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Newsletter for Intergenerational Justice – 12/2013

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1) Campaign: "We want to vote!"

2) Academic Symposium: "Youth Quotas", 25/26 October 2013


3) The 7th Intergenerational Justice Award 2013/2014: "Youth Movements for Intergenerational Justice"

4) New Board Member at the FRFG: Bernhard Winkler

5) The new ambassadors of the FRFG

6) The 44th St. Gallen Symposium: "The Clash of Civilizations"


7) Report of the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations

8) Future Generations in the UN

9) Important Events for the FRFG

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1) Campaign: "We want to vote!"

01_12_13_wollenwaehlenAt the parliamentary elections in 2013, children and youth had no voice. Millions of people in Germany are excluded from the elections, just because they are under the age of 18. This violates the constitutional laws on democracy and sovereignty of the people. This situation is no longer defensible. Therefore, the FRFG has, together with children and youth, taken the initiative to found the campaign "We want to vote!" . The main goal for the campaign is to contest the parliamentary election.

You can support our campaign! Please see our funding request at betterplace.org for further information.

The policy paper "Elections without age limits", made by the FRFG can be found here .

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2) Academic Symposium: "Youth Quotas", 25/26. October 2013

02_12_13_symposiumIn the last weekend of October (25/26th), the Academic Symposium "Youth Quotas – The Answer to Changes in Age Demographics", was arranged in Stuttgart by the FRFG and the Intergenerational Foundation (IF)
A high number of established as well as younger scientists presented their ideas to this highly under-researched topic. The weekend was characterized by a pleasant atmosphere. Several presentations were given, all of them at a high academic level.
At the symposium, the academic papers regarding the 4th Demography Prize 2012/2013  were awarded. The Stiftung Apfelbaum provided a prize money of 10 000 EUR for free disposal.

The complete program of the symposium can be found here.

The awarded papers can be found here.

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3) The 7th Intergenerational Justice Award 2013/2014: "Youth Movements for Intergenerational Justice"

03_12_13_jugendbewegungenIn cooperation with the IF, the FRFG hereby announces the 7th Intergenerational Justice Award 2013/2014 concerning the topic "Youth Movements for Intergenerational Justice". The award is supported by the Apfelbaum Foundation. The winner will receive 10 000 Euro.

Further information regarding the Prize can be found here.

You can access the complete documents for the award by contacting kontakt(at)srzg.de

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4) New board member at the FRFG: Bernhard Winkler

04_12_13_pressefoto by mathias lauringer mlfoto.eu_kleinSince October 27th, Bernhard Winkler is a new member of the board of the FRFG. Winkler is displacing Danyal Bayaz.

Bernhard Winkler (born in 1989), is studying law at the University of Linz, Austria. He is the author of the book "So nicht! Anklage einer verlorenen Generation" and a member of the think tank "denkt.at", a network of thirty young Austrian thinkers.  Furthermore, he worked as a journalist in the newspaper Oberösterreichischen Nachrichten, and since 2010 he is a PR-employee in a large Austrian sports article-company.

We are looking forward to work together with Bernhard Winkler and express our gratitude to Danyal Bayaz  and his effort as a member of the FRFG board. However, Bayaz will not leave the organization, as he is still going to work as an ambassador for the FRFG.

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5) The new ambassadors of the FRFG

Since October 27th, the FRFG has six new ambassadors, who are going represent the FRFG. The new ambassadors of the FRFG are:

anna_botschafterAnna Halbig: Anna Halbig (born in 1990) is studying law in Göttingen. As a part of her study program “Europäisches und internationals öffentliches Recht”, she takes particular interest in environmental law. Within the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, a renowned court simulation, she deals with the judgement of climate refugees. Anna Halbig led the FRFG-delegation at the UN climate summit in Warschau in 2013.

