The Hungarian Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations was invited to Hamburg to participate at the Annual General Meeting of the World Future Council
The WFC held its 5th Annual General Meeting 'The next 5 years. Growing and Acting together' in Hamburg, where members of the Council, Supervisory Board, Board of Advisors and staff discussed and drew up strategies and activities for the coming year. Key topics were the upcoming Earth Summit in Rio in 2012, rights of future generations and the spreading of best policy solutions in climate/energy, sustainable ecosystems, sustainable economies and peace and disarmament. Mr. Sándor Fülöp, the Hungarian Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations was invited to participate at the meeting, as an official member of the Council.
Press Release: Pannonhalma Declaration – Collaboration for a Sustainable Rural Development
It endangers Hungary’s soundness, the welfare of the country’s citizens, if agriculture is not renewed, if the attractive force of rural life does not grow, and the rehabilitation of the landscape fails to come about – pointed out Mr. Sándor Fülöp, the Hungarian Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations on 29 September at the press conference, where the Pannonhalma Declaration was published.
Press Release – Emergency at the Nekota
The activity of the firm Hubertus Ltd. seriously endangers the aquatic wildlife on the south shore of lake Balaton, on the Nagyberek Fehérvíz Nature Reserve. The enterprise – due partly to the inadequate procedure of the water management authority – has caused severe natural damage to the region under domestic and international protection – this was stated by Mr. Sándor Fülöp, the Hungarian Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations in his investigation terminated recently.
Co-operation to conserve our heritage in agricultural biodiversity
The representatives of several churches, public institutions and non-governmental organizations, together with the Minister of State for the Ministry of Rural Development have signed an agreement to safeguard our natural heritage by conserving and promoting biodiversity in agriculture. The agreement was initiated by Mr. Sándor Fülöp, the Hungarian Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations.
Press release - The ombudsman urges strict measures against intolerable noise
It should not be allowed that the noise of events on public grounds infringes the right to a healthy environment – stated Mr. Sándor Fülöp, the Hungarian Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations.
Professor Jacqueline McGlade, executive director of the European Environmental Agency met Mr. Sándor Fülöp, the Hungarian Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations
Ms. Jacqueline McGlade, executive director of the European Environmental Agency (EEA) paid a visit to the office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations (FGO) on the 28th June 2011. Professor McGlade arrived from the Annual Conference of the Sustainable Development Network – this time organized by the Ministry of Rural Development as a closure event of the Hungarian EU-presidency –, where she had launched Signals 2011 – Globalisation, Environment and You, a recent publication of EEA.
The Hungarian Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations was invited by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe to the International Workshop on Equitable Access to Water and Sanitation
The Workshop on Equitable Access to Water and Sanitation – Challenges, good practices and lessons learned – will be held on 4 and 5 July 2011 in Geneva. The workshop will be organized under the leadership of the Government of France, with the support of the UNECE secretariat of the Protocol on Water and Health, and in cooperation with the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation.
Press release: The proposal on the ombudsman act violates the Constitution
The proposal on the ombudsman act contradicts the new Constitution of Hungary published this April – points out Mr. Sándor Fülöp, the Hungarian Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations in his letter sent to the Members of the Parliament on 21 June.
The representative of the Office of the Hungarian Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations was invited to be a guest speaker at the event “Our Legacy, Our Future: Taking the longer view” organized by the Gaia Foundation
The Gaia Foundation’s meeting “Our Legacy, Our Future: Taking the longer view – UK governance for a finite planet” will take place on the 24th of June 2011 in London.
The draft ombudsperson act of the Hungarian Ministry of Public Administration and Justice violates the Constitution and changes the legal status of the commissioners
The opinion of the Hungarian parliamentary commissioner for future generations about the draft Act on the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights (JNO-427-2/2011)
According to Mr. Sándor Fülöp the draft act wishes to regulate the institution of ombudspersons based on a proposal without thorough grounding, in several respects against the new Constitution, while in other regards seriously ignoring the content of the fundamental law. The draft wants to create an absolutely insignificant deputy institution through narrowing down the commissioner’s competence and sphere of action, and pushing the interests of future generations into the background. The draft seriously violates the new fundamental law, it would implement a constitutionally inacceptable step back, therefore the green ombudsman suggests to repeal and reframe it. Mr. Fülöp has sent his opinion related to the draft on 8 June 2011 to Mr. Tibor Navracsics, the minister of public administration and justice, furthermore to other decision-makers.
Time to change course: Future Justice starts Today.
We urgently need a balancing representation of ”the long view” in our political institutions. This is why we promote Ombudspersons for Future Generations on all governance levels
Visit of an American student group in the cooperation of the Office of the Hungarian Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations and the Regional Environmental Center
Visit of an American student group in the cooperation of the Office of the Hungarian Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations and the Regional Environmental Center In the cooperation of the Office of the Hungarian Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations (FGO) and the Regional Environmental Center (REC) 11 students and their professor visited our office on the occasion of the Global Environmental Leadership International Field Studies summer course, on 26th May 2011.
