18 March 2024 — It’s that time again: the third episode of the Inter­gen­er­a­tional Fair­ness Day Pod­cast is avail­able online! Since the first Inter­gen­er­a­tional Fair­ness Day on 16 Novem­ber 2023, host and FRFG project man­ag­er Lena Winz­er has been releas­ing a new episode of the Eng­lish FRFG pod­cast every two months. In line with the cur­rent IGJR dou­ble issue of 2023, the dis­cus­sion will cen­tre around a whole new aspect of inter­gen­er­a­tional (un)fairness and long-term con­se­quences: “Young Car­ers.” Once again, Lena has invit­ed some very inter­est­ing and high-pro­file guests for this episode. Among them are Krista Cartlidge, CEO of MYTIME Young Car­ers from the Unit­ed King­dom, Ben­jamin Salz­mann from the Young Car­er Cen­ter Wind­schat­ten Berlin, Tris­tan Steck­er from the Steer­ing Group for Young Car­ers of the Ger­man Pro­fes­sion­al Asso­ci­a­tion for Nurs­ing Pro­fes­sions from Ger­many, and FRFG head and speak­er of the board Luise Roither. The dis­cus­sion includes top­ics such as the effects of care­giv­ing on phys­i­cal, emo­tion­al, social, and aca­d­e­m­ic well-being, as well as approach­es that affect the entire family.

All pod­cast episodes are avail­able online. In the first episode, “Intro­duc­ing Inter­gen­er­a­tional Fair­ness: A Glob­al Move­ment,” Lena intro­duced the top­ic of inter­gen­er­a­tional jus­tice, the action day, and the IFD part­ner organ­i­sa­tions. In the sec­ond episode, she invit­ed the FRFG to a dis­cus­sion on long-term think­ing and the work of this NGO. The top­ics of this episode includ­ed inter­gen­er­a­tional jus­tice, Walk­shops, the Inter­gen­er­a­tional Jus­tice Review, and the path to a just world for all generations.

 

26 Jan­u­ary 2024 — On Sep­tem­ber 22nd and 23rd, 2024, the first UN Sum­mit of the Future will take place. The sum­mit is a high-lev­el event where lead­ers from around the world come togeth­er to forge a new inter­na­tion­al con­sen­sus for a bet­ter future. On the one hand, the sum­mit aims to accel­er­ate efforts to meet our exist­ing inter­na­tion­al com­mit­ments, such as the Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals, and on the oth­er hand, it is about tak­ing con­crete steps to respond to emerg­ing chal­lenges and opportunities.

The pro­pos­al for a Sum­mit of the Future orig­i­nat­ed in the “Our Com­mon Agen­da Report”, a response by the UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­er­al to a call from Mem­ber States for ideas on how bet­ter to respond to cur­rent and future chal­lenges. The report called for a renew­al of trust and sol­i­dar­i­ty at all lev­els – between peo­ples, coun­tries, and gen­er­a­tions. It advo­cat­ed for a fun­da­men­tal over­haul of our polit­i­cal, eco­nom­ic, and social sys­tems to make them more just and effec­tive for all gen­er­a­tions. The report also rec­om­mend­ed a cor­re­spond­ing renew­al of the mul­ti­lat­er­al sys­tem, with the Sum­mit of the Future seen as a cru­cial moment to agree on the nec­es­sary improve­ments through a Pact for the Future. The over­ar­ch­ing pur­pose of the sum­mit and the pact is to reaf­firm the UN Char­ter, strength­en mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism, pro­mote the imple­men­ta­tion of exist­ing com­mit­ments, agree on solu­tions to new chal­lenges, and restore trust.

