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Does the United Kingdom need a Commissioner for Future Generations? What would that role look like and how could we set it up? Participants at an event in April 2017, hosted by FDSD in in partnership with the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity and the Centre for the Study of Democracy suggest there is room for an ombudsman-type role to represent the interests of unborn generations, and identify three possible roads towards it.
Halina Ward spoke at a TEDx event for young people on future generations and intergenerational justice as the Minister for Future Generations in 2050, Septima Tulisa, jointly supported by FDSD, and held at London Zoo.
The seminar focussed on: what innovations are needed in democracy and participatory decision-making, if we want them to deliver the actions required to mitigate and adapt to climate change? It was aimed at leaders and change makers in central and local governments, businesses, NGOs and communities.
Leaders from UK NGOs met to explore insights into the relationship between democracy and sustainable development, ways forward, and whether and how NGOs should work together to get democracy working for environmental justice and sustainable development.
The event called for a new set of global ethical principles to underpin climate negotiations and real international democracy. There was also a strong theme around the gap between organic decision-making at the local level and official decision-making. Kalyan Paul advised patience: “It takes time to create democratic institutions.” And Sushma Iyengar believed that when pro-sustainable development practices at local level are lost, democracy can be weakened.
Chaired by Lord Patten, people and organisations from business, civil society and government came together to explore the relationship between democracy and sustainability. There was recognition that sustainable development was not happening and that democracy needed to change in order to meet these challenges.