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New Councillors to Change the World

International Strengthening of the World Future Council

Hamburg. 23 December 2011. Daryl Hannah recently joined the World Future Council (WFC). The American actress and committed environmental advocate and activist is one out of five outstanding personalities to have made the WFC family bigger and thereby boost its effectiveness. The German-based foundation brings together up to 50 respected personalities from all five continents, from governments, parliaments, the arts, civil society, science and business. Together they form a global voice, speaking up for the rights of future generations.

Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), the world’s largest conservation membership organization, will support the World Future Council with her expertise in sustainable development. She puts her heart and soul into issues related to nature conservation and sustainable economies. With her knowledge and commitment she will be a tremendous asset to the World Future Council.

Rt. Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben, President of the parliamentary network GLOBE International and Chairman of Sancroft International, will help the World Future Council with his knowledge of environmental policy matters. GLOBE responds to urgent environmental challenges by coordinatig national policy measures and through the advancement of complimentary legislation. Lord Deben has sixteen years of top-level ministerial experience in the UK including being Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Minister for London, Employment Minister and Paymaster General in HM Treasury.

Ana María Cetto, full-time research professor of the Institute of Physics and lecturer at the Faculty of Sciences, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, will assist the WFC with her social commitment as a scientist. Her breadth of activities includes having co-founded the Third World Organization for Women in Science (OWSD). Also Ana Maria Cetto was Council member of the Pugwash Conferences when the International organization received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1995.

Thais Corral completes the squad of powerful personalities joining the World Future Council. Her global journey has encompassed a spectrum of experiences including the founding of the Women, Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) and other initiatives geared at mobilizing and strengthening sustainable development platforms. Today, Thais Corral coordinates the Adapta Sertão Project and the Center for Innovation and Sustainability which contributes to sustainable development in Brazil.

Besides the addition of new Councillors, the WFC appointed its co-founder Prof. Herbert Girardet as an Honorary Councillor. He is co-founder of the WFC. He is a leading expert on sustainable development he has been a consultant to UNEP and UN-Habitat. For many years he focused primarily on the challenges of urban development and has developed sustainability policies for major cities such as London, Vienna and Adelaide. He is a recipient of a UN Global 500 Award ‘for outstanding environmental achievements’ and has (co-)authored 12 environmental books and 50 TV documentaries for major broadcasters.

The World Future Council appointed the new Councillors at its Annual General Meeting in Hamburg in November. The term of office is five years with the possibility of re-election.

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