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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:
http://jno.hu/en/?&menu=news&doc=pr-110621
http://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: http://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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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 This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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:
http://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:
http://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:
http://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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(Stiftung fuer die Rechte zukuenftiger Generationen)
Mannspergerstr. 29
D- 70619 Stuttgart
Tel: +49-(0) 711 – 28 05 27 77
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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:
http://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:
http://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:
http://www.undp.org/content/dam/undp/library/corporate/HDR/Africa%20HDR/UNDP-Africa%20HDR-2012-Summary-EN.pdf

Full report:
http://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 THE “GENERATIONAL OPPORTUNITY” AT 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:
http://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....

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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All newsletters are available on our homepage: www.intergenerationaljustice.org > Press > Newsletter
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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: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Homepage: www.intergenerationaljustice.org
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Board of Directors:
Danyal Bayaz
Wolfgang Gruendinger
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 This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . 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
http://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: http://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: http://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....

Please let us know of people who are interested in the topic Intergenerational Justice. If you send us their postal address, they will receive a copy of the magazine >Intergenerational Justice Review< as a non-binding sample copy.

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All newsletters are available on our homepage: www.intergenerationaljustice.org > Press > Newsletter
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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: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Homepage: www.intergenerationaljustice.org
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Board of Directors:
Danyal Bayaz
Wolfgang Gruendinger
Adrian Schell (Chair)

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Copyright © 2012 FRFG

 

 

 

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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....

Please let us know of people who are interested in the topic Intergenerational Justice. If you send us their postal address, they will receive a copy of the magazine >Intergenerational Justice Review< as a non-binding sample copy.

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