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Newslet­ter for Inter­gen­er­a­tional Jus­tice – 11/2012
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1.) Sym­po­sium and award of the 6th Inter­gen­er­a­tional Jus­tice Award

2.) Leg­isla­tive Prize: Gen­er­a­tional­ly just laws want­ed

3.) Uproar over the ombuds­man for future gen­er­a­tions in Hun­gary

4.) UK Uni­ver­si­ties: Is online pos­si­ble?

5.) David Wil­letts: Deci­sion mak­ers need bet­ter access to research

6.) Last but Not Least…

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1.) SYMPOSIUM AND AWARD OF THE 6th INTERGENERATIONAL JUSTICE AWARD

On the 3 Novem­ber, the 6th Inter­gen­er­a­tional Jus­tice Award – endowed with a prize fund of 10,000 Euros – was award­ed as part of a sym­po­sium in Stuttgart. The theme of the sym­po­sium was “The debt brake — Eval­u­a­tion in the nation­al and inter­na­tion­al con­text”. After the two win­ning essay­ists, Heiko Bur­ret and Lea Grohmann, received their awards, two work­shops were con­vened with the prize win­ners. Dur­ing these work­shops, the the­ses put for­ward in their win­ning essays were dis­cussed in detail.

The idea of a Gen­er­a­tional Jus­tice Award orig­i­nat­ed from the Stiftung Apfel­baum, which also pro­vides the mon­ey for the award’s prize fund.

Read the full report: www.intergenerationaljustice.org > Sym­posia > Sym­po­sium 2012

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2.) LEGISLATIVE PRIZE: GENERATIONALLY JUST LAWS WANTED

At the end of every leg­isla­tive peri­od in Ger­many, the FRFG awards a non-remu­ner­at­ed prize for a praise­wor­thy law or a com­mend­able leg­isla­tive ini­tia­tive that either removes a present injus­tice that affects future gen­er­a­tions or pro­tects future gen­er­a­tions from future injus­tices. Since gen­er­a­tional jus­tice is an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary theme and affects var­i­ous areas such as finance, soci­ol­o­gy, edu­ca­tion, ecol­o­gy and Europe, we are search­ing for your input. Which law or leg­isla­tive ini­tia­tive from the recent past do you regard as praise­wor­thy? Send us your can­di­dates for an out­stand­ing law or leg­isla­tive ini­tia­tive with a short jus­ti­fi­ca­tion to kontakt(at)srzg.de by 30 Novem­ber 2012 at the lat­est.

The jury will deter­mine the win­ner. Mem­bers of the jury:

Dr. Maja Göpel (Direc­tor of Future Jus­tice, World Future Coun­cil)
Prof. Dr. Dr. Franz Josef Rader­ma­ch­er (FRFG Sci­en­tif­ic Advi­so­ry Board)
Prof. Dr. Ute Mager (Cen­ter for Sus­tain­able Research, Uni­ver­si­ty of Hei­del­berg)
Prof. Dr. Miran­da Schreurs (Direc­tor of the Envi­ron­men­tal Pol­i­cy Research Insti­tute at the Freie Uni­ver­sität Berlin)
Dr. Bet­ti­na Munimus (FRFG Exec­u­tive Board)

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

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3.) UPROAR OVER THE OMBUDSMAN FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS IN HUNGARY

In 2010, a coali­tion com­prised of Fidesz and KDNP won a two-thirds major­i­ty in the Hun­gar­i­an par­lia­men­tary elec­tions. Since then, the right-wing pop­ulist gov­ern­ment of Vik­tor Orbán has under­mined the author­i­ty of the ombuds­man. More­over, a law has been passed which abol­ish­es the cur­rent arrange­ments and reduces the role of the ombuds­man to a deputy with sig­nif­i­cant­ly less pow­er and com­pe­ten­cies. In an act of protest, the cur­rent Ombus­man, Sán­dor Fülöp, has resigned. He holds the reduc­tion of the ombudsman’s com­pe­ten­cies to be uncon­sti­tu­tion­al. The new incum­bent, law pro­fes­sor Mar­cell Szabó, was elect­ed by the Par­lia­ment in Sep­tem­ber 2012.

Fülöp (pho­to) had been espe­cial­ly active in pro­mot­ing pro­gres­sive envi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tion. Future gen­er­a­tions in Hun­gary join him in protest.

Press releas­es of the Office of the Par­lia­men­tary Com­mis­sion­er:
https://jno.hu/en/?&menu=news&doc=pr-110621
https://jno.hu/en/?&menu=news&doc=pr-110425

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4.) UK UNIVERSTIEIS: IS ONLINE POSSIBLE?

With young peo­ple in the UK fac­ing ever high­er tuition fees if they choose to go to uni­ver­si­ty, David King­man from the Inter­gen­er­a­tional Foun­da­tion explores the pos­si­bil­i­ty that uni­ver­si­ty edu­ca­tion may take place online in the future. His blog spec­u­lates that uni­ver­si­ty edu­ca­tion going online could reduce the cost of get­ting a degree sig­nif­i­cant­ly; help­ing those who cur­rent­ly strug­gle to fund their stud­ies get into high­er edu­ca­tion. Imple­men­ta­tion, how­ev­er, will be depen­dent upon the will of uni­ver­si­ties to make it more acces­si­ble.
Read the full blog entry: https://www.if.org.uk/archives/2885/university-funding-could-virtual-courses-be-the-answer

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5.) DAVID WILLETTS: DECISION MAKERS NEED BETTER ACCESS TO RESEARCH

In a recent arti­cle in the Guardian, David Wil­letts, author of the book “The Pinch: how the baby­boomers took their children’s future and why they should give it back”, lament­ed the wide chasm between the out­put of the aca­d­e­m­ic world and the mak­ing of pub­lic pol­i­cy. A cou­ple of years after the pub­li­ca­tion of his book – which attempt­ed to frame the inter­gen­er­a­tional debate in the UK by using many con­cepts and mod­els bor­rowed from schol­ar­ly cir­cles – Wil­letts prais­es the Soci­ety Cen­tral ini­tia­tive at Essex Uni­ver­si­ty, which aims to close the gap between aca­d­e­mics and pol­i­cy mak­ers. But he warns that there is still a prob­lem with the com­mu­ni­ca­tion of the most up-to-date research results.

