Hawaii, US) and Prof. Dr. Laurent de Briey (University of Namur).


All subscribers will receive this issue soon. The pdf version will be available under www.intergenerationaljustice.org  >IGJR. 

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6.) CALL FOR PAPERS FOR THE INTERGENERATIONAL JUSTICE REVIEW

Presently several issues of the IGJR are in different phases of completion (including IGJR 4-2009 on Children’s and Young People’s Rights). Articles are still being accepted for issue 1-2010 on "Intergenerational Justice and the Scourge of War". As a background: The Charter of the United Nations signed in San Francisco on 26 June 1945 starts with the words ‘We the peoples of the United Nations determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind […]’. War may be one of the biggest dangers for the coming generations.
You can find the call for papers at www.intergenerationaljustice.org > IGJR > Call for Papers

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7.) THE FRFG WILL BE PRESENT AT THE UN CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE IN COPENHAGEN

The FRFG has been granted observer status for the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this December. The Foundation will attend the talks with two observers in order to ensure that we can gather first hand information for our research on climate change issues. The foundation will also advocate the importance of generational justice in climate change mitigation and adaptation at the conference and at various side events. Furthermore the delegation will engage in talks with NGOs from different regions of the world to assess opportunities for future cooperation.

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8.) EVENTS AND MEDIA APPEARANCES OF THE FRFG

Participations in events and conferences

17. – 18. 11. 2009
Conference „Countdown to Copenhagen, Heinrich-Böll-Foundation, Berlin, Patrick Wegner.

05. 11. 2009
Presentation on Intergenerational Justice; Volkshochschule Wiesbaden; Patrick Wegner.

26. – 27. 10. 2009
Panel-discussion at the Symposium „Life in Seniority“ of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation; Castle Eichholz, Wesseling; Patrick Wegner.

21. 10. 2009
Panel Discussion of the Evangelical Academy; Göttingen; Patrick Wegner.

Appearances in the media

21.11.2009 – Wirtschaftswoche 48/2009 – Flucht und Vertreibung
06.10.2009 – Südwestpresse – Wackersteine im Rucksack
Interviews for Maintower and Panorama (both tv-programs of the Hessischer Rundfunk)

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9.) LAST BUT NOT LEAST…

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Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Memmert
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Newsletter for Intergenerational Justice – July 2009
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INDEX:
1.) German Parliament approves debt brake
2.) Survey of the German Parliament on Generational Justice in the Labour Market, FRFG climate donation
3.) Announcement of the Fifth Generational Justice Award 2009/2010: Possibilities and Limits of Cooperative Problem-solving in the Party Democracy
4.) New issue of the Intergenerational Justice Review: Young Generation Under Pressure?
5.) Calls for papers for the Intergenerational Justice Review    
- Intergenerational Justice and the Scourge of War
6.) Young Voices Project
7.) Changes in the composition of the editorial board
8.) Symposium of the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy
9.) Last but not least

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1.) GERMAN PARLIAMENT APPROVES DEBT BRAKE

In spring 2009, the German Parliament, with the necessary majority of 2/3, approved the implementation of a debt brake into the German constitution. The Minister for Finance called it “a historical decision for generational justice”. Starting from 2016 a new debt limit of 0.35 percent will apply to the Federation. This is an equivalent of approximately 9 Billion euros (for comparison: the new indebtedness for the crisis year 2010 will amount to 90 Billion euros according to official estimates). Exceptions will still be possible according to the new statutes, but only in connection with binding plans for redemption. Starting from 2020 in accordance to the constitution, the Länder will no longer be allowed to incur new debts. The previous clauses for protection of future generations in articles 115 and 109 had proven to be ineffective.
Even though the fathers and mothers of the constitution had seen the danger of a shift of debts upon future generations, the previous clauses could not avoid that governments under both CDU and SPD leadership accumulated a total debt of 1.5 Billion euros. The new debt brake is also giving a practical example to institutionalise the interests of future generations. This question ('How can the rights/interests/needs of unborn people be protected?') was debated broadly during the last 30 years in the philosophical and legal literature. The FRFG, which has fought for years for a similar settlement, welcomes the implementation of the debt brake and will organise a foundation celebration on 23 August 2009 to celebrate this amendment to the constitution. A precise analysis of the differences between the debt brake demanded by the FRFG and the implemented version will follow soon.

