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Jakob von Uexkull is the founder of the World Future Council (2007) and the Right Livelihood Award (1980), often referred to as the 'Alternative Nobel Prize', as well as co-founder (1984) of The Other Economic Summit. As a past Member of the European Parliament (1987-89) he served on the Political Affairs Committee and later on the UNESCO Commission on Human Duties and Responsibilities (1998-2000).
Jakob von Uexkull has received the Binding-Prize (Liechtenstein) for the protection of nature and the environment (2006) and the Order of Merit First Class of the Federal Republic of Germany (2009). In 2005, he was honoured by Time Magazine as a European Hero and in 2008 he received the Erich-Fromm-Prize in Stuttgart, Germany.
Born in Uppsala, Sweden, Jakob von Uexkull is the son of the author and journalist Gösta von Uexkull. He graduated with an M.A. (Honours) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Christ Church, Oxford.

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Converging Crises and Opportunities

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 2:05 PM

Despite being the most powerful generations ever, we are failing to secure our shared future. "On current paths, we face global average temperatures by the end of this century that have not existed on Earth for tens of millions of years. Decades of growth, development and poverty reduction could be...

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Promoting, Protecting and Realising the Rights of Children: A Matter of Political Will

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2015 | 6:19 AM

Every child has the same human rights as adults. These include the right to life, food, health, education, development, a clean environment and the right to be heard. However, despite recent advances, many children today still suffer from poverty, gender inequality, homelessness, abuse, preventable diseases, and unequal access to education....

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Palestine/ Israel: Only an Imposed Solution Will Work

(194) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 7:45 AM

The spiral of violence and anger on both sides keeps growing. It is only a matter of time before the next Intifada or war erupts, as more young Palestinians grow up without hope or perspectives. To quote the NY Times Columnist Roger Cohen, "An oppressed people will rise up. That...

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Commemorating the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

(1) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 5:27 AM

In Japan, turning seventy is a milestone called "Koki", referring to an ancient poem about reaching an age that was rare in those times. This Thursday and Sunday, August 6 and 9, mark the seventy-year commemoration of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and with it the advent of...

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Wie die deutsche Ideologie Europas Zukunft zerstört: Von der Griechenland - zur Eurokrise

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 6:59 PM

Kurzer Ausflug in die Euro-Geschichte

Die Einführung des Euro im Jahr 2002 war in der Logik der europäischen Einigung eine notwendige und folgerichtige Entscheidung. Das Bild von Europa als Fahrrad, das umfällt, wenn es stehen bleibt, hat durchaus seine Berechtigung.

Wie fast immer bei der Weiterentwicklung der...

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From Greek to Euro Crisis: How German Ideology Is Destroying Europe's Future

(1) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 1:10 PM

A brief history of the euro zone

The introduction of the Euro in 2002 was a necessary decision in the pursuit of further European integration. The Euro was launched as an unfinished project, whose final purpose remained undefined. There was tension between monetarist / neoliberal ideas based on competition between...

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UN Finance for Development Conference in Addis: Still No Talk of Cutting Military Spending to Fund Development, but the Time Will Come

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 5:51 PM

From 13 - 16 July 2015, six thousand representatives from politics, business and civil society attended the Third Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, to identify and mobilize resources for funding the Sustainable Development Goals and tackle poverty and climate change. As the Millennium...

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Renewables Driving the Energy Transformation

(3) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 7:11 PM

Facing growing global crises, such as the devastating impacts of climate change, the degradation of our natural environment and failing financial systems, it is hard to deny that our old human story has failed us. The time has arrived to envisage a new narrative for our shared future. We need...

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Wir zerstören die Grundlagen unserer Existenz schneller als die Natur sie reparieren kann

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 10:20 AM

Nachhaltigkeit - Wir zerstören die Grundlagen unserer Existenz schneller als die Natur sie reparieren kann. Wenn wir unsere "Business-as-usual"-Behandlung des Planeten fortsetzen, werden künftige Generationen nicht nur dem ökologischen Kollaps, sondern auch großen Herausforderungen in den Bereichen Frieden, Sicherheit und Entwicklung gegenüber stehen.

Es liegt in unserer Verantwortung, einen...

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Is Trouble Brewing for the 2015 NPT Review Conference?

(5) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 1:45 PM

Since its adoption in 1968, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) has become a critical mechanism to achieve nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament goals. With only a week to go before state parties to the NPT gather at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York to review progress on...

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Giving Rights to Future Generations -- Why It's Needed and How it Can Be Done

(2) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 7:53 PM

We are consuming the foundations of our existence at a rate faster than the planet can replenish. If we continue our "business-as-usual" treatment of the planet, future generations will face not only ecological collapse but also severe peace, security and development challenges. It is the responsibility of current generations to...

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The ECB Needs a Plan B for Its Monetary Policy

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 6:16 PM

With the introduction of a negative interest rate on excess bank deposits, it has become clear that the ECB is running out of options. The institution's most important financial political tool - the interest channel - has failed in its objective to encourage lending for investment to curb deflation.

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The Time to Act Is Now!

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 7:53 PM

Climate change action: A matter of political will

We can no longer deny that the ways in which we fuel, feed, finance and secure our societies have long exceeded the sustainable limits of our ecosystems. We are facing a deepening global climate crisis that has not only caused ecological collapses...

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Future Justice Means Justice for Women and Girls

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 11:45 AM

One in three women worldwide will experience violence in her lifetime. They are subjected to brutal violations of their human rights. Many are denied justice at the most fundamental level. On February 14, 2014, the world will come together for One Billion Rising for Justice...

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The Costs of Austerity: Squandering $2.3 Trillion Yearly of our Productive Resources

(59) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 10:44 AM

The meaning of the term austerity has undergone a significant transformation. It was originally used in Britain during the Second World War when the challenge was how to maximize the output of war materials and how to ration popular consumption.

The "modern" version of austerity began in the western industrialized...

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