Commission report launched at high-profile events in Geneva and Brussels

28 February 2014

© Natalie Day

Following recent launch events in Berlin and Singapore, the report of the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations, Now for the Long Term, has been launched in Geneva (24 February) and Brussels (25 February).

Three hundred audience members packed a lecture theatre at Geneva’s Institut de Hautes Études Internationales et du Développement (Graduate Institute Of International And Development Studies) to hear Commission Chair Pascal Lamy discuss the report’s findings and recommendations. Mr Lamy- who spent eight years in Geneva as Director-General of the World Trade Organization- particularly highlighted the Commission’s recommendation to build sunset clauses into all publicly-funded international institutions, many of which are based in Geneva.

The following day saw Pascal Lamy, together with the Oxford Martin School’s Director and Commission Vice-Chair, Professor Ian Goldin, present Now for the Long Term to the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, in Brussels.

Professor Goldin then launched the report at a public event co-hosted by the European Policy Centre and the Oxford Martin School. He was joined in conversation by Professor Philippe Van Parijs of Université Catholique de Louvain and journalist Vladimir Vasak, as well as event chair Yves Pascouau, Senior Policy Analyst at the European Policy Centre. Their lively discussion encompassed the potential to double the value of votes of younger people; obstacles to intergenerational justice; and ways of addressing the democratic deficit.

Now for the Long Term has to date been downloaded more than 850,000 times in over 160 countries.

Pictured left to right: Professor Derrick Gosselin, Oxford Martin Associate Fellow, Professor Ian Goldin, Director of the Oxford Martin School, Pascal Lamy, Chair of the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations, Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council.