Celebrating the World's Best Disarmament Policies
World Future Council | June 6, 2013
In 2013, the World Future Council is aiming to highlight disarmament policies that contribute to the achievement of peace, sustainable development, and security. Such policies can originate in different policy arenas, including foreign affairs, defense, education, policing, constitutional reform, development aid, finance, human rights, and the environment.
Disarmament issues have featured regularly and prominently in the headlines, drawing public attention to concerns such as the on-going threat posed by nuclear and chemical weapons as well as the historic passing of a UN Resolution on a global Arms Trade Treaty. Weapons of mass destruction continue to pose a threat to all life on Earth while the trafficking of small arms and light weapons fuels tensions, undermines peace, and incites armed violence.
With global military spending currently exceeding $1.7 trillion annually, a billion people continue to suffer from hunger. More still have no access to safe water, food, adequate health care, or education. By promoting the exchange of best practices, the Future Policy Award showcases a range of innovative policy approaches to advance disarmament.
The aim of the award is to raise global awareness of these exemplary policies and speed up action towards just, sustainable, and peaceful societies. It is the first award that celebrates policies rather than people on an international level.
Nominations of the Future Policy Award 2013
- Albania – Action Plan for the Destruction of Surplus Munitions in the Albanian Armed Forces, 2008.
- Argentina – National Programme for the Voluntary Surrender of Firearms, 2006.
- Australia – National Agreement on Firearms, 1996.
- Austria – Austrian Federal Constitutional Law on Nuclear Free Austria, 1999.
- Austria – Federal Act on the Prohibition of Cluster Munitions, 2008.
- Belgium – Law on Anti-personnel Mines, 1995.
- Belgium – Law regulating Economic and Individual Activities with Weapons, 2006.
- Brazil – Statute of Disarmament, Law No. 10,826/03, 2003.
- Costa Rica – Abolition of the Army, Article 12 of the Constitution, 1949.
- Iceland – Plan of Action for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, 2008.
- Mongolia – Law of Mongolia on its Nuclear Weapon Free Status, 2000.
- Mozambique and South Africa – Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Mozambique and the Government of the Republic of South Africa in Respect of Cooperation and Mutual Assistance in the field of Crime Combating, 1995.
- New Zealand – New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act, 1987.
- Norway – Ethical Guidelines for the Norwegian Government Pension Fund, 2004.
- Norway – Act relating to the implementation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions in Norwegian law, No. 28, 2008.
- Philippines – Nuclear Free Amendment to the Philippine Constitution (Article 2, Section 8), 1987.
- South Africa – National Policy on Non-Proliferation, Disarmament and Arms Control, 1993.
- United States of America – Assembled Chemical Weapons Assessment (ACWA) Program, 1996.
- United States of America – Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, 1991.
- Africa – African Nuclear Weapon Free Zone Treaty, Treaty of Pelindaba, 1996.
- Central Asia – Treaty on a Nuclear Weapon Free Zone in Central Asia, Treaty of Semipalatinsk, 2006.
- Latin America – Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean, Treaty of Tlatelolco, 1967.
- Southeast Asia – Treaty on the Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapon Free Zone, Bangkok Treaty, 1995.
- South Pacific – South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty, Treaty of Rarotonga, 1985.
- West Africa – ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons, their Ammunition and other related Materials, 2006.
Selection and Evaluation Procedure
All eligible laws and policies are national or regional in nature and have been in existence for at least four years in order to prove their effective implementation. The nominated policies reflect a geopolitical spread of approaches to disarmament and cover initiatives designed to tackle the problem of small arms and light weapons as well as weapons of mass destruction.
An extensive research process is currently underway and involves interviews with national policymakers, civil society organizations, and academics. Impacts on systemic aspects such as the sustainable use of resources, equity, poverty eradication, and good governance, are taken into account, as well as aspects that reflect the World Future Council's holistic and integrated perspective.
The performance of these policies against the adopted Seven Future Justice Policy Principles (a summary of which may be found here) is also checked. A jury of notable experts will evaluate the nominated policies according to their positive impact on sustainable development and human security goals.
Announcement of the Winners
The winning policy will be announced at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on the eve of UN Disarmament Week, October 24–30, 2013. The announcement will be followed by the awards ceremony, convened by the World Future Council in partnership with the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) that same week.
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