The Sum­mit of the Future rep­re­sents a unique oppor­tu­ni­ty to restore erod­ed trust and demon­strate that inter­na­tion­al coop­er­a­tion can effec­tive­ly address cur­rent chal­lenges. How­ev­er, we believe a one-time sum­mit will not be enough to imple­ment long-term deci­sion-mak­ing effec­tive­ly. We need a clear com­mit­ment to inter­gen­er­a­tional fair­ness to come togeth­er reg­u­lar­ly to reassess progress and poli­cies and con­sis­tent­ly pro­pose changes. Ger­many is one of the co-facil­i­ta­tors of the sum­mit. There­fore, we have approached the Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the Fed­er­al Repub­lic of Ger­many to the Unit­ed Nations in New York. We urge joint advo­ca­cy for an annu­al “Inter­gen­er­a­tional Fair­ness Day” as an offi­cial UN day to think about future gen­er­a­tions and reaf­firm our com­mit­ments to them. The UN has already pro­claimed var­i­ous sim­i­lar days (e.g., World Children’s Day, Human Rights Day, Inter­na­tion­al Women’s Day, World Water Day, etc.). An “Inter­gen­er­a­tional Fair­ness Day” is a gap that needs to be filled in light of the Sum­mit of the Future.
In Jan­u­ary 2023, the FRFG had the idea that an Inter­na­tion­al Day of Action could serve the impor­tant func­tion of rais­ing aware­ness about future gen­er­a­tions. This “Inter­gen­er­a­tional Fair­ness Day” should be offi­cial­ly recog­nised as a UN hol­i­day. Now – a year lat­er, it is not just us, but a whole net­work of non-gov­ern­men­tal organ­i­sa­tions advo­cat­ing for the pro­tec­tion of the rights of suc­ceed­ing gen­er­a­tions. To learn more about the “Inter­gen­er­a­tional Fair­ness Day”, you can find our oth­er con­tri­bu­tions to the IFD below and our pod­cast on the project here. Fol­low us on Insta­gram @gengerecht and @intergenerationalfairnessday!

 

16 Jan­u­ary 2024 — Even though the first Inter­gen­er­a­tional Fair­ness Day has already passed, we are pleased to say that we will con­tin­ue to pro­vide you with inter­na­tion­al con­tent on the top­ic of inter­gen­er­a­tional jus­tice. To bridge the time until the sec­ond Inter­gen­er­a­tional Fair­ness Day, we are going to release a new episode of our Inter­gen­er­a­tional Fair­ness Day Pod­cast every two months on one spe­cif­ic top­ic of inter­gen­er­a­tional jus­tice. On Jan­u­ary 16th, it’s time again: the sec­ond episode on “Longterm Think­ing with the Foun­da­tion for the Rights of Future Gen­er­a­tions” will be avail­able online!

In the first episode, our project man­ag­er and host, Lena Winz­er, intro­duced the top­ic of inter­gen­er­a­tional jus­tice, the day itself, and our part­ner organ­i­sa­tions in “Intro­duc­ing Inter­gen­er­a­tional Fair­ness: A Glob­al Move­ment.” If you haven’t lis­tened to the episode yet, you can do so here. In the sec­ond episode, the FRFG joins Lena in a con­ver­sa­tion about Longterm Think­ing and the work of FRFG. Join­ing the dis­cus­sion is sci­en­tif­ic direc­tor Jörg Trem­mel, head of the board Carl-Georg Luft, board mem­ber Grace Clover, as well as ambas­sadors Mile­na Weber and Jonas Hohen­forst. Join us as we dis­cuss the Inter­gen­er­a­tional Jus­tice Prize, Walk­shops, the Inter­gen­er­a­tional Jus­tice Reviews and of course, the road to an inter­gen­er­a­tional­ly just world itself.

To read more about the Inter­gen­er­a­tional Fair­ness Day, click the link here. Fol­low us on Insta­gram @gengerecht and @intergenerationalfairnessday, and to learn more about the oth­er organ­i­sa­tions of the Inter­gen­er­a­tional Fair­ness Day, sim­ply vis­it their respec­tive web­sites linked below and keep an eye on their social media!

