Will the Future Blame Us? Bringing Future Generations into Today’s Politics | London, 19 April 2018

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The FDSD and the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries are delighted to invite you to a joint evening event on 19 April 2018 in London.

Bringing together experts from the policymaking community with academics and those from the actuarial profession and elsewhere in financial services, the interactive evening will examine the potential legislative levers for encouraging the explicit consideration of intergenerational issues in policymaking, including consideration of those not yet born.

The subject of intergenerational fairness has been steadily creeping up the political agenda in recent years, becoming a key battleground in the 2017 General Election. Parties across the political spectrum have pledged to repair the social contract between current generations, and invest for the benefit of future generations. But short-termism remains rife in politics. The many competing demands of modern society and economics mean that politicians are understandably consumed by the immediate needs and 5-year electoral cycles often mean that issues of sustainability are overlooked.

But what if there was some way to entrench sustainability into policymaking? How could we bring more long-term thinking into policymaking to manage risks and uncertainties that transcend generations? What would this mean for democracy today?

There are also lessons to be learnt from overseas, and examples from closer to home, where jurisdictions have created institutions to explicitly promote the long-term interests of future generations in the form of commissioners and ombudsman for future generations.


5.00 – 5.30 Registration
5.30 – 7.15 Programme
7.15 – 8.00 Networking

Confirmed contributors include:

  • Jakob von Uexkull, Founder, World Future Council
  • Clare Moriarty, Permanent Secretary, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
  • Joerg Tremmel, Editor-in-Chief of the Intergenerational Justice Review


This event is fully booked, but we have a waiting list for tickets. Please email policy@actuaries.org.uk with your name and professional affiliation – we will email you as soon as a place becomes available again.