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2.) SURVEY OF THE GERMAN PARLIAMENT ON GENERATIONAL JUSTICE IN THE LABOUR MARKET, FRFG CLIMATE DONATION

The FRFG has finished its survey on Generational Justice in The Labour Market. The results will be published shortly in the new anthology “Young Generation under Pressure?” as well as on our homepage, here. In the scope of the survey we had promised to donate 2 euros to atmosfair for each deputy taking part. Thus the FRFG lately transferred 135 euros to atmosfair. This donation was certified by atmosfair.  

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3.) ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE FIFTH INTERGENERATIONAL JUSTICE AWARD 2009/2010: “POSSIBILITIES AND LIMITS OF COOPERATIVE PROBLEM-SOLVING IN THE GERMAN PARTY DEMOCRACY”

The fifth award, endowed with 10.000 euros, deals with Possibilities and Limits of Cooperative Problem-solving in the German Party Democracy
Below you can find a summary of the topic:

Every democratic system requires the competition of political parties and parliament factions, and to a certain degree it is part of the democratic role play to maintain such competition. Nevertheless, in a democratic system it is important, in order to achieve the majorities for necessary decisions, to aim for as much competition as needed and as much cooperation as possible. Democracy is always a struggle to balance between cooperation and competition. Across the globe there are many different approaches to finding this balance; the British Majority system, the concordance system in Switzerland, the coalition system in Germany and the Presidential democracies of France and the USA. All can be said to have their advantages, but do any of these systems ensure that not only the current needs are addressed in order to please voters and win votes, but that long term interests are implemented? Do any of these systems practice sustainable politics?

Take for example the complicated decision making in the political system of Germany, a system that requires the consensus of many actors often recompensing blockades. The non-appearance of costly reforms, for example in climate protection, are examples which illustrate that measures often oriented to the future can and are being blocked by single parties. In this case future generations in particular are disadvantaged by the absence of material-oriented collaboration of parties.
The complete topic can be found in www.intergenerationaljustice.org / > Awards

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4.) NEW ISSUE OF THE INTERGENERATIONAL JUSTICE REVIEW

jfg_09_06The newest, peer-reviewed issue of the Intergenerational Justice Review was lately published. IGJR 2/2009 "Young Generation Under Pressure?" approaches the young generation from two perspectives by exploring their lack of time and lack of money. This is an issue of intergenerational justice if the conditions for today’s younger generation, say the cohorts born between 1970 and 1990, are worse than for the cohorts that were born, say, 1950-1969. Even though life expectancy is continuously on the rise, many people are complaining that they have less time at hand. This is especially true for the ‘rush hour of life’, meaning the period of life between the mid-twenties and the late thirties in which persons of both genders usually start a job/career and a family at the same time. Concerning the financial situation there are several signs indicating that the young adult cohorts are relatively worse off in an indirect comparison with their predecessor generation. 1975, people in their thirties earned about 15 percent less than people in their fifties; today, they earn about 40 percent less. This in turn influences young adults’ decisions on reproduction.

The pdf version can be found under  www.intergenerationaljustice.org/ >IGJR

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5.) CALLS FOR PAPERS FOR THE INTERGENERATIONAL JUSTICE REVIEW

Presently several issues of the IGJR are in different phases of completion. Articles are still being accepted for the following issues:
- Issue 4/2009 on Children’s and Young Person’s Rights
- Issue 1/2010 on Intergenerational Justice and the Scourge of War
- For an additional issue in 2010 on Possibilities and Limits of Cooperative Problem-solving in the German Party Democracy

All calls can be found under: www.intergenerationaljustice.org / > IGJR > Call for Papers. As we are especially looking for articles for issue 1/2010, you can find the full call below:

