Future Policy Award The Future Policy Award celebrates policies that create better living conditions for current and future generations.
Future policyaward Criteria: • Urgency of topic • Possible venue and date in last quarter of 2012: • Possible partners: • Nominations by expert organisations: • Funders: • Media: Responsibility towards current andfuture generations is at the heart of best policies.
Future PolicyAward 2012 In 2012 Palau’s Shark Haven Act and its Protected Areas Network Act won the Gold Award.
Future Policyaward 2013 Rights of persons with disabilities Disarmament & Demilitarization
RightsofPersonswithDisabilities Urgency of the topic • Historically overlooked • 15% of the world’s population, 1 billion people worldwide live with a disability • Disability as an excuse for neglecting the most fundamental rights • Links between disability and poverty • Unless persons with disabilities are included, none of the MDGs will be met • The economic crisis hit people with disabilities hardest
THE ONE BILLION MISSING… 1 billion people with disabilities have been largely overlooked in most mainstream development processes, including the MDGs.
Disability and development On 23 September 2013 the UN General Assembly will hold a High Level Meeting on Disability and Development.
TOPIC 2013: PersonswithDisabilitiesCelebrating human Rights! • Venue and Date: June-July 2013, Sixth Conference of State Parties (COSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) • Target Audience: High-level representatives of 193 governments at the CRPD Summit as well as business, international organizations, civil society and media. • Funders: Secretariat of the CRPD (venue, technical equipment requested), Essl Foundation (confirmed) • Media: The Economist (tbc) • Possible VIPs: Goodwill Ambassador Nancy Goodman Brinker (USA) Founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure (tbc) • External Expertise/Nominations from amongst others: • Councillors, Advisors, Staff • Secretariat of Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities • Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) • Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities • UN Special Rapporteur on Disability • International Labour Organization • World Health Organization • World Bank • UNICEF • UNESCO • UNDP • OECD • International Disability Alliance • Disabled Peoples International (DPI) • International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights • Consortium of Foundation for Human Rights and Disability of the EFC et al
VisioN Marrying and having children Living Independently Getting a meaningful job Going to a mainstream school The same range of options and the same degree of self-determination as others, nothing more and nothing less.
Disarmament & demilitarization URGENCY OF THE TOPIC: • Small arms and light weapons are responsible for the majority of battle-related conflict deaths—an estimated 60‒90 percent of all direct conflict victims are killed with firearms. • Arms fuel conflict. Conflict fuels instability and poverty, thereby severely hampering development. • There is a rampant, often illicit, global arms trade. • In 2011 global military spending amounted to $1.74 trillion – despite the fact that 1 billion people suffer from hunger, and still more have no access to safe water or adequate health care and education • More than 20,000 nuclear weapons remain (with an explosive yield 20-30 times higher than the Hiroshima bomb), with thousands on “high-alert status”. • Whatever strategic nuclear security balance some thought to have existed during the Cold War has been replaced with an increasingly fragmented and fragile global nuclear weapons complex, which entails a kaleidoscope of risks and is characterized by confrontation and proliferation. • Despite political commitments to nuclear disarmament, concrete action by major States remains minimal.
TOPIC 2013: Disarmament & demilitarization • Venue and Date: UN Disarmament Week, New York, 22-28 October | UN Day, New York, 24 October • Target Audience: Parliamentarians, government officials, civil society representatives, experts, academics, members of the media. • Funders: Not yet confirmed. Possibly partnering organizations (WFC, Inter-Parliamentary Union, Global Security Institute), UN Office for Disarmament Affairs could provide venue and technical assistance. • Media: Newspapers, weekly magazines, TV news shows in some countries (possibly those with nominated policies), and disarmament-focussed media • Possible VIPs: Michael Douglas (UN Messenger of Peace), Romeo Dallaire (Canadian Senator) • External Expertise/Nominations from amongst others: • WFC Members, experts on the Disarmament Working Group; • UN Office of Disarmament Affairs, other UN Disarmament bodies and experts (e.g. Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Organization, UN institute for Disarmament Research), and other relevant UN departments (e.g. UNDP, UNOCHA); • Consultants to the Nuclear Abolition Forum; • Disarmament organizations: e.g. International Peace Bureau, Pugwash, Global Zero, etc.; • Think Tanks and academic institutions; • Partnering organizations: Global Security Institute (Middle Powers Initiative, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament), Inter-Parliamentary Union.
VisioN By highlighting and celebrating existing exemplary disarmament and demilitarization policies, we can “show the way” to policy-makers and other constituencies. Following up to the FPA would entail working with policy-makers to develop, initiate, and implement policies – based on FPA winners – to further disarmament objectives. With regard to nuclear disarmament, it could help ensuring that the recent surge in political momentum for the vision of a world free of nuclear weapons translates into concrete and effective action toward nuclear abolition.