David Willet’s arti­cle: www.guardian.co.uk/higher-education-network/blog/2012/oct/22/evidence-based-policy-david-willetts
Soci­ety Cen­tral: www.societycentral.ac.uk

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6.) LAST BUT NOT LEAST.…

Please let us know of peo­ple who are inter­est­ed in the top­ic Inter­gen­er­a­tional Jus¬tice. 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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Foun­da­tion for the Rights of Future Gen­er­a­tions
(Stiftung fuer die Rechte zukuen­ftiger Gen­er­a­tio­nen)
Mannsperg­er­str. 29
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Tel: +49-(0) 711 – 28 05 27 77
Fax: +49-(0) 3212 – 28 05 27 7
E-Mail: kontakt@srzg.de
Home­page: www.intergenerationaljustice.org

Board of Direc­tors:
Danyal Bayaz
Wolf­gang Gru­endinger
Adri­an Schell (Chair)
Dr. Bet­ti­na Munimus

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Newslet­ter for Inter­gen­er­a­tional Jus­tice – 07/2012
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1.) Inter­gen­er­a­tional Jus­tice Award 2011/12: The Results

2.) Top­ic Announce­ment for the Demog­ra­phy Prize 2012/13

3.) Leg­isla­tive Prize: Jury Announce­ment

4.) RIO+20 Con­fer­ence: Spe­cial Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Future Gen­er­a­tions

5.) Young US Cit­i­zens sue Their Gov­ern­ment

6.) French Pes­simism on the Well­be­ing of Future Gen­er­a­tions

7.) Youngest May­or in the World

8.) Meet­ings

9.) Last but Not Least…
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1.) INTERGENERATIONAL JUSTICE AWARD 2011/12: THE RESULTS

The names of the win­ning essay­ists of the Gen­er­a­tional Jus­tice Award – this year devot­ed to the effec­tive­ness of the Ger­man “debt brake” mod­el — can now be announced. In total, the FRFG received 13 sub­mis­sions. Dur­ing the meet­ing of the jury on the 12th of July, two win­ning essays were select­ed.

The first prize (€6,000) was award­ed to Heiko Bur­ret, doc­tor­al can­di­date at the Wal­ter Euck­en Insti­tut, for his essay “Die deutsche Schulden­bremse als Panazee? –Eine Analyse im his­torischen Kon­text” (The Ger­man Debt Brake as Panacea? – An Analy­sis in His­tor­i­cal Con­text). Lea Sophie Grohmann was award­ed sec­ond place (€4,000) for her sub­mis­sion “Gen­er­a­tio­nen­gerechte Finanzpoli­tik im Bun­desstaat – Ohne Aus­sicht auf Erfolg?“ (Gen­er­a­tional­ly Just Finan­cial Pol­i­cy at the Lev­el of the Fed­er­al State – No Prospect of Suc­cess?).

We con­grat­u­late the win­ners of the prize for their inno­v­a­tive con­tri­bu­tions. We send our com­mis­er­a­tions to essay­ists who missed out on the prize.

An award cer­e­mo­ny as well as a sym­po­sium – ded­i­cat­ed to the same top­ic as the prize — will take place on the 3rd of Novem­ber in the branch of the GLS Bank in Stuttgart.

The win­ning essays will be pub­lished short­ly on our web­site:
www.intergenerationaljustice.org> Awards > Inter­gen­er­a­tional Jus­tice Award 2011/2012

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2.)  TOPIC ANNOUNCMENT FOR THE DEMOGRAPHY PRIZE 2012/13

Thanks to the sup­port of the Stiftung Apfel­baum Foun­da­tion, a €10,000 prize fund will be award­ed to the essay­ists of the best papers we receive for the Demog­ra­phy Prize 2012/2013, which is devot­ed to the top­ic of youth quo­tas and their pos­si­ble effec­tive­ness in coun­ter­bal­anc­ing inter­gen­er­a­tional injus­tices in polit­i­cal bod­ies and insti­tu­tions. The award­ing con­sor­tium is com­posed of the FRFG and the Inter­gen­er­a­tional Foun­da­tion (IF), a Lon­don-based think tank.

The pro­mo­tion of youth quo­tas and youth rep­re­sen­ta­tion in deci­sion-mak­ing could ini­ti­ate an impor­tant soci­etal change. As organ­i­sa­tions whose mis­sion is to pro­mote jus­tice and fair­ness between gen­er­a­tions, IF and FRFG would like to gen­er­ate a fruit­ful debate in this area, with a focus on the empow­er­ment of young peo­ple in pol­i­tics and soci­ety. In the com­ing months a full call for papers will be pub­lished on the FRFG web­site and read­ers will be noti­fied in an upcom­ing newslet­ter. It will then be pos­si­ble to down­load the appli­ca­tion doc­u­ments nec­es­sary to make an entry.

