The Erich Walser Generations Prize is awarded to individuals who have made an exemplary and outstanding international contribution to improving or advancing understanding between the generations in an era of demographic ageing. The 2016 prize goes to former Federal Councillor Drh.c. Adolf Ogi in recognition of his outstanding achievements as a politician, statesman and UN Special Advisor on Sport for Development and Peace. Through his dedication, positive attitude and courageously far-sighted approach to social change, Adolf Ogi demonstrates the importance of intergenerational action and learning in overcoming challenges both present and future.
In memory of Erich Walser
Originally created in 2005 as the Prix des Générations, from this year the prize is being renamed and presented in memory of Erich Walser, a founder member of the World Demographic & Ageing Forum and former Chairman of the Board of Helvetia Holding AG. The prize is worth CHF 20,000. It is endowed by the Helvetia Group and awarded every three years by the WDA Forum in association with the University of St.Gallen. The jury consists of Prof. Dr. Günter Müller-Stewens from the University of St.Gallen, Stefan Loacker, CEO of the Helvetia Group, and delegates of the Board of Directors of WDA Forum AG.
Public presentation ceremony on 29 August 2016 also includes the Krönli Kids academy of SC Brühl
Adolf Ogi will receive the prize in person on 29 August 2016 during the 10th World Demographic & Ageing Forum at the University of St.Gallen. The encomium will be delivered by his colleague, former Federal Councillor Moritz Leuenberger.
The WDA Forum will also be presenting a regional recognition award at the public presentation ceremony. The Krönli Kids children’s football academy of the St.Gallen-based Sportclub Brühl will receive an accolade for its successful intergenerational work on integration in sport.
10th WDA Forum “Our Next World”
The 10th WDA Forum takes place from 29 to 31 August 2016 on the topic of “Our Next World”. Based on the WDA’s five areas of action – work life, retirement plans, financial markets, health and competitiveness – leading experts from around the world will discuss the causes and impact of demographic change and attempt to identify solutions. With 40 speakers and more than 400 participants, the WDA Forum brings the worlds of business, politics, academia and society together for dialogue and exchange. Further information: www.nextworld.wdaforum.org