The Hungarian Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations was invited by the European Commission to be a speaker of the session “Monitoring our impact on the environment: the role of Ombudsmen” in the Green Week conference, the biggest annual conference on European environment policy
The 11th edition of Green Week will take place from 24 to 27 May 2011 in Brussels. This year's theme is "Resource Efficiency - Using less, living better". Last year the conference attracted over 3400 experts from all over the world. There were attendees from government, business and industry, non-governmental organisations, academia and the media. The session “Monitoring our impact on the environment: the role of Ombudsmen” will be held on Wednesday, the 25th of May from 16.30 to 18.00. The Hungarian Commissioner’s presentation will reintroduce the functions of the Ombudsman’s office and will highlight the results, key challenges and problems of the last years.
Press Release on the Occasion of Signing the New Constitution
In Hungary the lifestyle and attitude that damages the environment has to be transformed, and the legislation promoting the unsustainable economic practices has to be reformed urgently and radically. The new Hungarian Constitution that will enter into force on the 1st January 2012 has created a solid foundation for this – stated Mr. Sándor Fülöp, the Hungarian Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations. The green ombudsman turned to the public following the signature of the new Constitution by the President of the Republic.
International Conference on the Environmental Provisions of the New Hungarian Constitution
The Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations held a two-days’ conference on 14-15 February 2011 with prominent Canadian, American, British, Belgian, French, German and Hungarian scholars on the inclusion of provisions concerning the healthy environment and the rights of future generations (hereinafter environmental rights) in the new Hungarian Constitution.
Conferences related to the “Pioneers of Sustainability” project
The “Pioneers of Sustainability” project was launched in 2008 with the objectives to present the community initiatives committed to sustainable development in a complex – environmental, economical, and social – sense.
Cafe seminar with Göran Carstedt on the Future of Education and Business
Learning Organisations for Sustainability has organized a seminar with the key speaker Göran Carstedt in the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations on the 11th of November. The event was hosted by Katalin Czippan, deputy head of the Department for Strategy and Development.
Conference on the ecological services of the Danube
The Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations organized a conference on the 20th of October, 2010 on the ecological services of the Danube to promote the UN initiative of the International Year of Biodiversity. At the conference the representatives of different professional sectors systematically reviewed the ecosystem-services provided by the river, the goods of wildlife and habitats (clean water, building material, navigation route, place of excursion, flood plain vegetation, food etc.), which are used by humans directly or indirectly in their lifetime and therefore the condition of these goods does determine people’s quality of life. Building on these conference presentations, our office prepared a draft statement on the conservation of ecological services and usufructuary possibilities.
Conference on protection against noise
Based on the lessons of individual cases, our office has launched a comprehensive examination in order to be able to formulate guidelines for the legal practice and legislative proposals for the revision of the regulation. In the framework of the examination we carried out thematic consultations with several environmental inspectorates, the chief inspectorate and the ministry. Our aim was to get to know and to process the good practices developed during the course of public administration procedures and the major problems of legal practice emerged in the procedures of environmental authorities. To discuss the issues of protection against noise in a broad professional circle, we organized a conference on the 6th of October, 2010 with the participation of the authorities, municipalities and professional organizations. We have summarized the result of our comprehensive examination in a draft statement outlining our proposals concerning the reform of the regulation of protection against noise. The draft was circulated in a broad circle for harmonization in order to guarantee to the maximum extent the sound professional foundations of the complex legislative proposal which is to be submitted finally to the government.
„Nature, Innovation, Profit and Sustainability” - Workshop with professor Gunter Pauli
The Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations organsied a workshop with professor Gunter Pauli, economist, member of the Club of Rome and the World Academy of Art and Science.
Meeting with the
Balaton group: Towards a strategic cooperation
On 7 September 2009 the Office of the Hungarian Ombudsman of Future Generations (FGO) held a joint workshop with the members of the Balaton Group (BG), an informal group of prominent international environmental system scientists. Following the workshop the senior management of the FGO’s Office took part in the annual conference of the BG at Balatonszemes, West of Hungary, between 8-11 September.
The Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations participated in a survey that forms part of the review procedure initiated by the European Commission
The Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations participated in a survey that forms part of the review procedure initiated by the European Commission concerning the authorisation of genetically modified organisms for cultivation.
Workshop with the Balaton Group, September 7,
The Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations invited the prestigious Balaton Group to think together and share experiences on how to best achieve the goals of the Commissioner’s Office. The workshop was only the first step in the fruitful cooperation of the Balaton Group and Commissioner’s Office.
Facing the Future:
the Climate Summit in Copenhagen and beyond
The Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations, jointly with the Swedish Embassy, the Central European University (CEU) and the Academy of Sciences were organized a conference on the 4th of November at the Central European University.