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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, and combating desertification. Notably, in 2018, the Future Policy Award celebrated laws and policies that successfully scale up agroecology.

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Future Policy Awards have been awarded, e.g. on Child Rights, Oceans or Desertification

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pioneering laws and policies have received the FPA and gained worldwide recognition

GLOBAL 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY PLATFORM

In 2013, the World Future Council collaborated with 10 international organisations to establish the first global initiative that advocates 100% renewable energy. This unique platform unites more than 30 members from civil society, environmental organisations, private sector, local governments and science, building on projects that are already taking place on national, regional and local levels. Global 100% RE aims at steering the global discourse on renewable energy towards 100% RE as the new normal. The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF)´s Marrakesh Vision as well as the growing number of cities, committing to 100% RE are direct result of this advocacy work.

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Cities committed to a 100% Renewable Energy target

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international organisations joined the movement

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, and Poland, 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.

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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

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.

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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

DISARMAMENT FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

At the Rio+20 conference in June 2012, the WFC presented 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. The tank was coupled with an appeal signed by 22 Nobel Prize Laureates and many others. In collaboration with the IPB and INES, we raised worldwide awareness for the issue and generated media coverage in 32 countries. During World Youth Day 2013, hundreds of thousands of young people watched the bread tank roll again, leading the Catholic Church to request a report on the success of the Bread Tank campaign.

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Nobel Prize Laureates signed our appeal.

ARM CONTROL EXCHANGE

The WFC highlighted through its Future Policy Award a successful firearms collection policy in Argentina, which destroyed over 250,000 firearms and more than 1,5 million pieces of ammunition. Since then, we have facilitated an exchange between arms control experts from Argentina and Bosnia-Herzegovina. In collaboration with UNDP we launched the ‘Arms Control Exchange’ project in 2014, which included a conference at UN House in Sarajevo for arms control experts and officials from both countries, a fact-finding mission to Banja Luka to witness and participate in the melting of collected weapons and public events in Sarajevo to discuss the dangers of gun ownership. The WFC also became a member of the ‘Choose Life Without Weapons’ campaign in Bosnia-Herzegovina, which was able to destroy more than 11,500 weapons through 8 weapon disposals.

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firearms have been destroyed in Argentina

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weapons have been destroyed in Bosnia-Herzegovina

INTER-PARLIAMENTARY UNION HANDBOOK

The Inter-Parliamentary Union Handbook (available in English, French, Spanish and Russian) was written by WFC Disarmament Programme Coordinator Rob van Riet and Councillor Alyn Ware to support global nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. The work was put together in close consultation with an advisory group consisting of parliamentarians, experts and institutions, including the United Nations, the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO), and the International Committee of the Red Cross. The handbook was initially released during the 127th IPU Assembly in Quebec City, Canada on United Nations Day 24 October 2012.

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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. In 2015, we opened our office in Beijing, China that focuses on Regenerative Urban Development and brought together international experts for our 7th ‘Future of Cities Forum’ in China.

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‘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 JUSTICE

We are working to introduce Ombudspersons for Future Generations at the international, national, sub-national and local levels. The Future Justice Commission has helped to establish a roundtable of independent institutions working for the long-term. The roundtable aims to share knowledge, experience and good practice, creating a platform for innovative ideas on the institutional protection of future generations and their environment.

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working to overcome social and political short-termism and protect the interests of future generations are part of our roundtable.

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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