WFC Healthy Children Conference Closing Plenary

Conference Report “Healthy Planet, Healthy Children”

We have breached the safe planetary boundary for chemical pollution. The impact of this pollution has become more and more visible over the last years. Children are exposed to hundreds of chemicals, resulting in 1.7 million children dying before the age of 5 each year. To urge further action and highlight existing solutions, we held an online conference entitled “Healthy Planet, Healthy Children: Success Factors For A Future Without Toxics on May 19th 2022, in anticipation of Stockholm+50 and in partnership with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and Healthy Babies Bright Futures (HBBF), supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV), the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA), Michael Otto Foundation and Jua Foundation. The event gathered international, academic, NGO and policy experts, who shared their insights on how hazardous chemicals affect children’s health, discussed key success factors of chemical policies, and presented policies winning the Future Policy Award and a set of useful policy recommendations, in order to advance the protection from hazardous chemicals. Amongst them, please name all speakers here.

Watch the recorded Webinar: “Healthy Planet, Healthy Children: Success Factors For A Future Without Toxics”

Click here to read the full Conference Summary: Healthy Planet, Healthy Children: Success Factors for a Future without Toxics

 

In the aftermath of this important event and on the occasion of World Environment Day (5th June 2022), the World Future Council and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) launched their new report “A Healthy Planet for Healthy Children”, which provides key facts on how hazardous chemicals affect children’s health, inspires with award -winning policies and highlights the most critical policy recommendations for a toxic-free future. You can find it at this link: https://bit.ly/3NJMbBW

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).

International Women's Day for Peace & Disarmament

Youth Fusion Webinar – Women, Peace & Disarmament: Perspectives and Actions from the Global South

24th of May, 2022 – International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament. Our partner Youth Fusion would like to celebrate by hosting a webinar. The theme is going to explore: ‘Women, Peace & Disarmament: Perspectives and Actions from the Global South’. The aim will be to hear from speakers from countries of the Nuclear Weapon Free Zones in the Global South.

One of the speakers will be Ana María Cetto Kramis, one of the Councillors at the World Future Council. She is also the Former Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and a Professor at UNAM.

Webinar: Tackling Youth Unemployment

The reinforced Youth Guarantee will play a crucial role in tackling youth unemployment in Europe, especially in countries like Greece or Spain. In our web-event, we will discuss if and how a Green Sector offers a unique chance to involve young women and men endangered by economic exclusion, in particular by implementing the goals set out in the European Green Deal and the corresponding national Energy and Climate Plans.

Press Release: WFC goes Youth:Present

Youth:Present offers young people the possibility to discuss global problems, participate in political decision making and provide solutions.

Human Rights Council adopted resolution to realize the rights of children through a healthy environment

Children need to be protected from Hazardous Chemicals – the topic of our this year’s Future Policy Award.

Our new youth forum: WFC goes Youth:Present

It’s time to announce: Youth:Present. We are exciting to establish a global youth forum.

Press Release – European Youth Award

The winner of a new award for youth action on climate, peace and disarmament, the Peace and Climate action of European Youth (PACEY) Award, will be announced on January 9, 2020

An Inspiring Future Policy Award Ceremony 2019: Empowering Youth

What an exciting event we held last week: The World Future Council is truly proud about the Future Policy Award Ceremony 2019 at which our “Oscar for best policies” – the Future Policy Award 2019 – distinguished eight truly exemplary policies empowering young people!

Announcement: International Child Rights Conference in Zanzibar

Sharing best practice and policy on child protection, justice and participation

Realising every child’s right to freedom from violence and to participation is a fundamental element of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Recent estimates show that at least one billion children are victims of violence every year. Violence against girls and boys in all its forms compromises all children’s rights and leaves not only long-lasting scars on children’s lives but also weakens social and economic progress.

FPA 2015: Zanzibar’s Children’s Act is the winner of the Gold Award.

In 2009, Tanzania and its semi-autonomous island region of Zanzibar was one of the first countries in Africa to undertake a national study on violence against children. In response to its findings, and to streamline national child rights legislation, the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar introduced a comprehensive children’s rights law. Zanzibar’s ‘Children’s Act’ was awarded the gold prize at our 2015 Future Policy Awards for its effective response to child abuse and violence and for its promotion and protection of child rights.

Following up on the awarding, the World Future Council is now organizing an international child rights conference in November in Zanzibar, offering participants, nominated by their ministries, from across Africa and internationally a platform to learn from the Zanzibar example and exchange best practice examples from their home countries.

 

Aims of the conference:

… to offer insights from Zanzibar’s Child Protection System and the Children’s Act to policy makers and technical experts from other jurisdictions

… to exchange best practice examples from countries across Africa and internationally on topics such as child rights, participation, child justice, protection and positive discipline

… to provide a platform and learn from each other and to mutually improve policies, practices and impacts for the benefit of children and young people, particularly those that are vulnerable

… to strengthen synergies and networks for multi-stakeholder dialogue and promote the ongoing improvement of child rights laws and policies through cross-border learning.

… to identify opportunities, trends and success factors for policy reform and progress in the child rights arena

International Child Rights Conference

Sharing best practice and policy on child protection, justice and participation

When?  28th – 30th November 2017

Where?   Zanzibar


Context of the conference:

With its specific target (16.2) on ending all forms of violence against children, ensuring their safety and protection as well as reiterating their rights to access justice and information, the 2030 Agenda adds further strong international impetus to ending violence against children. Good child rights laws, policies and practices and their effective implementation play a crucial role in meeting these aims and targets.

In the recent years, Zanzibar is increasingly working on the implementation of empowerment of children and women. A pioneering feature of the drafting phase of Zanzibar’s ‘Children’s Act’ was a child consultation process which provided young people with a strong role in the law’s development and led to a greater societal understanding of children’s rights. Another successful feature was the involvement of a wide range of relevant stakeholders (ministries, religious leaders, civil society groups etc) in the drafting phase and thereafter.

To promote a conducive policy environment to address child protection in Zanzibar a National Plan of Action to end violence against women and children (NAPVAC) (2011-2015), a national campaign and a child justice reform process were also undertaken. A very recent (2017) National Plan of Action to end Violence Against Women and Children (2017-2022) has also been introduced. Zanzibar’s Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty (MKUZIII) stresses the importance of empowering women, protecting children, promoting gender equality and equity; all critical factors for Zanzibar’s economic and social transformation.

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