Exemplary policies that empower young people: Nominations are open!

The World Future Council has joined forces with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with the support of the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Michael Otto Foundation, Jua Foundation and Youth Policy Labs, to kick off a global contest to find the world’s most exemplary laws and policies empowering youth. And now we need your help to find them!

Every year, the most visionary policies tackling humankind’s most pressing challenges are celebrated through the Future Policy Award (FPA), the only global award that recognises policies for the benefit of present and future generations. The World Future Council has awarded this annual prize since 2010 in partnership with UN agencies and other organisations like the IPU. Recognising that youth empowerment is a key element to achieve the 2030 Agenda and address key sustainable development and justice challenges, the Future Policy Award 2019 will identify and honour policies that empower young people through decent and sustainable jobs as well as civic and political participation for sustainable development and peace.

We are particularly interested in nominations of innovative and impactful laws, policies and legal frameworks that create enabling environments and empower young people in the following fields:

  • Economic empowerment of young women and men in decent and sustainable jobs
  • Youth civic engagement and political participation in support of sustainable development and peace.

The award will highlight proven policies that effectively promote and scale up local, national and international youth empowerment solutions. We seek policies that advance the economic empowerment of young women and men in decent and sustainable jobs, for instance, youth skills development programmes that pave the way for youth to build the green economy we need. It also encompasses youth entrepreneurship or programmes targeting particularly vulnerable groups such as women. We also seek inspiring laws that enable much more civic engagement and political participation of youth. This includes, for instance, policies that promote youth representation in politics and decision-making, and enhance the integration of youth perspectives at all levels of governance.

Representatives of international organizations, academia, non-governmental organizations, parliaments, government agencies, and others have until the 31st of May to nominate outstanding policies through the online form or with the downloadable form. Winners will be selected by a high-level jury of experts and announced in October 2019 at a ceremony in Belgrade, Serbia, during the 141st IPU Assembly.