"To me, intergenerational justice means that we all have to strive for sustainable development and environmental protection. The consequences of contemporary carelessness are that the coming generations will have to bare most of the costs. Thus, it is necessary to curb the negative consequences of climate change effectively."



yvonne_botschafterYvonne Eich: Yvonne Eich (born in 1984), is working as a research fellow at the Bundesinstitut für Bevölkerungsforschung in Wiesbaden, where she is responsible for the “Online-Demografiedialog” of the Federal Government. Furthermore, she is in charge of the Youtube-channel “Demografieportal” of the German Government and the Federal States. Earlier, she has worked as an editor and blogger in the project futurechallanges.org led by the Bertelsmann Foundation. Yvonne Eich has studied Business and European Studies in Fulda, Queensland (Australia), Hannover and Temeswar (Romania). In her master thesis, she investigated Social Media Communication in the EU.

"To me, intergenerational justice, means equal opportunities for the youth and the elderly. Especially within the educational sector I identify obstacles which make it difficult to guarantee everyone the same opportunities, not only between generations, but also within one generation. In my opinion, particularly the tripartite school system and the stigmatized Hauptschulabschluss are responsible for this. In 2011, around 50 000 pupils left German high school without completing or achieving their diplomas. This number presents around 6 % of one age cohort. In other words, the chances of young people to create decent lives are put at stake, because many of them have to begin their adult lives with diplomas, which are socially perceived as insufficient, or no diploma at all. It is evident that intergenerational justice has to start with creating equal educational opportunities. "

bettina_koenig_botschafterBettina König: Bettina König (born in 1978) has a diploma in Business Administration and is the founder and head of board of Vereins fairwork e.V., which is advocating the rights of interns since 2004. Beside organizing strikes, speeches and consultancy advices, she submitted a petition to the Bundestag and published the book “Vom Praktikum zum Job”. In 2011 she stood as a candidate for the SPD in the constituency of Reinickendorf-Ost in order to enter the Abgeordnetenhaus in Berlin (regional parliament), where she failed to enter only by a small margin.  She is still involved in the SPD, amongst others as a deputy chairwoman and a delegate to the Landesparteitag (regional congress of the party). Currently, Bettina König is working as a public relations consultant for the German Red Cross and as an office manager at the SPD fraction office in Reinickendorf. She has two young daughters.

"From my point of view, intergenerational justice represents the ability to leave behind a society which will offer young people of today as well as the forthcoming generations the same possibilities as the previous generations claimed for themselves. The upcoming generations must have the opportunity to create meaningful lives, just as those who are old nowadays. The current generations have no right to excessively use raw materials or to damage the environment irreversibly, and thus let future generations bare all the costs. Intergenerational justice is in particular related to environmental protection and the use of natural resources. Nevertheless, topics like the labour markets, the public health care services, economic and fiscal policies and the overall social political framework have to be approached in a way that is not disadvantaging any generation.  Especially regarding the aspects of the current demographic changes, the question of justice between generations is more significant than ever before. We cannot allow people to be discriminated against because of their age. This means that we need to encourage politicians, business and other important societal actors to look ahead and take responsible acts to ensure that the basic needs of future generations are safeguarded. Especially our politicians have a huge responsibility in this regard. Unfortunately, they are currently failing to take this responsibility in many areas. Someone has to put it back on the agenda, this is why I would like to work as an ambassador for the FRFG."

manou_botschafterManouchehr Shamsrizi:
Manouchehr Shamsrizi (born in 1988) is currently completing his Master in Public Policy at the Humboldt Viadrina School of Governance in Berlin. As a scholarship holder of the Deutschlandstipendium, he is a member of the theme group “Alter und alternde Gesellschaft” at the Humboldt University and the Schering Foundation. Previously, he studied Economy-, Culture-, and Political Science at the Zeppelin University, where he also was coordinator of the European Center for Sustainability Research. He is a Global Justice Fellow at Yale University and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Besides, he is also a member of several think tanks, amongst others the “beta-group” of the ZEIT Foundation, the Google Collaboratory, the Siemens Future Influencers and the Grameen Creative Labs “Yunus Brainpool”. He is blogging at futurechallanges.org led by the Bertelsmann Foundation, and he is working as a columnist in the “REVUE – Magazine for the Next Society”.

"Every definition of intergenerational justice is located at the interface between righteous generations and the ideas of generational justice. If generations are not behaving fair regarding their ethical handling of knowledge based decision premises, it will be not possible to observe intergenerational justice just as much as spheres of justice which are blind for their structural links. Generations are the only actors which are able to create identity in these differentiated-transnational societies in which I can change my surname, religion and citizenship without any difficulties. However, I will still be part of my generation. In this sense intergenerational justice implies the recognition of the necessity to claim for justice as a whole generation – furthermore intergenerational justice means to acknowledge the political beauty resulting due to a cooperation between the generations: do ut des."

martin_botschafterMartin Speer: Martin Speer (born in 1986) is entrepreneur, activist and student. He was part of the group “Students for Barack Obama” and he  founded the beverage company OCÓO as well as the advertising agency “Ideenrepublik”.  He is a co-initiator of the “Generationenmanifest” and “Zukunftmanifest”. He also wrote the open letter “Stellt gleich, was gleich ist” to the Bundestag. Earlier, he studied Communication Science in the USA and currently he is studying Economy in Berlin.

"I want to leave behind a world where upcoming generations can create meaningful lives for themselves. However, intergenerational justice is more than just a personal matter for me. It is the economic, ecologic and social requirement for a sustainable and promising society. In order to achieve that, we have to start today – living, managing economies  and govern in a responsible manner. Together with the FRFG, I want to make sure that the challenges of the future are being taken into account today. Intergenerational justice concerns all of us, young and old."

danyal_kleinDanyal Bayaz: Danyal Bayaz (born in 1983) comes from Heidelberg and has studied Political Communication and Finance. Besides, he is a skilled journalist, who is currently writing his PhD at the Faculty of Economics and Social Science at the University of Hohenheim (Stuttgart). Within the topic of intergenerational justice, Bayaz takes special interest in macroeconomic perspectives.

"From my point of view, intergenerational justice means that the interests of the present generations and the future generations are balanced against each other. Obviously, it is utopian to believe that one generation is able to hand the world over to the next one in the current state, because the world is changing every day. However, we should indeed make an effort to make sure that future generations at least have the same opportunities from the beginning, when it comes to organizing their lives and creating acceptable living conditions. Practically, intergenerational justice has two dimensions: The financial dimension is very important, especially regarding the consolidation of national budgets. The other dimension is an environmental conflict between the generations which is emphasized through topics like the handling of nuclear waste and carbon dioxide."


Further information about our new ambassadors can be found here.

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6) The 44th St. Gallen Symposium: "The Clash of Civilizations"

06_12_13_st_gallen_symposiumThe 44th St. Gallen Symposium "The Clash of Civilizations" will take place between 6.-9.of May 2014. More information about the symposium can be found on the official website.

In line with the symposium a competition for academic articles was announced. The prize money will be 20 000 € (divided on the three winners). Further information regarding the competition can be found here.


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7) Report of the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations

07_12_13_martin_schoolIn October 2013, the Oxford Martin Commission published the "Now for Long Term" Report, in which they urge today’s decision-makers "to overcome their daily pressing preoccupations" and "to tackle problems that will determine the lives of today’s and tomorrow’s generations". Therefore, the Commission maps the main challenges that are to be faced in areas such as society, resources, health, geopolitics and governance, for instance: how can growth and development be more sustainable and inclusive? How can food, energy, water and biodiversity be made more secure?

It then reports on successful as well as on failed measures that were taken until now to respond these challenges. In regard to these concrete experiences, the report identifies five shaping factors that make positive change tricky: (1) institutions, (2) time, (3) political engagement and public trust, (4) growing complexity and (5) cultural biases. Considering this difficulties, it proposes 5 measures to tackle global challenges: (1) partnerships between governments, firms and individuals in order to find creative solutions, (2) renewal of institutions in order to be more adapted to actual challenges, (3) revaluation of the future and emphasis on long-term action, (4) giving younger generations the possibility of shaping today tomorrow’s policies, reinforce dialogue and shared values between all actors.

Key messages of the report were already discussed in the United-States where its originality and relevance were particularly appreciated. Former general Director of the WTO Pascal Lamy as well as Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen are part of the Oxford Martin Commission.

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8) Future Generations in the UN

08_12_13_unThe report from the UN Secretary-General, "Intergenerational Solidarity and the Needs of Future Generations" is out. The full report can be found here.

A high number of the Major Groups and many civil society organisations, with the support of numerous Member States, called for the establishment of a UN High Commissioner for Future Generations.

