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28th of January 2022  -   January: The Future Council Foundation starts its project "Long term analysis of the state of  society and long term future shaping for Switzerland"

28th of January 2022  -   23rd December 2021, Berne: Robert Unteregger, responsible of the Future Council Foundation, meets Marcel Tanner, president of  Swiss Academies A+. They discuss possibilities to advance cooperation and coordination between sciences and politics for prevention and in case of crisis.  Besides the president agreed that Swiss Academies is patronage to the project "Pioneer grammar schools in ESD (Education for Sustainable Development)".  The Foundation realizes that project in collaboration with the Institute for secondary education of the Padagogical University of Berne.  

28th of January 2022  -  5th of November 2021, Berne: The Future Council Foundation realizes a small conference on the institutional enhancement of long term future shaping in Switzerland. As a first result, on the 16th of December, MP Nadine Masshardt submits > the Interpellation "Long term future shaping and check of the consequences for future generations" . By now, the Federal Chancellery is in charge of it and prepares the answer.  

28th of January 2022  -  October 21: The Future Council Foundation presents a larger study: Covid 19 - How measures taken and experiences could be used to better achieve the UN Agenda 2030.  At the end of the study, several concrete propsitions are presented. 

28th of January 2022  -  Lassalle-Institute above Zug, 29th  August - 2nd September: At the international conference "Environmental Justice - Building back better after Corona", the responsible ot the Future Council Foundation, Robert Unteregger, could contribute a > key note about the state of sustainable development in Switzerland and how experiences of Corona-time could be used to better achieve the SDGs until 2030 (UN-Agenda 2030).  

7th of June 2021   -  The Services of the Belgium Parlament have realized a research on the function of second chambers in several governments. They asked the Future Council Foundation for a contribution, too. The Foundation proposed the introduction of future councils rather in addition to first and second chambers, than instead of the second chamber. 

22.7.2020   -   In the canton of Valais, a new constitution is prepared. Before, the Future Council Foundation has been invited  by a sction of the social democratic party to present the concept of a future council. Now, commission 6 that works on the state's social tasks, has proposed an institution for questions on the future. The debate about the propositions of the commissions should start on the 20 of septembre 2020. 

7.7.2020   -   From 3rd to 4th decembre, the Future Council Foundation can, as guest and in collaboration with the  Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies IASS at Potsdam, realize a two day's workshop on the institutional strengthening of long term politics. On the first day, today's propositions for a future council in Switzerland will be descussed. On the second day, possibilites for strengthening long term politics institutionally in the EU will be explored. 

18.3.2020   -  Recently, a scientific study has been produced about the work of the Finnish Parliamentary Future Committee and its effectiveness. Vesa Koskimaa & Tapio Raunio (2020): Encouraging a longer time horizon: the Committee for the Future in the Finnish Eduskunta, The Journal of Legislative Studies, DOI: 10.1080/13572334.2020.1738670.    >>> More

18.3.2020   -   Probably in autumn the Working Group "Futurisation of politics" of the "Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies" in Potsdam and the Future Council Foundation will realize a two-day seminary about long-term institutions. One of the subjects discussed will be how a future future council of the EU should look like.  (Originally, the seminary was planed for spring, but had to be canceled because of the Corona virus.)

18.3.2020   -   Since a few months, the Future Council Foundation discusses with several MP a concrete proposition about a Swiss federal future council.  It explores the possibilities for a parliamentary initiative.

18.3.2020   -  At the Sustainable Development Day of the three Bernese Universities on the 1st of November 2019, the Director of the Future Council Foundation who teaches also Sustainable Development at the Pedagogical University of Berne, could start the day with a discussion about the introduction of a future council in Switzerland, with the Swiss Federal Chancellor Walter Thurnherr and Professor Peter Messerli, Co-director of the UN gsdr 2019 (global sustainable development report).    >>> More

18.3.2020   -   At the conference about the small chamber of parliament "Fossil or model for the future?"  on the 28th of June, hold in the hall of the small chamber, the Future Council Foundation contributed an input "Future Council as second or third chamber?" The participans were members of the small chamber and political scientists. The conference was organized by the institute of political science ot the University of Berne and the Forum of Federations.