The WFC Commission on Peace and Disarmament engages policy-makers and other stakeholders on policy-solutions to the challenges stemming from the continued existence of weapons of mass destruction, the production and trafficking of conventional weapons and the lasting health effects from explosive remnants of war.
By facilitating exchanges of experiences and expertise between countries and regions, promoting best practice and policies and offering practical tools for policy-action, the programme aims to ensure that the benefits of disarmament are shared across borders.
Welcome to the V. World Organic Forum
The V. World Organic Forum focuses on the local implementation of the UN Agenda 2030 with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
While $1.917 trillion USD is spent each year worldwide for the military, every 15 seconds a child dies from malnutrition, 780 million people have no access to clean water and insufficient progress is made in the fight against climate change. A gradual cut and reallocation of military spending could help solve these and other pressing issues of our time. We work with policy-makers worldwide to establish an expert working group under the auspices of the UN to determine how such reallocating processes should be structured in the global political context.
Working in partnership with civil society actors to achieve a reallocation of funds from the military towards sustainable development initiatives.
Developing and presenting proposals on how to achieve a reallocation of military spending.
Using artistic and creative tools to raise awareness of the issue among the public.
One trillion dollars
is being spent to modernize the nuclear arsenals of nine countries over the next 10 years.
We’re going to show the scale
of this investment and how it could be devoted to peace and humanitarian needs, rather than the threat of nuclear annihilation
while governments meet at the UN
for the first ever United Nations High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament.
We’re going to count the money
by hand, $100million per minute in $1million dollar notes, in front of the United Nations and at other publicly visible places in New York City. Counting will take 7 days and nights.
You can help!
Join a team of two to count for half an hour or more.
Teams will include people of all ages, nations, backgrounds; celebrities, activists, politicians, UN officials, diplomats, artists, religious leaders, sportspeople, refugees and others.
Artistic Intervention: “The Bread Tank”
Two years in a row, we took to the streets of Rio de Janeiro (in 2012 at the UN Summit Rio+20 and again in 2013 at the World Youth Day of the Catholic Church, together with Pope Francis), equipped with a life-sized war tank, covered with bread and featuring the slogan “Bread not Bombs”. Hundreds of thousands of young people paid tribute to this important message, international media coverage followed. The Catholic Church asked for a report about the success of the Bread Tank.
Since 2011, the World Future Council has conducted a project on identifying, raising awareness for and spreading exemplary disarmament policies, with a focus on policies advancing nuclear disarmament. Over the years, through our partnership with Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament and the Inter-Parliamentary Union, we have engaged parliamentarians across the globe on pursuing such policies through workshops, briefings and practical tools.
Our unique Parliamentary Handbook on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament has been sent to all parliaments in the world and been translated into several languages.
Our Future Policy Award on disarmament highlighted a range of disarmament policies that have contributed to the achievement of peace, sustainable development, and security.
Together with UNDP, we brought together representatives of government, police authorities and civil society from Argentina and Bosnia-Herzegovina on sharing best practice in curbing armed violence.
Nuclear Abolition Forum
A joint-project of eight civil society organisations, the Nuclear Abolition Forum consists of an online portal (abolitionforum.org) and periodical aimed at fostering dialogue between academics, governments, disarmament experts and NGOs on key issues for achieving a world free of nuclear weapons. Hosted by the WFC, the Forum is able to rely on over 70 high-level consultants to ensure quality contributions. The inaugural edition of the Forum’s periodical focused on the humanitarian imperative for nuclear disarmament, while the second edition examined the nuclear deterrence doctrine.
This project highlights the interplay between climate change and risks associated with nuclear weapons, facilities and materials, with the aim of forging solutions to these two principal threats to human survival. We have organised workshops and prepared briefings for policy-makers, academic and civil society organisations on how these threats interfere with each other and what policies are available to move towards a more secure and sustainable future.
We have highlighted how climate change and nuclear threats affect the Marshall Islands and what that country is doing to tackle both threats, including their nuclear disarmament cases at the ICJ.
We released a ground-breaking study on the linkages between climate change and risks from nuclear weapons and installations.
Nuclear Zero Cases
WFC has supported the unprecedented legal action taken by the Marshall Islands in the International Court of Justice against the nine nuclear-armed states for failing to comply with their nuclear disarmament obligations. We are a member of the consortium supporting the cases and serve as a consultant to the legal team.