Link to com­plete top­ic announce­ment:
www.intergenerationaljustice.org > Awards > Demog­ra­phy Prize 2012/2013
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3.) LEGISLATIVE PRIZE: JURY ANNOUNCEMENT

At the end of every leg­isla­tive peri­od in Ger­many the FRFG awards a non-remu­ner­at­ed prize for a praise­wor­thy law or a com­mend­able leg­isla­tive ini­tia­tive that either removes a present injus­tice that affects future gen­er­a­tions or pro­tects future gen­er­a­tions from future injus­tices. Since gen­er­a­tional jus­tice is an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary theme and affects var­i­ous areas such as finance, soci­ol­o­gy, edu­ca­tion, ecol­o­gy and Europe, we are search­ing for your input. Which law or leg­isla­tive ini­tia­tive from the recent past do you regard as praise­wor­thy? Send us your can­di­dates for an out­stand­ing law or leg­isla­tive ini­tia­tive with a short jus­ti­fi­ca­tion to kontakt@srzg.de.

We are pleased to be able to offi­cial­ly announce the names of the jury mem­bers for the prize:

Prof. Dr. Dr. Franz Josef Rader­ma­ch­er (FRFG Sci­en­tif­ic Advi­so­ry Board)
Dr. Maja Göpel (Direc­tor of Future Jus­tice, World Future Coun­cil)
Prof. Dr. Ute Mager (Cen­ter for Sus­tain­able Research, Uni­ver­si­ty of Hei­del­berg)
Prof. Dr. Miran­da Schreurs (Direc­tor of the Envi­ron­men­tal Pol­i­cy Research Insti­tute at the Freie Uni­ver­sität Berlin)
Danyal Bayaz (FRFG Exec­u­tive Board)

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

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4.) RIO+20 CONFERENCE: SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS

After a pause in excess of 20 years, a fur­ther UN con­fer­ence in Rio took place in July on sus­tain­able devel­op­ment. Above all, the con­fer­ence focused on the devel­op­ment of an eco­log­i­cal­ly-friend­ly approach to the world econ­o­my as well as the estab­lish­ment of the nec­es­sary insti­tu­tion­al frame­work for sus­tain­able devel­op­ment. The World Future Coun­cil, an organ­i­sa­tion that endeav­ors to bring future gen­er­a­tions to the cen­tre of pol­i­cy mak­ing, sub­mit­ted a pro­pos­al to estab­lish an office for an “Ombuds­man for Future Gen­er­a­tions” at the Unit­ed Nations.

In a side con­fer­ence, Gen­er­al-Sec­re­tary Ban Ki-Moon announced that it is his inten­tion to cre­ate the office of a Spe­cial Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Future Gen­er­a­tions in the future. The FRFG ful­ly sup­ports this ini­tia­tive and thanks the behind-the-scenes efforts of the lob­by­ists that made this vic­to­ry pos­si­ble.

Fur­ther details as well as the for­mal plan­ning are still unclear. The FRFG will keep you up-to-date on future devel­op­ments.

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5.) YOUNG US CITIZENS SUE THEIR GOVERNMENT

Sev­en young Amer­i­cans have brought action against their own gov­ern­ment. The courts will be asked to com­pel the gov­ern­ment to ful­fil its oblig­a­tion to pro­tect the envi­ron­ment. They hold the atmos­phere to be a pub­lic good and there­fore some­thing that must be pro­tect­ed by the US state. The young peo­ple involved in the case are not yet old enough to vote, but are old enough to stand up for their rights in court.

Full report in The Atlantic:
https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/05/an-inconvenient-lawsuit-teenagers-take-global-warming-to-the-courts/256903/

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6.) FRENCH PESSIMISM ON THE WELLBEING OF FUTURE GENERATIONS

An inter­na­tion­al pub­lic opin­ion poll recent­ly pub­lished by the Inter­na­tion­al Trade Union Con­fed­er­a­tion (ITUC) shows that of the 13 coun­tries inves­ti­gat­ed, only cit­i­zens in Brazil, Bel­gium and India believe that future gen­er­a­tions will be bet­ter off than today’s gen­er­a­tion. 66% of respon­dents from all coun­tries believe that future gen­er­a­tions will be worse off, while only 27% believe they will be bet­ter off. Accord­ing to the sur­vey, the French have the most pes­simistic out­look, with 93% of respon­dents feel­ing that future gen­er­a­tions will be dis­ad­van­taged. The find­ings rep­re­sent the opin­ions of over 1.4 bil­lion peo­ple.

The full study is avail­able on the ITUC’s web­site:
https://www.ituc-csi.org/IMG/pdf/120604_-_ituc_poll.pdf

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7.) YOUNGEST MAYOR IN THE WORLD

Bashaer Oth­man, a 15-year-old Pales­tin­ian girl, has become the youngest ever may­or of a town in the West Bank. Although her employ­ment is only tem­po­rary (two months), she will be respon­si­ble for sign­ing offi­cial doc­u­ments and super­vis­ing munic­i­pal employ­ees. After her time as may­or ends, she hopes to share her expe­ri­ence of run­ning state insti­tu­tions with oth­er young peo­ple.  Sufi­an Sha­did, the elect­ed may­or of the town and sup­port­er of the scheme, hopes that her appoint­ment will help to sup­port youth in the future. If suc­cess­ful, the ini­tia­tive could be repli­cat­ed in oth­er parts of the world.