Intergenerational Justice and the Scourge of War
The Charter of the United Nations signed in San Francisco on 26 June 1945 starts with the words ‘We the peoples of the United Nations determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind […]’. The Charter was obviously formulated and signed under the impression of the recently ended Second World War, which was the single event with the sharpest decrease of human welfare in history. The priorities have since shifted during an era of unprecedented peace in the OECD world and on a global scale. But even though as many as 192 states have signed the UN Charter, starting with an expression of determination to rid the world of the scourge of war, conflicts still ravage large parts of the world, particularly in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. According to findings of the AKUF (Working Group on the Causes of Wars) in Hamburg, Germany the number of conflicts has even steadily risen since the end of the Second World War, while inner state conflicts increasingly dominate the statistics.
The negative consequences of wars for the future of societies are obvious. Apart from the people dying, traumatised soldiers and victims pass down the psychological damages they sustained in war times to the future generations as parents. Additionally new forms of inner state conflicts have a much longer duration in comparison to classic interstate wars and leave the economies, state structures and societies of the states they ravaged in ruins for decades to come. Thus modern inner state conflicts are more likely to affect future generations than classical wars with clearly defined warring parties that usually end with a truce or a peace treaty.
Evidently the problem the ‘scourge of war’ poses to mankind is far from being solved. In this context it is remarkable that studies on intergenerational justice have so far neglected the topic, especially considering that the UN Charter specifically pointed out ‘succeeding generations’ as the beneficiaries of its determination to rid the world of wars.
The upcoming issue 1/2010 of the Intergenerational Justice Review addresses this issue, with the aim to establish the groundwork for a comprehensive discussion of peace policies in the scope of intergenerational justice. The issue aims to clarify the relation between the rights of present and future generations for a peaceful life, the role of humanitarian interventions based on Chapter VII of the UN Charter and interventions in general. This includes interventions for conflict management, peacebuilding, peace enforcement, peacekeeping, state and nation building.
Weapons of mass destruction pose an exceptional danger to the future of mankind. Therefore the ban and demolition of nuclear arms as well as the elimination of chemical and biological weapon are important elements of the topic.

Deadline for handing in articles is 1 October 2009

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6.) YOUNG VOICES PROJECT
Over the past 5 months Hannah Taylor-Kensell (EVS volunteer at FRFG) has been working with a group of 7 pupils from the Gymnasium Oberursel to raise awareness about climate change and intergenerational justice amongst young people. The group have worked together in researching the effects of climate change and surveyed a hundred 14-17 year olds to gather a picture of what young people really think about climate change and their responsibility towards future generations. The results of the survey are commentated in an article, giving possible explanations to why these results have been found and suggesting what can be done on an organisational and individual level to motivate young people to act in the fight against climate change. The article which will appear as an insert in our forthcoming issue of ‘Intergenertional Justice Review’, and it can be found on our homepage.

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7.) CHANGES IN THE COMPOSITION OF THE EDITORIAL BOARD
New members:
Dr. Ingolfur Blühdorn is associate professor (reader) in politics and political sociology at the University of Bath, UK. His research connects aspects of social and political theory, political sociology and environmental sociology. He has published widely on social movements and their organisations, Green Parties, and the transformation of the political in advanced consumer democracies. His most recent book publications include Economic Efficiency – Democratic Empowerment. Contested Modernization in Britain and Germany (with Uwe Jun, Rowman&Littlefield, 2007), The Politics of Unsustainability: Eco-Politics in the Post-Ecologist Era (with Ian Welsh, Routledge, 2008) and In Search of Legitimacy: Policy Making in Europe and the Challenge of Societal Complexity (Budrich, 2009).

Ph.D. Huey-li Li is professor of educational philosophy at the University of Akron, Akron, Ohio. She was born in Taiwan and studied the Chinese classics at the National Taiwan University. She served as a high school teacher in Kaohsiung, Taiwan before she pursued and earned a doctoral degree in philosophy of education in the U.S. Her current research areas are ethical foundations of environmental education, ecofeminism, ethics in teaching, postcolonial studies in education, and global civic and citizenship education.

Prof. Dr. Eckhard Jesse studied political science and historical science. He was stipendiary of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation and, from 1978 to 1983, he was an assistant professor at the University of Trier. In 1982, he wrote his dissertation on the right to vote in Germany. From 1983 to 1989, he was a lecturer at the University of Trier, where he habilitated. After some substitutions, he became a professor at the TU Chemnitz in 1993, where he holds the chair for political systems and political institutions. Since 2007 he is the chairman of the German Society for Political Science.

