Chair, Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development
What we must do is to use our imaginations, first and foremost, what we must do is to start thinking about what the future might look like. We can use science, of course, and we must look at all the evidence about where we are heading, we must understand that we are in a dynamic world, the change is emergent and it is happening all the time, and we must like doctors ask ourselves, first of all, the question, first do no harm, how do you do no harm as you try make the world a better place.
Sustainable Futures Commissioner, Wales
Sustainable development has been at the heart of the devolution process in Wales. The new Sustainable Development Bill will be an opportunity to introduce a stronger governance model to ensure we can make decisions that are fit for purpose in the long term, promoting social justice and operating within environmental limits.
Judge C. G. Weeramantry
Former Vice-President of the International Court of Justice
We do not have the right to exploit the Earth' resources just because we are living here and now, and we have the means to exploit them. They are entrusted to us, and international law I believe and I say so with confidence has accepted the principle that we are trustees of these resources. And we must hold them with all the obligations and the care that the trustee would devote to our trust."
Secretary-General of the United Nations
A small minority of countries, many of which are represented here in Budapest, have created institutions that are formally entrusted with protecting the interests of future generations. I hope more and more countries will adopt this approach until becames standard around the World.
Former Vice-President of the International Court of Justice and WFC Councillor
I suggest as we go forward, we also pay attention to what I call ‘bottom-up initiatives', ‘bottom-up empowerment' making sure that they too, that all the individuals and ad-hoc and informal coalitions can be mobilized to support our efforts to protect the interest of future generations in our planet.
Jurist President, Environmental Management and Law Association (EMLA), Budapest
"(…) future generation institutions like the Ombudsman Office: General Ombudsman and Environmental Ombudsman, as well, in Hungary and in a couple of other countries could help a lot in capacity building (…)"
Director of Future Justice, World Future Council
[…] a network […]: It helps us to open up opportunities for collaboration, to further serve to advance a sustainable future and the principle of intergenerational justice within and beyond these countries which offices are operating to together collate and disseminate information, to facilitate and enhance exchange of experiences and good practice, to develop a depository to research papers and analyses, articles, publications, etc., and finally to identify opportunities for cooperation between offices and similar bodies on a bilateral, regional, interregional and global level.