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"Intergenerational solidarity and sustainable development: we can make it concrete now in ASEAN"

School for Wellbeing public lecture and dialogue on Thursday 14 November, 14.00 – 16.00 hours





Programme 13.30 registration (entrance free) see biodata below:

14.00    - introduction by Sulak Sivaraksa, World Future Councillor; Right Livelihood Award recipient 1995

14.15    - Jakob von Uexküll: “Intergenerational solidarity and sustainable development – we can make it concrete now in ASEAN”

15.00    - break

15.15    - dialogue; moderator Surat Horachaikul

15.45    - closing remarks and introduction Chulalongkorn University Right Livelihood Summer School in July 2014 – see information below.


For more information, please contact Nadia Al-jasem at nadiajasem@gmail.com  Tel: +66 (0) 917399461

Jakob von Uexküll (Sweden/Germany) – Jakob von Uexkull is the founder of the World Future Council (2007) and the Right Livelihood Award (1980), often referred to as the 'Alternative Nobel Prize', as well as co-founder (1984) of The Other Economic Summit (TOES). As a past Member of the European Parliament (1987-89) he served on the Political Affairs Committee and later on the UNESCO Commission on Human Duties and Responsibilities (1998-2000). Jakob has also served on the Board of Greenpeace, Germany, as well as the Council of Governance of Transparency International. He is a patron of Friends of the Earth International, and lectures widely on environment, justice and peace issues.

Jakob von Uexkull has received the Order of Merit First Class of the Federal Republic of Germany (2009). In 2005, and he was honoured by Time Magazine as a European Hero.

Born in Uppsala, Sweden, Jakob von Uexkull is the grandson of the biologist Jakob von Uexkull. After schooling in Sweden and Germany he graduated with an M.A. (Honours) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Christ Church, Oxford. He holds both Swedish and German nationality. Jakob is married and has three children. He lives with his family in London.

 
World Future Council – The World Future Council (WFC) is an international forum made up of 50 eminent personalities from around the world. The World Future Council brings the interests of future generations to the center of policy making. The Council addresses challenges to our common future and provides decision-makers with effective policy solutions. In-depth research underpins advocacy work for international agreements, regional policy frameworks and national lawmaking and thus produces practical and tangible results.

Recently the long awaited report from the UN Secretary-General on how the UN should consider the needs of future generations has been released, with the assistance of the World Future Council. The title is ‘Intergenerational Solidarity and the Needs of Future Generations’. The report strongly recommends what the World Future Council has been advocating: to establish a dedicated representative, a High Commissioner for Future Generations. 

The World Future Council is active in various areas: biodiversity; urban development; global justice; alternative economy; disarmament; food security http://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/

Sulak Sivaraksa
– is one of the fifty World Future Councillors and co-founder of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB). He is counted together with the Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh as one of the most important leaders of Engaged Buddhism. In Thailand Sulak has established himself as an outspoken social critic, prolific author and a compelling speaker. His books in English include an autobiography, ‘When Loyalty Demands Dissent’, a book of essays titled ‘Seeds of Peace’, and more recently, ‘The Wisdom of Sustainablity’. Some of his initiatives are ‘Alternatives to Consumerism’ and the ‘Spirit in Education Movement’; both focused on offering alternatives to western cultural models. Sulak is often called ‘the father of Thai civil society’. He was honoured with the Right Livelihood Award in 1995 and the Niwano Peace Prize in 2011.

Surat Horachaikul – Assistant Professor, Faculty of Political Science (International Relations), Chulalongkorn University; Director of the Indian Studies Center of Chulalongkorn University and Director of the School for Wellbeing Studies and Research. He received a MA in Politics and Contemporary History, London Guildhall University, a M.Sc in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management (Econs), London School of Economics and Political Science; and a BA in Humanities (English Literature and Linguistics), Payap University, Chiang Mai.

