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Establishing an EU Guardian for Future Generations

Our new report, written by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) highlights the relevance and urgency for creating a role of a Guardian for Future Generations in the EU.

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Measuring the Long Term

by Alistair Whitby

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Bringing the future into the heart of our decisions today: Guardians for Future Generations

By Catherine Pearce, Solutions Volume 5 | Issue 2 | Page 26-30

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Proteger Nuestro Futuro

Cómo incluir a las generaciones futuras en la elaboración de políticas

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Prenons Soin De Notre Avenir

Comment intégrer les générations futures dans l’élaboration des politiques

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Guarding our Future

How to include future generations in policy making (2014 edition)

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Reflections on the UN SG’s report on intergenerational solidarity and future generations

By Alice Vincent (p.5) in Outreach Magazine

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Bringing Added Value to the High Level Political Forum

A High Level Representative for Future Generations

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FAQ 1

Ombudspersons for Future Generations

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A High Level Representative for Future Generations: Common Concerns and Institutional Intricacies

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The High Commissioner for Future Generations: The Future We Want

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Guarding our Future

How to include future generations in policy making

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Preguntas frecuentes I

Defensores de las Futuras Generaciones

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Un Representante de Alto Nivel para las Futuras Generaciones: Preocupaciones Comunes y Complejidades Institucionales

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Dar Valor Agregado al Foro Político de Alto Nivel

Un Representante de Alto Nivel para las Futuras Generaciones

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Ombudspersons for Future Generations: Bringing Intergenerational Justice into the Heart of Policymaking

by Alice Vincent in the UN Chronicle

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Message from C. G. Weeramantry on Ombudspersons for the Future

Message from Judge C. G. Weeramantry to the Annual General Meeting of the WFC

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Intergenerational Environmental Justice: tackling a democratic deficit with Ombudspersons for future generations

by Maja Goepel in Effectius - Effective Justice Solutions

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Short animated film explaining the Ombudsperson concept

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Intergenerational Questions - Kirsty Schneeberger at TEDxExeter

Kirsty Schneeberger is a pioneering campaigner for sustainable development and intergenerational equity. Kirsty was awarded an MBE in 2010 for services to environmental conservation.

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Guardians for the future: safeguarding the world from environmental crisis

Calling for a network of special representatives to help protect the resources and livelihoods of future generations

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The World Future Council Navigates the Future

What we need is people without vested interests who can take a longer view and help navigate the future with more vision and integrity.

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Is the Government too short-sighted with our future?

Channel 4 News speaks to Sandor Fulop, Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations in Hungary, working for children yet to be born, as new research finds that 67 per cent of British people think the government plans too little for the needs of future generations.

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British public opinion on the needs of future generations

This report gives summary findings of research carried out by Ipsos MORI in November 2011 on British public opinion on the needs of future generations.

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Interview mit Hans Joachim Schnellnhuber "Die Diktatur des Jetzt überwinden"

Der Physiker und Klimaberater der Regierung, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, spricht im Interview über die Katastrophe in Fukushima und die Folgen für Deutschland.

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Ein Anwalt für die Zukunft

Nachhaltigkeit ist ein gern genutzter Begriff. Ein Vorschlag, wie daraus endlich Politik werden könnte.

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Nachhaltigkeit: "Wir blicken zu ängstlich in die Zukunft"

Interview with Sándor Fülöp, Former Hungarian Commissioner for Future Generations and Shlomo Shoham, former Israeli Commissioner for Future Generations.

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Giving our future a face: We need guardians for long-term well-being

New ways of thinking are needed to tackle short-termism and secure our future well-being, writes Dr. Maja Göpel, director of the Future Justice department at the World Future Council, in an exclusive op-ed for EurActiv.

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Does the Future Need a Legal Guardian?

Given the human tendency to favor current needs over future risks, some environmental and legal scholars are proposing that governments at various levels appoint a “legal guardian of future generations” to consider the impact of policy choices on citizens yet unborn.

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IISD (International Institute for Sustainable Development)

Useful coverage of UN and other international sustainability negotiations and conferences.

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Hungary “Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights”

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Wales “Commissioner for Sustainable Futures”

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New Zealand “Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment”

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UN Post Rio+20 web presence

Links to all post Rio+20 developments and activies

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Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations

German organisation but with resources in multiple languages

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The Committee for the Future Finland

The Committee for the Future deliberates parliamentary documents referred to it and, when requested to do so, makes submissions to other committees on futures-related matters.