Report from Al Bawa­ba:
https://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/mayor-palestine-girl-433134

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8.) MEETINGS

4th Sep­tem­ber: “The increas­ing need of care, the finan­cial cri­sis and envi­ron­men­tal dam­age: gen­er­a­tional ego­ism at the cost of the next gen­er­a­tion? Ways to achieve gen­er­a­tional­ly just poli­cies.”  With FRFG spokesman Wolf­gang Gründinger. Berlin.

10th Sep­tem­ber: “Cli­mate Week”. A pan­el dis­cus­sion with an FRFG rep­re­sen­ta­tive. Biele­feld.

12th Sep­tem­ber: “YOUMARES Con­fer­ence” of young oceanog­ra­phers. Keynote speech from a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the FRFG. Lübeck.

18th Sep­tem­ber: Book intro­duc­tion of “Wir Zukun­ftssuch­er” (Searchers of the Future) at the Har­bor Front Fes­ti­val with Wolf­gang Gründinger. Ham­burg.

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9.) LAST BUT NOT LEAST.…

Please let us know of peo­ple who are inter­est­ed in the top­ic Inter­gen­er­a­tional Jus¬tice. 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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With best regards,
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Foun­da­tion for the Rights of Future Gen­er­a­tions
(Stiftung fuer die Rechte zukuen­ftiger Gen­er­a­tio­nen)
Mannsperg­er­str. 29
D- 70619 Stuttgart
Tel: +49-(0) 711 – 28 05 27 77
Fax: +49-(0) 3212 – 28 05 27 7
E-Mail: kontakt@srzg.de
Home­page: www.intergenerationaljustice.org

Board of Direc­tors:
Danyal Bayaz
Wolf­gang Gru­endinger
Adri­an Schell (Chair)

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Newslet­ter for Inter­gen­er­a­tional Jus­tice – 05/2012
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1.) Inter­gen­er­a­tional Jus­tice Review 2012

2.) 6th Inter­gen­er­a­tional Jus­tice Award Cer­e­mo­ny and Sym­po­sium

3.) James Wil­helm on the BBC World Ser­vice

4.) UN Report: Human Devel­op­ment in Africa requires Empow­er­ment

5.) Ban Ki-moon: Grasp the “Gen­er­a­tional Oppor­tu­ni­ty” at Rio+20

6.) Meet­ings

7.) Last but Not Least…

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1.) INTERGENERATIONAL JUSTICE REVIEW 2012

igjr_2012_cover_kleinThe 2012 edi­tion of FRFG’s flag­ship peer-reviewed jour­nal, proud­ly pro­duced in coop­er­a­tion with our UK part­ner, The Inter­gen­er­a­tional Foun­da­tion (IF), is now avail­able. It con­tains a range of arti­cles that attempt to bridge the gap between the demands of social, inter­na­tion­al and inter­gen­er­a­tional jus­tice, with a strong focus on impli­ca­tions for pol­i­cy. Authors tack­le the the­o­ret­i­cal chal­lenge of com­bin­ing intra- and inter­gen­er­a­tional jus­tice and seek to inves­ti­gate how the inter­de­pen­den­cies inter­sect in numer­ous case-spe­cif­ic con­texts.

The jour­nal fea­tures con­tri­bu­tions from Prof. Ste­fan Baumgärt­ner, Pro­fes­sor of sus­tain­abil­i­ty eco­nom­ics at the Leuphana Uni­ver­si­ty of Lüneb­urg and Prof. Christoph Lumer, Pro­fes­sor of moral phi­los­o­phy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Siena (Italy), among oth­ers.

A hard copy of the jour­nal can be ordered from the FRFG direct­ly for €12. Mem­bers will receive a copy as part of their mem­ber­ship. In line with FRFG’s aim to dis­sem­i­nate sci­en­tif­ic knowl­edge as wide­ly as pos­si­ble, a free online ver­sion is acces­si­ble on our web­site: (www.intergenerationaljustice.org > IGJR)

This year’s edi­tion is the prod­uct of close coop­er­a­tion between the FRFG and the new­ly found­ed Inter­gen­er­a­tional Foun­da­tion, who have worked as joint-part­ners in its pro­duc­tion. The edi­to­r­i­al team for the 2012 edi­tion com­prised of Edi­tors-in-chief James Wil­helm (FRFG) and Boris Kühn (FRFG) as well as Guest Edi­tor Antony Mason (IF).

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2.) 6th INTERGENERATIONAL JUSTICE AWARD CEREMONY AND SYMPOSIUM

In con­junc­tion with the award cer­e­mo­ny of the 6th Inter­gen­er­a­tional Jus­tice Award on the 03.11.2012 at the GLS Bank’s branch office in Stuttgart, a sym­po­sium cov­er­ing the sub­ject of the Inter­gen­er­a­tional Jus­tice Award, “The Debt Brake in Ger­many – Eval­u­a­tion in a nation­al and inter­na­tion­al con­text”, will take place.

One impor­tant goal of this sym­po­sium is the pre­sen­ta­tion of the award­ed papers from the Inter­gen­er­a­tional Jus­tice Award through­out the day. The the­ses and pro­pos­als for reforms con­tained in the papers will be the sub­ject of dis­cus­sions in work­shops and form the basis of the pan­el debate. Thus the con­clu­sions and ideas of young sci­en­tists will be demon­strat­ed to a wider audi­ence as well as crit­i­cised, expand­ed and eval­u­at­ed in a dis­cus­sion with politi­cians from both fed­er­al and state lev­el, sci­en­tists and munic­i­pal rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Fur­ther infor­ma­tion:
https://www.intergenerationaljustice.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=221&Itemid=263

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3.) JAMES WILHELM ON THE BBC WORLD SERVICE

After a sim­i­lar inter­view last year, Mr. James Wil­helm, Office Man­ag­er of the FRFG and Edi­tor of the Inter­gen­er­a­tional Jus­tice Review 2012, was invit­ed to give his thoughts on the future of the euro­zone.
Mr. Wil­helm empha­sised the need to not lose focus on young peo­ple in the cri­sis, despite the ongo­ing enforce­ment of strin­gent aus­ter­i­ty plans in many euro­zone coun­tries. He also called for the har­mon­i­sa­tion of retire­ment ages across the euro­zone and a broad focus on dis­tin­guish­ing between good and bad invest­ments.