Prof. Dr. Dr. Udo E. Simonis was born in Hilgbert, near Koblenz. From 1959 to 1963, Simonis studied economic and social sciences at the University of Mainz, Vienna and Fribourg. From 1964 to 1967 he took part in the seminar for economic politics at the University of Kiel as a scientific assistant. In 1967, he was promoted in economics. From 1967 to 1969, he was the personal advisor of the president of Zambia. From 1970 to 1972, he was a research fellow at the University of Tokyo. In 1973, he received a professorship of economics at the T.U. Berlin. From 1981 to 1987, he was the director of the International Institute for Environment and Society at the Research Centre of Berlin (RCB). From 1988 to 2003, he was a scientific professor for environmental policy at the RCB. In 2003 he had an honorary promotion to Dr. rer. nat. at the University Lüneburg. His main research fields are: ecological changes in the structure of economy and society-international (global) Environmental Policy.

Prof. Janna Thompson is a reader and associate professor in the Philosophy Department of La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. She is the author of Justice and World Order, Taking Responsibility for the Past, and Intergenerational Justice. She has also written articles and chapters on environmental ethics and social philosophy.

Updates:

Prof. Nandita Biswas Mellamphy and Prof. Dr. Julian Nida-Rumelin due to other commitments have sadly had to leave our editorial board. We would like to thank them for all their work throughout the time they were with us.

Anna Lührmann leaves the board of trustees to follow her husband to Sudan where he will be taking a post as an Ambassador. We wish her the very best of luck and thank her for her guidance and support.

Lord Dahrendorf sadly passed away last week. We deplore the sudden death of our most distinguished Scientific Council member.

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8.) SYMPOSIUM OF THE INSTITUTE OF CULTURAL DIPLOMACY
The Institute of Cultural Diplomacy is organising an international Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy on the topic “The Role of Soft Power in the International Environment” from 27th to 31st of July in Berlin. You can register now under the following link: www.culturaldiplomacy.org/academy/index.php?en_calendar_symposium-2009
The symposium will bring together people form all over the world for an interdisciplinary program which will focus on the significance of soft power for today’s global challenges.
The list of speakers include four former heads of state, two former foreign ministers, Prof. Joseph Nye from Harvard, as well as further experts on the topic of international relations and cultural sciences. A complete list can be found here: www.culturaldiplomacy.org/academy/index.php?en_calendar_symposium-2009
For questions on the symposiums or the seminars offered there, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
The FRFG is cooperating with the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy and supports the symposium.

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9.) LAST BUT NOT LEAST…

Please let us know of people who are interested in the topic Intergenerational Justice. If you send us their postal address, they will receive a copy of the magazine >Intergenerational Justice Review< as a non-binding sample copy.
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You can find all former newsletters in the internet: www.intergenerationaljustice.org > Press > Newsletter
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New press releases about the FRFG can be found here: www.intergenerationaljustice.org > Press > Press Releases
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You can find the Intergenerational Justice Revue in PDF here:
www.intergenerationaljustice.org > IGJR > Issues
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If you do not want to receive this newsletter, please send an e-mail to
kontakt(at)srzg.de or cancel your name directly on our web site.
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With best regards,
The Editors


Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations
(Stiftung fuer die Rechte zukuenftiger Generationen)
Postfach 5115
D-61422 Oberursel
Tel: +49-(0) 61 71 - 98 23 67
Fax: +49-(0) 61 71 - 95 25 66
E-Mail: kontakt (at) srzg.de
Homepage: www.srzg.de
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Board of Directors:
Wolfgang Gründinger
Tobias Kemnitzer
Adrian Schell
Frank Schmilowski
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Board of Trustees:
Prof. Dr. Rolf Kreibich (chairman)
Prof. Dr. Ortwin Renn
Prof. Dr. Dr. Franz-Josef Radermacher
Dr. Juergen Borchert
Dr. Martin Thunert

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Newsletter for Intergenerational Justice – April 2009
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INDEX:

1.) Intergenerational Justice on the labour market - German Bundestag Survey

2.) Announcement of the 5th Intergenerational Justice Award 2009/2010: “Possibilities and limits of party cooperation in democracies”


