Celebrating Innovative Policy Solutions for Disarmament
Our Future Policy Award is the first award that celebrates policies rather than people on an international level. In 2013 the question was: Which existing disarmament policies contribute most effectively to the achievement of peace, sustainable development, and security?
Gold Award 2013
Latin America and the Caribbean – Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean, Treaty of Tlatelolco, 1967.
Silver Award 2013
Argentina – National Programme for the Voluntary Surrender of Firearms, 2006.
New Zealand – New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act, 1987.
Honourable Mention 2013
Belgium – Law on Anti-personnel Mines, 1995 and the Law regulating Economic and Individual Activities with Weapons, 2006.
Costa Rica – Abolition of the Army, Article 12 of the Constitution, 1949.
Mongolia – Law of Mongolia on its nuclear-weapon-free status, 2000.
Mozambique and South Africa – Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Mozambique and the Government of the Republic of South Africa in Respect of Cooperation and Mutual Assistance in the field of Crime Combating, 1995.
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Announcement of the winners
The winning policies were announced during a press conference at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on October 23. World Future Council Founder Jakob von Uexkull, IPU Secretary General Anders B. Johnsson and Virginia Gamba, Deputy to the UN High Representative of Disarmament Affairs, presented the winners.
The awards ceremony was conducted in the evening of October 23 at UN Headquarters. Angela Kane, UN High Commissioner for Disarmament Affairs, held the keynote and delivered a message by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The ceremony was webcast on UN web TV (see video below).
For more information on previous Future Policy Awards and their winning policies, please consult the following links: