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THE “OSCAR FOR BEST POLICIES”: FUTURE POLICY AWARD (FPA)

Since 2009, we highlight the world’s best solutions to the most pressing global challenges with our Future Policy Award (FPA). We identify topics on which policy progress is particularly urgent and with the award, we encourage policymakers around the world to adapt and implement them. Past awards have been given for policies protecting biodiversity, forests, oceans, food security, for disarmament, children’s rights, ending violence against women and girls, combating desertification, and scaling up agroecology. Notably, in 2019, the Future Policy Award celebrated laws and policies that successfully empower youth. In 2020, the FPA will be identifying and celebrating policies protecting against dangerous chemicals.

 

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Editions of the Future Policy Awards have been so far organised, e.g. on Child Rights, Oceans or Desertification

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pioneering laws and policies have been identified, celebrated and gained worldwide recognition

GLOBAL RENEWABLES CONGRESS

The Global Renewables Congress (GRC) is a cross-country, cross-party platform facilitating peer-to-peer exchanges between and with legislators. The GRC focuses on solutions for a rapid and large-scale deployment of renewable energy through enabling legislative frameworks.  Current and former legislators from national and regional parliaments can become members of the GRC. The GRC places at heart of RE action or policies an emphasis on the benefits to communities and local value creation. The Global Renewables Congress is a project of the World Future Council Foundation.

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of total final energy consumption is attributed to modern renewables

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different home-countries of the GRC’s legislators

100% RENEWABLE ENERGY | POWER TO THE PEOPLE
We are a leading reference source for policies that have accelerated the deployment of renewable energy. So far, more than 140 countries have implemented renewable energy legislation worldwide. The WFC has contributed significantly to this achievement, working with policy-makers around the world on Feed-in Tariffs and setting 100% Renewable Energy Targets. In more than 100 parliamentary hearings and strategy workshops in countries such as the US, UAE, Tanzania, South Africa, Ghana, Morocco, UK, Denmark, Germany, Canada, Spain, Belgium, China, Poland, Bangladesh, and Costa Rica we have engaged decision makers to replicate existing policy solutions.

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countries have implemented renewable energy legislation

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parliamentary workshops were organised by our team.

EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (ESD) 

Empowering young people with the skills and knowledge of Education for Sustainable Development is fundamental to achieving sustainable societies. In 2016, we hosted an international workshop in Annapolis (USA) for representatives of 16 education and environmental ministries from around the world to explore the positive impacts of Maryland’s Environmental Literacy (E-lit) Standards that won our Future Policy Award in 2015.

In 2018 a Chinese delegation visited Maryland and met with officials at Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to exchange on better implementing environmental education and education for sustainable development in China.

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countries shared good practice and broadened their knowledge about ESD through our initiative

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has introduced an Environmental Education Week and Outdoor Education Day, inspired by our conference

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policy handbook

PROTECTING CHILDREN FROM VIOLENCE | BEST PRACTICE

Realising every child’s right to freedom from violence is a fundamental element of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. With its specific target ( SDG 16.2) on ending all forms of violence against children, ensuring their safety and protection, the 2030 Agenda adds further strong international impetus to ending violence against children.

In 2017, we organised an International Child Rights Conference with delegates from 12 countries to exchange best policy and practice on protecting children from violence.

In 2018, we organised a technical workshop in Ho/Ghana to fully introduce the state agencies in the establishment and management of a one-stop-center model (OSC) in Ghana – an important element of a strong national child protection system, as implemented in Zanzibar. During the workshop the need for the OSC and to develop the roadmap for a pilot program were discussed. The multistakeholder participants met experts from Zanzibar. Their insights, expertise and practical experience were most welcome and helpful in drawing up the roadmap for Ghana’s first OSC.

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countries are interested in transferring policy elements to their jurisdictions

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delegates and change-makers learned during our conference how to improve child protection legislation

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key representatives and decision-makers took part in the Ghana Workshop

EDUCATION FOR PEACE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (ESD) 

Empowering people with skills and knowledge on peace and sustainable development is fundamental to achieving sustainable societies. At the Rio+20 conference in June 2012, we launched the Bread Tank, a life-sized tank covered with bread to underline the genuine possibility of eradicating hunger and extreme poverty by redirecting military spending towards sustainable development. And in October 2017 we launched the 3D Nuke Missile, a public interactive art installation that highlights the risk of nuclear weapons. The Bread Tank and 3D Nuke Missile have been social media and mainstream media hits. The Bread Tank action was also supported by an appeal signed by 22 Nobel Prize Laureates and many others.

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Nobel Prize Laureates signed our appeal.

DISARMAMENT FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

In 2016, WFC launched the Move the Nuclear Weapons Money campaign, in cooperation with the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation, International Peace Bureau and Basel Peace Office. The campaign works to cut nuclear weapons budgets and reallocate these budgets and investments to support peace, climate protection and sustainable development.  A major action took place in October 2019 to physically Count the Nuclear Weapons Money. Over seven days and seven nights campaign volunteers physically counted out over 500,000 mock notes of $1million each, totalling the nuclear weapons budget for the next five years, and symbolically reallocated these notes to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

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US-Dollar in mock notes were physically counted, totalling the nuclear weapons budget for the next five years

ENGAGING LEGISLATORS

Legislators are a key constituency to adopt and implement effective policy to ensure a sustainable future. We work with Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) to advance and expand exemplary nuclear disarmament policies amongst the world’s parliaments. This has included joint publication with PNND and IPU of a Handbook for Parliamentarians on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament that has been circulated to all IPU member parliaments. In addition, PNND and WFC have been instrumental in the adoption by the IPU Assembly and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe of ground-breaking resolutions on nuclear risk-reduction and disarmament.

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National parliaments have received the handbook.

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Parliamentary workshops were held.

OUR WORK IN CHINA: REGENERATIVE CITIES & CLIMATE CHANGE

The WFC has effectively established the concept of ‘regenerative cities‘ in the international urban development discourse. Our experts advise urban change-makers, political decision-makers and international organizations, including the United Nations, on tools and best policies for regenerative urban development. We brought together international experts for our 7th ‘Future of Cities Forum’ in China.

Our 7th

‘Future of Cities Forum’ was held in Beijing and in Tianjin in 2017.

OUR WORK IN CHINA: URBAN WETLANDS

A guide on Urban Wetland Protection and Restoration has been developed by the WFC Regenerative Cities Program. The guide has been adopted by a pilot city in China and successfully changed the local government’s urban development plan to a freshwater eco-friendly one to secure urban water quality for 2 million city residents. The guide will be promoted to more cities in China.

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city residents have improved water quality thanks to our guidelines

FUTURE JUST LAW-MAKING METHODOLOGY

The Future Just Lawmaking Methodology was developed by the WFC to provide a practical tool for policy-makers to assist with designing, evaluating and amending legislation. The Methodology is based on the 7 Principles for Sustainable Development Law which were presented by the International Law Association and adopted at the World Summit in 2002.

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