3.) Demography Prize for Young Scientists 2008/2009

4.) Call for papers for the Intergenerational Justice Review

5.) Climate Legacy Initiative publishes policy paper

6.) Last but not least

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1.) INTERGENERATIONAL JUSTICE ON THE LABOR MARKET - GERMAN BUNDESTAG SURVEY

Intergenerational justice on the labour market was in the focus of the FRFG in 2008. Following the 4th Intergenerational Justice Award on the topic ‘The unequal treatment of the old and the young in the workplace’, the FRFG is currently conducting an empirical study with the 612 members of the Bundestag. The questionnaire ‘Intergenerational justice in the labour market’ measures the MPs awareness of the problems of the young generation and asks them which legal measures for an improvement of the situation they would be ready to support. The survey findings will be published in the anthology ‘A Young Generation Under Pressure?’ in fall 2009. You can find the questionnaire at: http://www.intergenerationaljustice.org > Research > Employment issues  > Survey of the German Parliament > Questionnaire

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2.) ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE 5TH INTERGENERATIONAL JUSTICE AWARD 2009/2010

The Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations (FRFG) offers an “Intergenerational Justice” award, valued at €10,000, every two years. The FRFG presents this award as an incentive for research on intergenerational justice. The main question of the fifth Intergenerational Justice Award is how a topic oriented cooperation of parties can be furthered and how the reflexes to oppose can be contained. We have now received the acceptance from Prof. Dr. Frank Decker from the University of Bonn, Prof. Dr. Jun from the University of Trier, Prof. Dr. Jesse from the TU Chemnitz, PD Dr. Reichart-Dreyer from the FU Berlin and Prof. Dr. Schmid from the University of Tübingen to be part of the jury. The main topic was slightly modified during the jury meeting of the 14th of March, and is now: "Possibilities and limits of party cooperation in democracies with a focus on Germany". For more, see http://www.intergenerationaljustice.org > Awards > Intergenerational Justice Award09/10 > Jury) for their helpful comments and suggestions.

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3.) DEMOGRAPHY PRIZE FOR YOUNG SCIENTISTS 2008/2009

The Demography Prize for young scientists, valued at 10.000 €, highly contributes to the raising of awareness of relevant demographic issues among the population. Every two years the prizes and the prize winners, as well as the results for this subject area, are announced to the public. The second Demography Prize 2008/2009 is entitled: “How can opportunities for young people be activated in regions with a shrinking population?”. The members of the jury for the 2nd Demography Prize are Prof. Dr. Rolf Kreibich (IZT Berlin), Prof. Dr. Udo Simonis (WZB), Dr. Christine Hannemann (Humboldt-University of Berlin), Prof. Dr. Heinrich Mäding (ARL, Hannover), Slyvia Schenk (retired councilwoman, chairwoman of Transparency International Germany) and Dr. Hans-Ulrich Oel (communication & personnel consulting). The prize has been open to participants since the 1st  July 2008, and closes on the 15th April 2009. Relevant documents can still be requested by e-mail. The award ceremony will take place during a symposium hosting renowned scientists who will discuss the topic with the prize winners. http://www.demographic-future.org

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4.) CALL FOR PAPERS FOR THE INTERGENERATIONAL JUSTICE REVIEW

Several issues of the IGJR/JfGG are presently being edited. Articles can still be submitted for the following ones:

- For the issue 3/2009 on the topic "Climate change and intergenerational justice"

- For the issue 4/2009 on "Children’s and young people’s rights"

- For the issue 1/2010 on "Intergenerational justice and the scourge of war".