In the course of the Rio+20 process this proposal morphed into a High Level Representative for Sustainable Development and Future Generations. Unfortunately this was dropped in the final hours of negotiations and instead we have been looking towards the report on intergenerational solidarity and future generations (para 86 of ‘The Future We Want’) as a key tool to ensure that intergenerational equity becomes an integral part of UN policy-making processes.

Further information can be found here.

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9) Important events for the FRFG

09_12_13_srzg_logoAt November 7th 2013, the FRFG-ambassador Martin Speer participated in the Maybrit Illner talk with the topic "Koalition der Wohltäter – Wer bezahlt die teuren Renten-Pläne?". The complete broadcast can be seen at Youtube.

At November 18th, the final event of the academic year "Die demografische Chance" took place in the former plenary hall of the German Parliament. During the event, the results of the political simulation "Parlament der Generationen" were presented as well.

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With best regards,
The Editors

Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations
(Stiftung fuer die Rechte zukuenftiger Generationen)
Mannsperger Str. 29
D-70619 Stuttgart

Tel: +49-(0) 711 – 28 05 27 77
Fax: +49-(0) 3212 – 28 05 27 7
E-Mail: kontakt(at)srzg.de
Homepage: www.intergenerationaljustice.org & www.srzg.de

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Board:
Bernhard Winkler
Dr. Bettina Munimus
Wolfgang Gründinger
Adrian Schell (head of board)

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Office Manager:
Igor Dimitrijoski

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Copyright (c) 2013 FRFG


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Newsletter for Intergenerational Justice – 03/2013
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1) LEGISLATIVE PRIZE 2013 FOR INTERGENERATIONALLY JUST LAWS

2) DEMOGRAPHY PRIZE 2012/13 ON "YOUTH QUOTAS"

3) INTERGENERATIONAL ARTWORK IN THE PARLIAMENT OF BADEN-WÜRTTEMBURG

4) NGO AIMS TO STOP DESERTIFICATION

5) EUROPEAN COMMISSION PROPOSES REGULATION FOR YOUTH EMPLOYMENT INITIATIVE

6) EU YOUTH CONFERENCE IN DUBLIN

7) LAST BUT NOT LEAST


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1) LEGISLATIVE PRIZE 2013 FOR INTERGENERATIONALLY JUST LAWS

201303_01_englIn addition to the Intergenerational Justice Award and the Demography Prize last year the FRFG established the Legislative Prize for Generationally Just Laws. The Legislative Prize will be awarded for the first time at the end of the 2013 legislative period. The FRFG has provided the jury with dossiers of the recommended laws and legislative initiatives. With the help of an evaluation sheet, the jury will evaluate the recommended laws and select a winner. In summer 2013 the prize will be awarded. The FRFG hopes to be able to confirm the President of the German Bundestag as the prize recipient.

For further information about the Legislative Prize: www.intergenerationaljustice.org > Awards > Legislative Prize for Generationally Just Laws

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2) DEMOGRAPHY PRIZE 2012/13 ON "YOUTH QUOTAS"

201303_02_englThe deadline for the Demography Prize 2013, dedicated to the question "Youth Quotas – The Answer to Changes in Age Demographics?", has been extended until July 1, 2013. We encourage you to make interested people aware of the prize. Thanks to cooperation with the Intergenerational Foundation in London, the prize is also open to the English-speaking world. Essays can be submitted in either German or English. The prizes for the competition will be awarded at an academic symposium on "Youth Quotas" on October 26, 2013.Numerous academics have accepted the FRFG’s invitation to take part in the symposium. Funding applications have been submitted in order to secure funding for the symposium.

For further information about the Demography Prize: www.intergenerationaljustice.org > Awards > Demography Prize 2012/13

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3) INTERGENERATIONAL ARTWORK IN THE PARLIAMENT OF BADEN-WÜRTTEMBURG

201303_03.englIn cooperation with the department of Intergenerationally Just Policies at the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, the FRFG has begun work on an intergenerational artwork in the Parliament of Baden-Württemberg. The artwork will be named “Die zukünftigen Baden-Württemberger/innen” – "The Future Citizens of Baden-Württemberg". The idea is to create an artwork at the center of power in the Parliament of Baden-Württemberg to remind politicians of their responsibility to future generations. Since the creation of the piece will be part of the "Artwork on Construction" scheme, financing is secured. €100.000 has been guarenteed by t. With the renovation of the Parliament of Baden-Württemberg starting this year, it is hoped that the artwork will be finished by 2014-2016. During a meeting with Guido Wolf, President of the Parliament, on February 28, 2013andduring a further such meeting with the art-commission, details about the timetable of the art competition were discussed. The FRFG, represented by adviser Meister-Scheufelen, will play a decisive role in the jury of the competition.