The dis­cus­sion is avail­able to stream online from BBC iPlay­er:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00rg2kr

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4.) UN REPORT: HUMAN DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA REQUIRES EMPOWERMENT

In the absence of food secu­ri­ty in Africa, the goal of sus­tain­able human devel­op­ment will be unreach­able. In many cas­es poor nutri­tion com­pro­mis­es basic human func­tion­ing, which leads to a com­plex of prob­lems that could reach far into the future of the con­ti­nent. Despite this, the need for food secu­ri­ty typ­i­cal­ly elic­its a mere­ly “weak pol­i­cy response” among pol­i­cy-mak­ers, accord­ing to the Africa Human Devel­op­ment Report 2012. An “incom­plete under­stand­ing of the extent and caus­es of the prob­lem” as well as the “absence of a civ­il and polit­i­cal con­stituen­cy demand­ing inter­ven­tion” are cit­ed as rea­sons for the over­sight. But, above all, the lack of pol­i­cy action is due to the lack of vis­i­ble ben­e­fits, due to the fact that mal­nu­tri­tion is less strik­ing when its con­se­quences reach into the future.

Tak­ing into account the large poten­tial util­i­ty of ensur­ing food secu­ri­ty for the future of human devel­op­ment, the report finds that “nutri­tion poli­cies have to be at the cen­tre of the nation­al and inter­na­tion­al devel­op­ment debate”.

Report sum­ma­ry:
https://www.undp.org/content/dam/undp/library/corporate/HDR/Africa%20HDR/UNDP-Africa%20HDR-2012-Summary-EN.pdf

Full report:
https://www.undp.org/content/dam/undp/library/corporate/HDR/Africa%20HDR/UNDP-Africa%20HDR-2012-EN.pdf

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5.) BAN KI-MOON: GRASP THEGENERATIONAL OPPORTUNITYAT RIO+20

UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­er­al Ban Ki-moon has plead­ed for a unit­ed front at the Rio+20 con­fer­ence, which will take place next month. In his opin­ion-piece in the Inter­na­tion­al Her­ald Tri­bune, he stat­ed that “Rio offers a gen­er­a­tional oppor­tu­ni­ty to hit the reset but­ton: to set a new course toward a future that bal­ances the eco­nom­ic, social and envi­ron­men­tal dimen­sions of pros­per­i­ty and human well-being.” How­ev­er, the new course entails fol­low­ing the one first set out twen­ty years ago; the path which, accord­ing to Mr. Moon, has still not been seri­ous­ly embraced: sus­tain­able devel­op­ment. Yet revi­sions to that mod­el will now be nec­es­sary, stat­ed the Sec­re­tary-Gen­er­al, in order to ensure “dynam­ic yet sus­tain­able growth for the 21st cen­tu­ry and beyond”.

The RIO+20 Con­fer­ence will take place on the 20–22 June 2012:
https://www.uncsd2012.org

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6.) Meet­ings

25 – 28/05. Zitadelle Mainz: Open Ohr Fes­ti­val „Sys­tem neu starten?“ (New Sys­tem?) with FRFG rep­re­sen­ta­tive Simon Schnet­zer.

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7.) LAST BUT NOT LEAST.…

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Adri­an Schell (Chair)

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Newslet­ter for Inter­gen­er­a­tional Jus­tice – 04/2012
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1.) New Leg­isla­tive Prize

2.) Inter­gen­er­a­tional Jus­tice Review 2012

3.) Online-peti­tion pro­motes Ombuds­man for Future Gen­er­a­tions

4.) Gen­er­a­tion Y: Savvy Con­sumers

5.) Demo­graph­ic Change: Bad News for Investors

6.) Meet­ings

7.) Last but Not Least…

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1.) NEW LEGISLATIVE PRIZE

In 2013, the new­ly cre­at­ed “Leg­isla­tive Prize for Gen­er­a­tional­ly Just Laws” will be award­ed for the first time. A law will be award­ed which either removes a present injus­tice that affects future gen­er­a­tions or pro­tects future gen­er­a­tions from future injus­tices.

Among the jury mem­bers are Prof. Dr. Dr. Rader­ma­ch­er, mem­ber of the FRFG Sci­en­tif­ic Advi­so­ry Board; Dr. Maja Göpel, Direc­tor Future Jus­tice for the World Future Coun­cil; and Prof. Dr. Ute Mager, Direc­tor of the Research Cen­ter for Sus­tain­able Jus­tice at the Hei­del­berg Uni­ver­si­ty, Ger­many.

Since gen­er­a­tional jus­tice is an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary theme and affects var­i­ous areas such as finance, soci­ol­o­gy, edu­ca­tion, ecol­o­gy and Europe, we are search­ing for your input. Which law or leg­isla­tive ini­tia­tive from the recent past do you regard as praise­wor­thy?

