Future Policy

The Future Policy Award

Celebrates policies that create better living conditions for current and future generations.

Annual Themes

Each year, we identify one topic on which policy progress is particularly urgent.

Aim of the award

To raise global awareness for exemplary policies and speed up policy action.

Unique approach

The Future Policy Award is the first award that celebrates policies on an international level.

We have partnered with UN agencies and the Interparliamentary Union


The current Future Policy Award: For a toxic-free world

The Future Policy Award 2023 will take a closer look at policies for a pollution-free world, regulating the use of hazardous chemicals in products, with a focus on children and their environment.


Celebrating Solutions that Address Global Challenges

The Future Policy Award

With our annual Future Policy Award, we celebrate policies that create better living conditions for current and future generations. By highlighting the world’s best solutions to the most pressing global challenges, we encourage policymakers around the world to adapt and implement them. 

To ensure high visibility and impact of the Future Policy Award, the award ceremony is typically organized in the context of a UN high level event, reaching heads of state or government, ministers, ambassadors and parliamentarians. 


Nomination, Review & Selection Process

Who can nominate?

The World Future Council calls on experts to submit nominations from all over the world for laws, policies or legal frameworks that are inspiring, innovative and effective.

Hundreds of thematic experts ranging from international organisations, academia, non-governmental organisations, parliamentary networks and government agencies are invited to nominate outstanding policies which must mark a significant progress towards sustainable development and in the interest of current and future generations. 


7 Principles of Future-Just Lawmaking

The research team applies the World Future Council’s policy evaluation methodology. The methodology is based on the 7 Principles of Future-Just Lawmaking, which are derived from the seven principles for sustainable development law that were adopted by 192 states at the 2002 Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development. Interviews with representatives from governments, sciences and non-governmental organizations are conducted. Once the evaluation has been concluded, the research team submits the evaluation to an international jury of experts. The jury takes into account impact and transferability of the policies. 

The winners are announced to the media. These Future Policy Award ceremonies are typically held in the context of a big UN conference or event, reaching at least 150-200 heads of state or government, ministers, ambassadors and parliamentarians.