Read more about the artwork project: http://www.intergenerationaljustice.org > Themes > Artwork

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4) NGO AIMS TO STOP DESERTIFICATION

20130522_dustIn March the Future Forest project starts in the Kubuchi Desert, Inner Mongolia, to stop the expansion of the desert. Kwon Byung-Hyun, president of Future Forest, leads the project, which employs students from Korea, who are work as volunteers. Dust storms cause sand to travel not only to China but also to Korea. Moreover, the Kubuchi Desert expands every year because rainfall decreases and because poor farmers cut down trees for firewood. Future Forest, which has its headquarters in Korea and China, fights against the process of desertification, which is a result of climate change. The NGO considers desertification as "the most urgent threat human civilization faces". Therefore Kwon and the students plant trees and bushes to help prevent it. In doing so, they try to make the planet a better place for future generations. 

Read about the project in the Kubuchi Desert: http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/14901-leading-climate-fight-defense-could-preserve-and-protect-rather-than-kill-and-destroy

For further information about FutureForest: http://www.futureforest.org/eng/page/main/index.asp

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5) EUROPEAN COMMISSION PROPOSES REGULATION FOR YOUTH EMPLOYMENT INITIATIVE

20130522_barossoOn February 7/8, 2013, the European Council initiated a Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) to tackle youth unemployment. From 2014 to 2020, about € 6bn would be provided. The initiative is intended to help young people who neither have an apprenticeship, training position nor employment.

Above all, young people who live in regions in which the youth unemployment rate is 25% or more in 2012 would be supported and integrated in the job market. In addition to the Youth Employment Initiative, other national projects which are funded by European Social Fund (ESF) could be linked to the YEI.

A Youth Guarantee would assure school leavers or those young people who lose their job an appropriate new job, training position, educational placement or internship within four months. 

Read about the proposal for YEI: http://ec.europa.eu/social/BlobServlet?docId=9788&langId=en

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6) EU YOUTH CONFERENCE IN DUBLIN

20130522_euFrom March 11-12, 2013, the EU Youth Conference "Social inclusion of young people in the EU" took place in Dublin. 150 young people and 100 Ministry officials from 27 EU Member States discussed the findings of an EU-wide consultation with 11,000 young people on the topic of social inclusion of young people. The results of this consultation and the conference show that young people consider that there is an urgent need for action on the following topics: Employment; education; participation; welfare; support; youth organisations; and quality of youth work. The joint conclusions will be presented for adoption by Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister of Children and Youth Affairs, to the Council of Youth Ministers in Brussels in May.
The conference is part of the European Commission’s Structured Dialogue process which brings together young people and policy-makers to discuss issues of youth policy and to guarantee that the opinion and the concerns of young people are taken into account in active policy-making.

For further information about the conference and its conclusions:
http://www.dcya.gov.ie/viewdoc.asp?fn=/eu-presidency-2013/EU-Youth-Presidency-Events.html

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All newsletters are available on our homepage: www.intergenerationaljustice.org > Press > Newsletter

If you want to unsubscribe this newsletter, please send an e-mail to
kontakt(at)srzg.de or unsubscribe directly on our homepage.
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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)
Mannsperger Str. 29
D-70619 Stuttgart

Tel: +49-(0) 711 – 28 05 27 77
Fax: +49-(0) 3212 – 28 05 27 7
E-Mail: kontakt(at)srzg.de
Homepage: www.intergenerationaljustice.org & www.srzg.de

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Board:
Bernhard Winkler
Dr. Bettina Munimus
Wolfgang Gründinger
Adrian Schell (head of board)

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Office Manager:
Igor Dimitrijoski

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Copyright (c) 2013 FRFG


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