You can find these call for papers at: http://www.intergenerationaljustice.org > IGJR > Submissions > Call for Papers

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5.) CLIMATE LEGACY INITIATIVE PUBLISHES POLICY PAPER

The Climate Legacy Initiative (CLI) just published its policy paper, Recalibrating the Law of Humans with the Laws of Nature: Climate Change, Human Rights, and Intergenerational Justice.  The CLI is devoted to bringing the law of government in line with the laws of nature.  Its goal is nothing less than to change the way we think about our world – and the way our laws deal with a world rocked by climate change. Read more on www.intergenerationaljustice.org > Research > Generational justice in constitutions > other countries, or read the full story on http://www.vermontlaw.edu/x4128.xml

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6.) LAST BUT NOT LEAST…
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Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations
(Stiftung fuer die Rechte zukuenftiger Generationen)
Postfach 5115
D-61422 Oberursel
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Fax: +49-(0) 61 71 - 95 25 66
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Wolfgang Gründinger
Tobias Kemnitzer
Adrian Schell
Frank Schmilowski
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Prof. Dr. Rolf Kreibich (chairman)
Prof. Dr. Ortwin Renn
Prof. Dr. Dr. Franz-Josef Radermacher
Dr. Juergen Borchert
Dr. Martin Thunert
Anna Luehrmann, MdB
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Newsletter for Intergenerational Justice – January 2009 ***************************************************************
INDEX:

1.) Next step for more intergenerational justice in the constitution – anchoring of a “debt brake” in the German constitution?

2.) First peer-reviewed issue of Intergenerational Justice Review (Nr. 1/2009) released on the topic “Historical Injustice”

3.) Intergenerational Justice Prize 2009/2010: “Possibilities and Limits of Party Cooperation in Democracies”

4.) Book project: "A Young Generation Under Pressure?"

5.) Current calls for paper for future issues of the JfGG and the IGJR

6.) New research associate and volunteers in the SRzG office

7.) Last but not least...

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1.) NEXT STEP FOR MORE INTERGENERATIONAL JUSTICE IN THE CONSTITUTION – IMPLEMENTATION OF A “DEBT LIMIT” IN THE GERMAN CONSTITUTION?

The budgetary deficit in Germany in 2009 will be at least 300 percent higher compared to the past year. The economic recovery plan includes loans of up to 50 billion Euros. This indebtness orgy will strongly constrain the coming generations. There is however a little ray of hope: the grand coalition has announced in February 2009 that it wants to implement a so called “debt limit” into the constitution. From 2020 on, the federal level and the states of Germany will only be allowed to incur debts of up to 0.35 percent of GDP. In times of crisis this margin can be exceeded, but only in combination with a law stating how the loans should be paid back, once the crisis is over. Negotiations are supposed to be concluded by next Thursday.
The FRFG has thus contacted all deputies, demanding for them to commit themselves to the implementation of an effective "debt limit" in all ways possible. We hope that the 104 delegates who supported the motion “Intergenerational Justice in the constitution” in the past will accept the pending economic recovery plan only if it comes together with an effective “debt limit”. More information on: www.intergenerationaljustice.org > Research> Generational Justice in Constitutions > 100 members

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2.) FIRST PEER-REVIEWED ISSUE OF INTERGENERATIONAL JUSTICE REVIEW (Nr 1/2009) RELEASED ON THE TOPIC “HISTORICAL INJUSTICE”

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"Intergenerational Justice Review“ has been strongly modified since the beginning of this year. It will now be released four times a year in English and German, and each article will pass through a peer review process conducted by experts in the field. An editorial board has been created for this purpose, composed of over 50 international experts from more than 10 countries, representing 9 fields of research. This panel of experts will decide on which articles will be published. The time and ressources put in by the FRFG for this journal is now more than double what it was in the past. The first issue of the year will be released at the end of March on the topic “Historical Injustice”. The English version is almost done, and the German version (similar in content) will be finished in about 8 weeks. The journal will then be sent to our subscribing members by mail. It deals with fundamental questions relating to historical injustice, the commemoration of victims and the question of a compensation for their descendants. You can find the authors as well as the articles of the current issue here: www.intergenerationaljustice.org > IGJR

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3.) INTERGENERATIONAL JUSTICE AWARD 2009/2010: “POSSIBILITIES AND LIMITS OF PARTY COOPERATION IN DEMOCRACIES”
 
 
The Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations is awarding an Intergenerational Justice Award every two years with a total sum of 10.000 €. The FRFG is thereby furthering scientific papers on an interdisciplinary scope on selected topics within the main theme of intergenerational justice. The main question of the fifth Intergenerational Justice Award is how a topic oriented cooperation of parties can be furthered and how the reflexes to oppose can be contained. Especially in the exceptionally complicated German system of decision making with its federal elements and its proportional representation political processes often reach agreements representing the least common denominator or even bad compromises. This was recently illustrated in the abandonment of climate protection aims. For more information please refer to the draft of the topic: www.intergenerationaljustice.org > Awards

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4.) BOOK PROJECT: "A YOUNG GENERATION UNDER PRESSURE ?"