Fur­ther infor­ma­tion can be found on the FRFG web­site > Awards > Leg­isla­tive Prize

Now we need your help:
1) We are still search­ing for a short and con­cise name for the prize. It could refer to some­one who has made a con­tri­bu­tion wor­thy enough of hav­ing the prize named after him/her.
2) Send us your can­di­dates for an out­stand­ing law or leg­isla­tive ini­tia­tive with a short jus­ti­fi­ca­tion to kontakt@srzg.de. The cho­sen law can per­tain to any polit­i­cal lev­el (local, nation­al, Euro­pean), as long as the law has already been passed or is present­ly being dis­cussed in a leg­isla­tive process. We’ll keep you up-to-date on your favourites.

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2.) INTERGENERATIONAL JUSTICE REVIEW 2012: THE INTERDEPENDENCIES BETWEEN JUSTICES

The new edi­tion of FRFG’s flag­ship jour­nal will reach pub­li­ca­tion in April. It will con­tain a vari­ety of arti­cles which attempt to bridge the gap between the demands of social and inter­na­tion­al jus­tice and inter­gen­er­a­tional jus­tice, with a strong focus on impli­ca­tions for pol­i­cy. A copy of the IGJR 2012 can be ordered from FRFG for just €12, while mem­bers will receive a copy as part of their mem­ber­ship. A year’s mem­ber­ship at FRFG can cost as lit­tle a £20 (depen­dent on age). In line with FRFG’s aim to dis­sem­i­nate sci­en­tif­ic knowl­edge as wide­ly as pos­si­ble, a free online ver­sion will also soon become avail­able on our web­site:

www.intergenerationaljustice.org > IGJR

This year’s edi­tion is the prod­uct of close coop­er­a­tion between the FRFG and the new­ly found­ed Inter­gen­er­a­tional Foun­da­tion (IF), who have worked as joint-part­ners in its pro­duc­tion. The edi­to­r­i­al team for the 2012 edi­tion com­pris­es of Edi­tors-in-chief James Wil­helm (FRFG) and Boris Kühn (FRFG) as well as Guest Edi­tor Antony Mason (IF).

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3.) ONLINE-PETITION PROMOTES OMBUDSMAN FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS

A cam­paign for the cre­ation of an “Ombudsper­son for Future Gen­er­a­tions” at the UN sum­mit in June in Rio de Janeiro is cur­rent­ly tak­ing place through an online peti­tion. The obudsper­son will act as a guardian rep­re­sent­ing the inter­ests of future gen­er­a­tions. FRFG sup­ports this ini­tia­tive and is cam­paign­ing for more sig­na­tures.

The peti­tion and fur­ther infor­ma­tion about the ini­tia­tive could be found at
https://www.righttothefuture.org/RFHomeDE

Back­ground infor­ma­tion on the insti­tu­tion­al anchor­ing of gen­er­a­tional jus­tice in con­sti­tu­tions:
www.intergenerationaljustice.org > Themes > Gen­er­a­tional Jus­tice in Con­sti­tu­tions

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4.) GENERATION Y: SAAVY CONSUMERS

Mar­ket research shows that Gen­er­a­tion Y, also known as the “Mil­len­ni­al gen­er­a­tion”, is pecu­liar­ly selec­tive when it comes to con­sump­tion. “We’ve always had trea­sure hunters but these guys have tak­en it to a new lev­el”, says Car­ol Phillips, a mar­ket­ing expert at Brand Ampli­tude. New con­sump­tion habits are caus­ing busi­ness strate­gies to change, as blogs and cus­tomer reviews become increas­ing­ly deci­sive for con­sumers who are chas­ing a bar­gain. Research from pub­lic rela­tions com­pa­ny Edel­man found that 42 per cent of Gen­er­a­tion Y use four or more sources pri­or to pur­chas­ing a prod­uct. In the mar­ket­place, Philips refers to the Mil­len­ni­al Gen­er­a­tion as “gen­er­a­tion of researchers”.

Eliz­a­beth Dexheimer’s report: https://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=203391

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5.) DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGE: BAD NEWS FOR INVESTORS

Even with a short-term res­o­lu­tion to the sov­er­eign debt prob­lem fac­ing many devel­oped coun­tries, demo­graph­ic change will con­tin­ue to ensure that low­er returns on invest­ment con­tin­ue for some time to come, writes Shane Shep­herd. He wor­ries that when the Baby Boomers final­ly retire, their con­sump­tion demands, which he pre­dicts will remain large­ly at the same lev­els as today, will be beyond the scope of what most nation­al economies are able to under­write. Con­sump­tion habits won’t change, but few­er work­ers will be avail­able to pro­vide the goods lead­ing to price infla­tion and a gen­er­al slow­down in GDP growth. Even Japan, which has a his­tor­i­cal­ly high sav­ings rate, pro­vides no safe haven for investors, despite its large amount of for­eign assets: these would only last eleven years, accord­ing to Shep­herd. Coun­tries like the USA, which have large debt already, could be extreme­ly vul­ner­a­ble.

On the sup­ply side, high­er lev­els of immi­gra­tion could mit­i­gate the prob­lem by increas­ing the ratio of work­ers to retirees. On the demand side, retirees could retire abroad, thus eas­ing con­sump­tion lev­els.

Shane Shepherd’s Report: https://www.rallc.com/ideas/pdf/fundamentals/Fundamentals_Feb_2012_Dirt_Economics_Demographics_Matter.pdf

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6.) Meet­ings

INAUGRAL MEETING WITH UN YOUTH DELEGATES

San­dra Reindl and Patrick Rohde are both UN Youth Del­e­gates. They are work­ing as mem­bers of the offi­cial Ger­man government’s del­e­ga­tion and give advice on top­ics relat­ing to young peo­ple at UN Gen­er­al Assem­bly. Their main aim is to build a link between young cit­i­zens in Ger­many and the Unit­ed Nations. On the 29th of Feb­ru­ary, an ini­tial dis­cus­sion between the young del­e­gates and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the FRFG took place. The par­tic­i­pa­tion of young peo­ple in pol­i­tics and the pos­si­bil­i­ty of vot­ing rights for young peo­ple were dis­cussed.

More infor­ma­tion about there work can be found at www.jugenddelegierte.de (in Ger­man).

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7.) LAST BUT NOT LEAST.…

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With best regards,
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Foun­da­tion for the Rights of Future Gen­er­a­tions
(Stiftung fuer die Rechte zukuen­ftiger Gen­er­a­tio­nen)
Mannsperg­er­str. 29
D- 70619 Stuttgart
Tel: +49-(0) 711 – 28 05 27 77
Fax: +49-(0) 3212 – 28 05 27 7
E-Mail: kontakt@srzg.de
Home­page: www.intergenerationaljustice.org

Board of Direc­tors:
Danyal Bayaz
Wolf­gang Gru­endinger
Adri­an Schell (Chair)

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Newslet­ter for Inter­gen­er­a­tional Jus­tice – 02/2012
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1.) FRFG Awards Third Demog­ra­phy Prize

2.) Ombudsper­son for Future Gen­er­a­tions

3.) Klaus Schwab: Capitalism’s Inter­gen­er­a­tional Fail­ure & Davos

4.) Young Peo­ple: Vic­tims of Age Dis­crim­i­na­tion

5.) Inter­gen­er­a­tional Jus­tice and the Role of the Pub­lic Sec­tor

6.) Meet­ings

7.) Last but Not Least…

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1) FRFG AWARDS THIRD DEMOGRAPHY PRIZE

gg_preisverleihung_2012The Third Demog­ra­phy Prize 2010/2011, endowed with a prize fund of €10,000, was award­ed to two com­pe­ti­tion win­ners on the 16th Jan­u­ary 2012. The Jury decid­ed to give 1st Prize to Bet­ti­na Munimus, for her sub­mis­sion enti­tled “From a quan­ti­ta­tive major­i­ty to qual­i­ta­tive pow­er? An exam­i­na­tion of inter­est groups which rep­re­sent the old­er gen­er­a­tion”. The 2nd Prize was award­ed to Cor­nelia Wiethaler, for her work “The idea of jus­tice accord­ing to Amartya Sen applied to the Ger­man social secu­ri­ty sys­tem – three sketch­es of a mod­el for local respon­si­bil­i­ty”. The awards were for­mal­ly pre­sent­ed to the Prize Win­ners in Berlin, whose work was then used as the basis for fur­ther dis­cus­sion and debate.

Dur­ing the Sym­po­sium in which the prizes were award­ed, the polit­i­cal, soci­etal and eco­nom­ic strate­gies which can be adopt­ed to cope with the fact of age­ing soci­eties were dis­cussed in small groups as well as by experts dur­ing a podi­um dis­cus­sion. Over 70 par­tic­i­pants from posi­tions in econ­o­my, pol­i­tics, and a unex­pect­ed­ly large num­ber of the gen­er­al pub­lic attend­ed.

FRFG awards the Demog­ra­phy Prize for Young Sci­en­tists every two years. It is finan­cial­ly sup­port­ed by the Stiftung Apfel­baum. The top­ic of the Call for papers was “Old major­i­ty – young minor­i­ty: Where is a pow­er shift between gen­er­a­tions already vis­i­ble and how can you bal­ance it?”

A brief doc­u­men­ta­tion of the Sym­po­sium can be accessed here .

A more detailed Ger­man ver­sion is also avail­able.

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2) OMBUDSPERSON FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS

The World Future Coun­cil, an asso­ci­a­tion of fifty renowned indi­vid­u­als, has pro­posed the intro­duc­tion of an Ombudsper­son for Future Gen­er­a­tions at the Unit­ed Nations. Accord­ing to Jakob von Uexküll, chair­man of the Coun­cil, the aim of such an Ombudsper­son would be to “rep­re­sent and pro­mote the rights of future gen­er­a­tions to inher­it a well-func­tion­ing eco­nom­ic, eco­log­i­cal, and social sys­tem with­in the scope of glob­al pol­i­tics and UN activ­i­ties”. More­over, “a ful­ly inde­pen­dent Ombudsper­son of this type, who could com­mu­ni­cate with the pub­lic and sub­mit pro­pos­als based on these inter­ac­tions, would make the UN more demo­c­ra­t­ic, account­able and open.”

FRFG wel­comes this pro­pos­al and will pro­mote it at the upcom­ing UN World Con­fer­ence for Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment in Rio de Janeiro. With­in Ger­many, FRFG pro­motes the insti­tu­tion­al anchor­ing of gen­er­a­tional jus­tice in the con­sti­tu­tion.

Back­ground infor­ma­tion on the World Future Coun­cil .

Infor­ma­tion on FRFG’s aim to enshrine inter­gen­er­a­tional jus­tice in con­sti­tu­tions .