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Stiftung Zukunftsrat Switzerland

Swiss organisation working for future generations

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Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform

Opportunities to participate in the online fora around post Rio+20 implementation

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Future Justice Australia

Future Justice is an Australian organisation - a joint initiative of Future Leaders and Faculty of Law, ACU.

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Annual Report 2010 from the Hungarian Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations

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Statement on Behalf of UNEP’s Major Group Facilitating Committee and Regional Representatives to the OECPR regarding Post 2015 Development Framework

Major Groups: Children and Youth, Farmers, Indigenous Peoples, Local Authorities, NGOs, Science and Technology, Women endorsed statement on the occasion of the OECPR March 2014.

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Jan van de Venis, Powerpoint from Intersessional

Powerpoint of intervention on the 22nd Nov 2013 at Intersessional Meeting between Major Groups and other stakeholders and the Open Working Group on SDGs. New York.

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MGCY Intervention OWG6

Global Governance, Human Rights and Right to Development. 13 December 2013.

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Second joint open letter to His Excellency Ban Ki-moon

On April 24th we sent an open letter, co-signed with 26 organisations, to Ban Ki-moon to share our views on the scale of the ambition required from the report on intergenerational solidarity to help guide the UN and its Member States to create fair conditions for all future generations.

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Joint open letter to His Excellency Ban Ki-moon

Joint civil society letter, dated 4 Sept 2012, regarding the UN SG report on Intergenerational Solidarity and Future Generations asking for a strong action-oriented report to complement the first convening of the High Level Political Forum at the beginning of the GA's 68th session.

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The future we want

Rio+20 Outcome document Resolution adopted by the General Assembly (66th Session)

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The Road from Rio: Establishing a principle advocate for the needs and interests of Future Generations

by Catherine Pearce (p.5) in Outreach Magazine

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Ombudspersons for Future Generations: A Proposal for Rio+20

by Catherine Pearce in UNEP Perspectives

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NY+20 Youth Statement on Sustainable Development in the Context of Rio+20

As part of the MyCity+20 global youth initiative, a diverse group of youth came together in New York City on April 27th, 2012 to assert our common commitment to a healthy and sustainable world.

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Proposal for a High Commissioner/Ombudsperson for Future Generations: Reflections on the Negotiation Process

by Alice Vincent in IISD Reporting Services

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The Mandate of a UN High Commissioner for Future Generations

Summary of recommendations for the mandate of a UN High Commissioner for Future Generations. It was released in advance of a more detailed discussion paper in order to assist UN member states, international organisations and Major Groups in their preparations for Rio+20

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UN NGLS Civil Society Consultation

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World Future Council Zero Draft submission to the Rio+20 Process

Ombudspersons for Future Generations: Tackling Sustainability Implementation Gaps

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Input for UNCSD 2012, Rio de Janeiro, June 2012

Short rationale and proposed text for the adoption by governments at Rio+2- for a new, complementary institution to safeguard environmental and social conditions for the benefit of present and future generations.

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Now for the Long Term

The Report of the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations

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Report of the Independent Expert on the Issue of Human Rights Obligations Relating to the Enjoyment of a Safe, Clean, Healthy and Sustainable Environment

Mapping report for the Human Rights Council by John H. Knox

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An Extended Separation of Powers Model as the Theoretical Basis for the Representation of Future Generations

A paper by Professor Joerg Chet Tremmel, PhD, PhD

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Report of the Independent Expert on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment

Preliminary report by John H. Knox, the United Nations Independent Expert on Human Rights and Environment

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Overcoming Short-termism within British Business

An Independent Review by Sir George Cox commissioned by the Labour Party

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Taking the longer view: UK governance options for a finite planet

by Peter Roderick: A report for the Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development and WWF UK

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Protecting Future Generations in EU Law

by Peter Roderick for the WFC Proposal for a regulation on safeguarding and enhancing the conditions for life of present and future generations

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Climate Change and the Duties of the Advantaged

Simon Caney, No. 13 Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 203

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Future Justice Research Report

Future Leaders Project and Institute for Legal Studies of the Australian Catholic University

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National policies and international instrumens to protect the rights of future generations

