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Seychelles former President Mancham to be at the official opening of the 7th Annual General Meeting of the World Future Council

Seychelles former President Mancham to be at the official opening of the 7th Annual General Meeting of the World Future Council ( It is confirmed that the founding Seychelles President James R. Mancham will be leaving Seychelles following the National Day celebrations on June 18 in order to be in Bonn, Germany, on time for the official opening of the 7th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the World Future Council (WFC). This year the AGM is being held under the theme “Charting Our Shared Future Towards a Global Politics of Responsibility.”

WhileAbu Dhabi hosted last year’s AGM, this year the AGM is supported by the city of Bonn, which was until recently the Federal Capital of Germany.

Sir James was a pioneer member of WFC when it was founded in Hamburg, Germany, in May 2007 by the great philanthropist and entrepreneur Baron Jakob von Uexkull who had earlier founded the Right Livelihood Award and who today presides over the globally-respected WFC. In the aftermath of the 2011 unexpected demise of Wangari Muta Maathai of Kenya, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her Green Belt Movement, getting women in Kenya to plant more than 20 million trees, Sir James was made an Honorary Councillor of the WFC.

The list of Councillors today include well-known and respected personalities like Dr. Ibrahim Abouleish of Egypt (Founder of SEKEM), Dr. Maude Barlow of Canada (Chairperson of the Council of Canada), Barua Dipal Chandra of India (Chairperson of the Bright Green Energy Foundation), Dr. Egziabher Tewolde of Ethiopia (Director General Environmental Protection Authority of Ethiopia), Dr. David Krieger (President of Nuclear Age Peace Foundation), Professor Dr. Alexander Likhotal (President green Cross International), Dr. Frances MooreLappe (Founder Small Planet Institute), Anna Rosario Oposa (Co-Founder Save Philippines Seas), Dr. Katiana Orluc (Director of Development and Strategic Affairs of Thyssen-Bornemisza Contemporary Art), Professor Vandana Shiva (Founder Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology – Navdanya), and many other distinguished individuals.

In a statement issued this morning, Mr. Mancham said that he was very much looking forward to Bonn and was particularly interested to discuss a more active engagement of Seychelles with the African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA), which the WFC founded in 2009 in Ethiopia. He said that this member-driven network comprises around 1,200 members from 87 countries who share information, knowledge, and experience via an online platform and monthly phone discussion, meets for international AREA Conferences and workshops and presents their positions at relevant conventions and forums. At the moment, the African Renewable Energy Alliance has its headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa.

He said that he had discussed with the Seychelles Minister for Environment&Energy, Professor Rolph Payet, about Seychelles evolving a collaboration with AREA and that the Minister welcomed the idea and said he was fully supportive.


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