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A new UN High Commissioner for Future Generations? Summary paper on a possible mandate


A new paper published today outlines what mandate a UN High Commissioner for Future Generations (UNHCFG) could have, if such a position was created.

The paper, published by FDSD and the World Future Council, has been released to help UN member states and international organisations to prepare for “Rio+20”, the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development. It recommends that the mission of a High Commissioner should be:

“to promote and protect the interests of future generations in the context of the imperative to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

The paper goes on to suggest specific powers and responsibilities that the UNHCFG could be given.

Download the paper (pdf, 315kB)

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