 
For the upcoming book project we are still looking for articles (length: ca. 40000 characters) in English. The anthology is aimed at politicians, scholars, experts, and any interested members of the general public. We are happy to inform you that we have received a publishing contract from Springer (www.springer.com), one of the biggest science publishers in Europe. They will publish the book with about 200-300 pages. Springer Publishing will be in charge of copy-editing and formatting the manuscript. A spell-check will be done by a native speaker. Moreover, Springer Publishing will invest substantially in marketing measures for this book.

For more information please refer to www.generationengerechtigkeit.de > Publications > Books > A young generation under pressure


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5.) CURRENT CALLS FOR PAPERS FOR FUTURE ISSUES OF JfGG AND IGJR
 

The editors are seeking articles in English for the upcoming issue 3/2009 of the IGJR with the topic “Climate change and intergenerational justice”. General theories of intergenerational justice must answer two main questions: What to sustain for future generations? And how much to sustain? The field of global warming is a manifest example for the competition between the interests of present and future generations, making it an ideal case for the application of general theories of intergenerational justice.

For more information please refer to call for paper attached to www.intergenerationaljustice.org > IGJR > Submissions > Call for papers

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6.) NEW RESEARCH ASSISTANT AND VOLUNTEERS IN THE FRFG OFFICE

Since December 2008, a new research associate works at the Foundation for the Rights of Future Generation, as well as two young European volunteers from France and Great Britain. Patrick Wegner is 24 years old and is since December 2008 a research associate of the Foundation for the Rights of Future Generation (FRFG). He has studied political sciences, sociology and public law at the Justus-Liebig-University in Gießen and the University of Leicester in England.
Dan Sylvain is a 24 years old European volunteer and has studied Spanish and English. After a “Licence LEA” (this can be compared with a Bachelor) from the University Stendhal (Grenoble 3) in his homeland, Dan is eager to learn German and to gain knowledge on the theme of intergenerational justice.
Hannah Taylor-Kensell is 21 years old and has recently graduated with a BSc in Psychology from Swansea University in Wales. After graduating this summer, she was keen to grasp new experiences, different cultures and knowledge separate from her degree discipline.
You can find the complete short biographies in the people section of our website: www.intergenerationaljustice.org > Institute > People > Employees and Volunteers.

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7.) LAST BUT NOT LEAST…

Please let us know of people who are interested in the topic Intergenerational Justice. If you send us their postal address, they will receive a copy of the magazine >Intergenerational Justice Review< as a non-binding sample copy.
-------------
You can find all former newsletters in the internet: www.intergenerationaljustice.org > Press > Newsletter
-------------
New press releases about the FRFG can be found here: www.intergenerationaljustice.org > Press > Press Releases
----
You can find the Intergenerational Justice Revue in PDF here:
www.intergenerationaljustice.org > IGJR > Issues
----
If you do not longer want to receive this newsletter, please send an e-mail to
kontakt(at)srzg.de or cancel your name directly on our web site.
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Please feel free to contact us with any feedback concerning our newsletter.

With best regards,
The Editors


Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations
(Stiftung fuer die Rechte zukuenftiger Generationen)
Postfach 5115
D-61422 Oberursel
Tel: +49-(0) 61 71 - 98 23 67
Fax: +49-(0) 61 71 - 95 25 66
E-Mail: kontakt (at) srzg.de
Homepage: www.srzg.de
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Board of Directors:
Wolfgang Gründinger
Tobias Kemnitzer
Adrian Schell
Frank Schmilowski
---
Board of Trustees:
Prof. Dr. Rolf Kreibich (chairman)
Prof. Dr. Ortwin Renn
Prof. Dr. Dr. Franz-Josef Radermacher
Dr. Juergen Borchert
Dr. Martin Thunert
Anna Luehrmann, MdB
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Copyright © 2009 SRzG