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3) KLAUS SCHWAB: CAPITALISM’S INTERGENERATIONAL FAILURE & DAVOS

The founder of the World Eco­nom­ic Forum, Klaus Schwab, has spo­ken out against the “lack of inclu­sive­ness in the cap­i­tal­ist sys­tem” and the wor­ry­ing con­se­quences of the cur­rent glob­al finan­cial cri­sis for future gen­er­a­tions. Although often not­ed by com­men­ta­tors as a staunch sup­port­er of free mar­kets, Schwab has spo­ken out against the per­ceived fail­ures of cap­i­tal­ism and, from an unusu­al­ly crit­i­cal stand­point, called for deep reform. From an inter­gen­er­a­tional stand­point, his main con­cern is that gov­ern­ments are alle­vi­at­ing the socio-eco­nom­ic prob­lems of today by sac­ri­fic­ing nec­es­sary invest­ment in the infra­struc­ture of tomor­row. “Peo­ple feel it’s a dif­fi­cult time”, said Schwab; “there is, they feel, a lack of future per­spec­tive.”

The World Eco­nom­ic Forum took place between the 25th and 29th Jan­u­ary 2012. A dis­cus­sion chaired by Schwab him­self on “The Future across Gen­er­a­tions – Annu­al Meet­ing 2012” was par­tic­u­lar­ly note­wor­thy from an inter­gen­er­a­tional per­spec­tive. The jury is out on whether the words expressed at the Forum will be put into action.

View the full debate here .

Orig­i­nal arti­cle on Schwab’s cri­tique of cap­i­tal­ism .

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4) YOUNG PEOPLE: VICTIMS OF AGE DISCRIMINATION

The Eco­nom­ic and Social Affairs Depart­ment of the Unit­ed Nations high­light­ed the dele­te­ri­ous effects of the cur­rent finan­cial sit­u­a­tion on lev­els of youth unem­ploy­ment in its World Youth Report, pub­lished on the 6th Feb­ru­ary 2012. The Report states that young peo­ple have been faced with unem­ploy­ment lev­els far high­er than any oth­er age group for a long time, and that they regard them­selves as vic­tims of ageism. Addi­tion­al­ly, accord­ing to a recent inves­ti­ga­tion con­duct­ed by the nation­al anti-dis­crim­i­na­tion unit in Ger­many, age dis­crim­i­na­tion is more than a minor phe­nom­e­non. More­over, it affects young peo­ple more than the old: in com­par­i­son to old peo­ple (17%), dou­ble the amount of stu­dents and young peo­ple (34%) report­ed that they have suf­fered dis­ad­van­tages in the world of work based on age.

FRFG pro­motes sev­er­al mea­sures designed to tack­le age dis­crim­i­na­tion and secure a fair deal for young peo­ple. We sup­port the repeal of spe­cial priv­i­leges for senior cit­i­zens with regard to their work­ing rights and wages as well pro­tec­tion for young employ­ees and interns.

UN World Youth Report

Ger­man age dis­crim­i­na­tion study

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5) INTERGENERATIONAL JUSTICE AND THE ROLE OF THE PUBLIC SECTOR

Speak­ing to stu­dents on the 21st Jan­u­ary, the Labour Par­ty leader in the UK, Ed Miliband, high­light­ed inter­gen­er­a­tional jus­tice as the key issue of mod­ern times. Mr Miliband empha­sised the need to build and main­tain a large pub­lic sec­tor dur­ing the down­turn:
“Inter­gen­er­a­tional justice…is going to be the issue of the next 10 or 15 years. Is this gen­er­a­tion, my gen­er­a­tion, going to do right by the younger generation…The thing you learn is that it takes a very short time to cre­ate youth unem­ploy­ment, it takes a long time, a gen­er­a­tion, to undo the effects of it.”
Jane Elli­son, Con­ser­v­a­tive Par­ty MP, strong­ly crit­i­cised Mr. Miliband’s inter­ven­tion­ist stance by claim­ing that his par­ty “lacks any cred­i­bil­i­ty on tack­ling the deficit”. More­over, Mr. Miliband stands for “more spend­ing, more bor­row­ing and more debt today”.

The debate high­lights a key ques­tion for inter­gen­er­a­tional pol­i­cy dur­ing the finan­cial cri­sis, with rel­e­vance extend­ing far beyond the UK: Inter­vene to cor­rect the mar­ket at the risk of cre­at­ing inter­gen­er­a­tional debt, or be guid­ed by the lib­er­al non-inter­ven­tion­ist doc­trine in the hope that the mar­ket will reg­u­late itself? Despite par­ty dif­fer­ences, the fact that inter­gen­er­a­tional jus­tice is becom­ing invoked and dis­cussed in nation­al pol­i­cy cir­cles should be a step in the right direc­tion for the well-being of future gen­er­a­tions.

Orig­i­nal arti­cle in the Tele­graph

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6.) Meet­ings

12th Febu­rary: “Rebel­lion and Revolt in Europe – a Gen­er­a­tional Ques­tion?” Podi­um dis­cus­sion with FRFG Spokesman Wolfgng Gründinger. Karl­sruhe.

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7.) LAST BUT NOT LEAST.…

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With best regards,
The Edi­tors

Foun­da­tion for the Rights of Future Gen­er­a­tions
(Stiftung fuer die Rechte zukuen­ftiger Gen­er­a­tio­nen)
Mannsperg­er­str. 29
D- 70619 Stuttgart
Tel: +49-(0) 711 – 28 05 27 77
Fax: +49-(0) 3212 – 28 05 27 7
E-Mail: kontakt@srzg.de
Home­page: www.intergenerationaljustice.org

Board of Direc­tors:
Danyal Bayaz
Wolf­gang Gru­endinger
Adri­an Schell (Chair)

Man­ag­ing Direc­tor:
Boris Kühn
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