 

16 Novem­ber 2023 — We are excit­ed to announce that today is the first world­wide Inter­gen­er­a­tional Fair­ness Day and excit­ing things are com­ing your way! Go to your favourite pod­cast­ing plat­form and lis­ten to the first episode of the Inter­gen­er­a­tional Fair­ness Day Pod­cast – Intro­duc­ing Inter­gen­er­a­tional Fair­ness: A Glob­al Move­ment. Next to the Pod­cast, the organ­i­sa­tions have also col­lab­o­rat­ed on a world­wide blog week, which the Inter­gen­er­a­tional Foun­da­tion has coor­di­nat­ed and will host in the week fol­low­ing 16 Novem­ber on their web­site. There are around 15 arti­cles to look out for, which will be shared over the course of the week, includ­ing an arti­cle by the FRFG, on the top­ic of inter­gen­er­a­tional fairness.

On a more nation­al lev­el, our part­ner organ­i­sa­tions also have excit­ing things planned for this year’s Inter­gen­er­a­tional Fair­ness Day, that you should look out for. The Next Gen­er­a­tion Fel­lows have cre­at­ed an Instagram/X cam­paign, with inspi­ra­tional videos and quotes, con­tributed by young peo­ple from the Glob­al South, on why inter­gen­er­a­tional fair­ness mat­ters, which can be found @OurFutureAgenda. The Part­ner­ship for Future Gen­er­a­tions in Africa will send let­ters to African heads of state to demand more inter­gen­er­a­tional fair­ness in gov­ern­ment decision-making.

The Berke­ley Insti­tute for Young Amer­i­cans will also launch a social media cam­paign in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the @intergenerationalfairnessday Insta­gram account and the oth­er organ­i­sa­tions. They also plan to write an Op-ed for a US news outlet.Generation Squeeze from Cana­da have been active about the day on their web­site, but they are also plan­ning some local activ­i­ties. They are host­ing a media event at the nation­al press the­atre on Par­lia­ment Hill in Ottawa on the 16th, are plan­ning to attend sev­er­al meet­ings with fed­er­al politi­cians over the week and their com­mu­ni­ty net­work is call­ing for a nation­al Gen­er­a­tional Fair­ness Task Force. Think For­ward in Aus­tralia will be meet­ing with polit­i­cans in Can­ber­ra on 14 Novem­ber and youth peak groups on 15 Novem­ber, while also launch­ing a report on young people’s per­spec­tives on tax reform, high­light­ing inter­gen­er­a­tional fair­ness on 16 November.

To find out more about the organ­i­sa­tions just find the links at the bot­tom of the page and keep an eye out on their social media! Don’t for­get to fol­low us on Insta­gram @intergenerationalfairnessday!

 

On 16 Novem­ber 2023, the Foun­da­tion for the Rights of Future Gen­er­a­tions, along with eight oth­er organ­i­sa­tions from Eng­land, the USA, Cana­da, Aus­tralia, the Nether­lands, Japan, Nige­ria, and a UN Foun­da­tion ini­tia­tive, will pro­claim the “Inter­gen­er­a­tional Fair­ness Day.” On that day, the FRFG has planned to release the “Inter­gen­er­a­tional Fair­ness Day Pod­cast.” This pod­cast will fea­ture dis­cus­sions with FRFG project man­ag­er, Lena Winz­er, and part­ner organ­i­sa­tions on top­ics relat­ed to inter­gen­er­a­tional fair­ness. The trail­er and the first episode of the pod­cast, titled “Intro­duc­ing Inter­gen­er­a­tional Fair­ness: A Glob­al Move­ment,” will intro­duce the day and the par­tic­i­pat­ing organ­i­sa­tions. The sub­se­quent episodes will be released month­ly, and in Sea­son 2, Lena will invite part­ner organ­i­sa­tions to dis­cuss spe­cif­ic top­ics relat­ed to inter­gen­er­a­tional fair­ness, their activ­i­ties, and their visions for these issues in more detail. You can join the con­ver­sa­tion on 16 Novem­ber by lis­ten­ing to the pod­cast here and by fol­low­ing the Insta­gram account @intergenerationalfairnessday.

