April 2020 - From the beginnings, the Future Council Foundation has contacted persons and organisations working on the long term dimension in other countries. And it has spread the idea of future councils and long term institutions among Swiss federal offices, ambassadors and the Swiss government to encourage them to promote the idea abroad.
So, since 1997, quite a few steps have been realized, among them
> in October 2002, the presentation of the idea of future councils at the yearly meeting of the German assembly of Scientists in Berlin "Democracy and sustainable development: Who cares and who is in charge of our future?"
> two meetings with Jakob von Uexküll, in autumn 2003 in London and in winter 2005 in Bern, discussing the project to create a world future council, recommending him to focus on institutions and procedures strengthening the long term, rather than giving much space to "showy" elements and a big council with many members.
> 2006 in Budapest, participation at a pioneer meeting "Do we owe them a future?", with other pioneers from other Europeen countries, not more the a dozen persons, organized by the Hungarian NGO "Protect the Future!".
> 2012 / 2013 the proposition of the Swiss delegation at the UN-Conference Rio+20 to establish a global Council for Sustainable Development which resulted in the creation of the UN High Level Political Forum for SD in 2013 - something like a first step towards a world future council, and, since 2015, provided with a long term future landscape by the UN-Agenda 2030, to be reached within 15 years.
> since 2012, taking an active part in creating a network of long term institutions of different countries, first called future.round.table.org, by now "Network of Institutions for Future Generations". Until now, four remarkable conferences have taken place: 2014 in Budapest, 2015 in Cardiff, 2016 in Helsinki and 2017 in Den Haag.
> By now, there exist about twenty long term institutions of different kinds in different countries.