CISDL & WFC: Legal Working Paper

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Ways to Legally Implement Intergenerational Justice

Intergenerational Justice Review - Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations

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Weston & Bach: Recalibrating the Law of Humans with the Laws of Nature

Climate Change, Human Rights, and Intergenerational Justice

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Advancing the Sovereign Trust of Government to Safeguard the Environment for Present and Future Generations

(Part I): Ecological Realism and the Need for a Paradigm Shift Mary C. Wood University of Oregon - School of Law

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European Ombudsman-Institutions: A comparative legal analysis regarding the multifaceted realisation of an idea

Gabriele Kucsko-Stadlmayer (Editor) This book aims to comprehensively demonstrate the legal basis of parliamentary ombudsman institutions throughout Europe, analysing them in a comparative way and thereby revealing their organisational and functional diversity.

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Models for Protecting the Environment for Future Generations

The International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School

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Do we Owe them a Future? The opportunities of a representation for future generations in Europe

Benedek Jávor and Judit Rácz - Budapest

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Fairness and Futurity: Essays on Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice

Andrew Dobson (ed.) Contributors to this edited book consider the normative issues at stake in the relationship between environmental sustainability and social justice.

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Do We Owe a Duty to Future Generations to Preserve the Global Environment?

Anthony D’Amato 84 American Journal of International Law 190

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In Fairness to Future Generations: International Law, Common Patrimony, and Intergenerational Equity

Professor Edith Brown Weiss United Nations University, Tokyo

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The Planetary Trust: Conservation and Intergenerational Equity

Professor Edith Brown Weiss 11 Ecology Law Quarterly 495

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Beyond Paris: Future generations and climate justice

Guest Article by Dr Peter Lawrence, Senior Lecturer, University of Tasmania Law School

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Measuring environmental rights with the Environmental Democracy Index

by Jesse Worker, Associate with the Access Initiative (TAI) at the World Resources Institute and manager of the Environmental Democracy Index.

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The Opportunity For The High-Level Political Forum On Sustainable Development To Establish A High Commissioner For Future Generations In July 2014

By Dr. Marcos A. Orellana (LL.M., S.J.D.), Director of CIEL’s Human Rights and Environment Program

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Justice for Future Generations – Inequalities, IHRL and the Post-2015 Agenda

by Karen A. Moir, Visiting Research Fellow at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development

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An atmospheric trust to protect the environment for future generations? Reforming global human rights law

by Dr Peter Lawrence, Senior Lecturer, University of Tasmania Law School

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A Committee for the Future

by Paula Tiihonen, Finnish Senior Civil Servant & Committee for the Future Counsel

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A Common Approach to long term development

by Peter Davies, Commissioner for Sustainable Futures Wales

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A Cursed Inheritance? Can we save Future Generations from Environmental Ruin? A view from the UK

by Ben Girling

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Don’t Discount Our Future

by Luke Kemp & Tim Damon

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UN Report on Intergenerational Solidarity and the Needs of Future Generations: Concerns about future generations make their way to the global political agenda.

by Katia Vladimirova

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Taking Charge of Our Future

by Kehkashan Basu UNEP Major Groups Facilitating Committee, Global Coordinator for Children & Youth

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Ministério Público of Brazil: An Institution in Defense of Future Generations

by Mauro Figueiredo, an environmental lawyer, President of APRENDER, an NGO in southern Brazil

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Norway’s Ombudsperson Campaign

by Siv Maren Sandnæs, Political Vice-President, Spire

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Considering the Long-term in our Behaviour and Politics

by Ahmad Alhindawi, United Nations Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth

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The Way Forward: Protecting Future Generations through the Institution of Green Ombudsman

by Dr. Marcel Szabó, Deputy-Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, Hungary.

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UN Report: Intergenerational Solidarity and the Needs of Future Generations

Secretary General report prepared pursuant to paragraph 86 of the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), entitled “The future we want."

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Sustainable Development Act-Malta

Chapter 521 adopted 10th July 2012

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Official Knesset paper concerning the Commission for Future Generations in Israel

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UNESCO Declaration on the Responsibilities of Current Generations towards Future Generations

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Legal Act establishing the Hungarian Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations

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Rio Declaration of the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED)

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“Our Common Future”. Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development

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Environment Act 1986 New Zealand

Setting up the position of a “Keeper of the Long View”

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