 

A world­wide day of action has been pro­claimed by an inter­na­tion­al net­work of non-par­ti­san organ­i­sa­tions that exist to pro­tect the rights of younger and future gen­er­a­tions. In ear­ly 2023, the FRFG pro­posed the idea of cre­at­ing an inter­na­tion­al day of action for inter­gen­er­a­tional jus­tice. The objec­tive was to raise aware­ness for future gen­er­a­tions and cre­ate an offi­cial UN hol­i­day. The UN has already estab­lished var­i­ous sim­i­lar days, like World Children’s Day, Human Rights Day, Inter­na­tion­al Women’s Day, World Water Day, etc. How­ev­er, there was still a gap that need­ed to be filled, and that was a day ded­i­cat­ed to inter­gen­er­a­tional justice.
16 Novem­ber 2023 will see organ­i­sa­tions from Ger­many, the Unit­ed King­dom, the Unit­ed States, Cana­da, the Nether­lands, Japan, Nige­ria, Aus­tralia, and the UN Foun­da­tion, come togeth­er to call for greater inter­gen­er­a­tional fair­ness so that the inter­ests of younger and future gen­er­a­tions are bet­ter pro­tect­ed both nation­al­ly and internationally.
Accel­er­at­ing glob­al warm­ing, esca­lat­ing (nuclear) arms races, the loss of bio­di­ver­si­ty, unaligned arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence, and human-made pan­demics are just some of the new risks expe­ri­enced by today’s youth and future gen­er­a­tions that lack ade­quate gov­ern­ment intervention.
With­in exist­ing pub­lic pol­i­cy, rapid­ly grow­ing nation­al debts, the cost-of-liv­ing cri­sis, high hous­ing costs, and erod­ing pen­sions, are some of the pol­i­cy areas where young peo­ple are los­ing out.
In a nut­shell, in too many areas of life, soci­ety is act­ing at the expense of young peo­ple and future gen­er­a­tions. A joint and inten­sive effort to secure the exis­tence of human­i­ty beyond the next decades is required.
The organ­is­ers argue that many of these prob­lems are not just nation­al, but glob­al. While the spe­cif­ic con­text may dif­fer from coun­try to coun­try, the gen­er­al trend is that gov­ern­ments world­wide focus on solv­ing short-term prob­lems with lit­tle regard to long-term sus­tain­abil­i­ty, whether it be nat­ur­al resources, gov­ern­ment spend­ing or invest­ment in the futures of younger and future generations.
Inter­gen­er­a­tional Fair­ness Day wants to encour­age peo­ple to think about this essen­tial top­ic and to draw atten­tion to its impor­tance. Gov­ern­ment deci­sion-mak­ers must be remind­ed of their respon­si­bil­i­ty towards future gen­er­a­tions and work togeth­er to cre­ate a future that is fair and sus­tain­able for all generations.

Inter­gen­er­a­tional Foun­da­tion: https://www.if.org.uk
Berke­ley Insti­tute for Young Amer­i­cans: https://youngamericans.berkeley.edu
Mil­lion­gener­a­tions: https://www.milliongenerations.org/index.php?title=Main_Page
Gen­er­a­tion Squeeze: https://www.gensqueeze.ca
Think For­ward: https://www.thinkforward.org.au
Part­ner­ship for Future Gen­er­a­tions in Africa: https://ourfutureagenda.org/2023/02/partnership-for-future-generations-in-africa/
Next Gen­er­a­tion Fel­lows: https://ourfutureagenda.org/nextgenerationfellows/
Future Design: https://www.ri-futuredesign.com