School for Wellbeing Studies and Research – The School for Wellbeing was founded as an independent action-research platform in 2009 following the 3rd international conference on Gross National Happiness in Thailand. The three founding partners are Chulalongkorn University; the Centre for Bhutan Studies, Thimphu, Bhutan; and the Sathirakoses Nagapradipa Foundation established by Sulak Sivaraksa in Thailand in 1968. The School for Wellbeing undertakes research on “the well-being society” and organized public debate on happiness, the ‘limits to growth’ and sustainable development – with experts including Nobel laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz, Vandana Shiva, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Matthieu Ricard, David Loy, Dharmachari Lokamitra and Arthur Zajonc. The School for Wellbeing started, inspired by Vandana Shiva, the Towards Organic Asia programme, together with partners in the Mekong region. Its major achievements are the start of a Young Organic Farmers’ (YOF) network. The young farmers first met at the PADETC farm in Paksé, Laos, and recently in the mountains of Vietnam. As well as the international forum on Innovating Alternative Markets organized with the IFOAM PGS Committee; URGENCI Asia; and La Via Campesina.



JULY 2014


CHULALONGKORN UNIVERSITY RIGHT LIVELIHOOD SUMMER SCHOOL


Chulalongkorn University Right Livelihood Summer School
– the School for Wellbeing Studies and Research, the Right Livelihood College and Chulalongkorn University intend to jointly organize an annual Summer School at the Chulalongkorn campus and Ashram Wongsanit, 40 km outside Bangkok. The first 10-days Summer School is planned in July 2014. It is conceived as a global event with core participation from Asia and the growing of an alumni-network in the ASEAN region.

Right Livelihood Award (RLA) recipients joining the Summer School will be (together with other Thai and international resource persons):

Anwar Fazal – Malaysia – RLA 1982
Sulak Sivaraksa – Thailand – RLA 1995
Hans R. Herren – Switzerland – RLA 2013


Right Livelihood College – Disseminating and strengthening wisdoms and skills for a positive future. Co-founded by Anwar Fazal: “The Right Livelihood College aims to be five things – a hub, a catalyst, an incubator, a multiplier and an accelerator of links between universities and the work of Right Livelihood Laureates, an interactive link between academics and activists.”

The Right Livelihood College (RLC) is a global capacity building initiative of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation. Founded in 2009, the RLC aims to make the knowledge of the Laureates accessible to all and, by linking young scholars, academics and civil society organisations with the Laureates, hopes to make their “winning ideas” succeed and multiply. The RLC has campuses in Penang, Malaysia; Lund, Sweden; Bonn, Germany; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia while more campuses are being established.

Anwar Fazal (Malaysia) – received the Right Livelihood Award in 1982  "...for fighting for the rights of consumers and helping them to do the same."

Anwar Fazal, born in 1941, became associated with the consumer movement in 1968 when he founded the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) and later worked on consumer affairs for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. In 1978 he was the first person from the Third World to become President of the International Organisation of Consumers Unions (IOCU), an independent, non-profit group which links the activities of consumer organisations in over half the countries of the world. IOCU, which has since changed its name to Consumers International, promotes international cooperation in consumer protection and education, represents the consumer interest at the global level and facilitates the comparative testing of goods and services.

In the following four years, Fazal founded a number of global networks among others PAN - Pesticides Action Network, a global coalition of groups working on the danger of agrichemicals.

Anwar has been active with issues relating to peace, inter-faith dialogue, urban governance, migrant workers' rights, toxic contaminants, and corruption and integrity. In 2008, Anwar Fazal became a jury member of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation. He is also the Director of the Right Livelihood College, which was established in January 2009.

Hans Herren (Switzerland) - received the Right Livelihood Award in 2013 "for his expertise and pioneering work in promoting a safe, secure and sustainable global food supply."

Dr. Hans R. Herren, born in 1947, is an internationally recognized scientist expertising in biological pest control and sustainable agriculture. . Through his experience with the negative impacts on the use of herbicides and pesticides in farms, Herren has been addressing the need for farmers to grow their own healthy food with the appropriate sustainable measures and market support. 

In 1998, Herren founded the Biovision Foundation with the aim of combating poverty through implementing ecological methods of farming and improving living conditions of small scale farmers in Africa. The Right Livelihood Award has credited him and his foundation for his design of a biological control programme for the devastating cassava pest that help saved and improve millions of lives in Africa. In 2005, he became President of the Millennium Institute, which offers advisory and tools to help others understand the overlapping economic, social, and environmental factors. 

Herren has won a number of awards, including the World Food Prize (1995), the One World Award from Rapunzel (2010) and the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement from the University of Southern California (2003).

For more information, please contact Nadia Al-jasem at nadiajasem@gmail.com 
Tel: +66 (0) 917399461





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