World Future Council announces nominations for most innovative disarmament policies

The World Future Council, a Germany-based charitable foundation, in partnership with the U.N. Office for Disarmament Affairs and the Inter-Parliamentary Union, announced nominations on Thursday for the Future Policy Award 2013.

The award highlights disarmament policies that contribute to human security, sustainable development and peace. The council received 25 nominations of best policy practice from all over the world. The award is meant to raise global awareness of the policies and expedite policy action toward a peaceful society.

The policy nominees include national policies from Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Costa Rica, Iceland, Mongolia, Mozambique, South Africa, New Zealand, Norway, the Philippines and the U.S. and regional policies from Africa, Central Asia, Latin America, South-East Asia, the South Pacific and West Africa.

A jury of experts will evaluate the nominated policies on their positive impact on human security and sustainable development goals. The World Future Council will announce the winning policies during a ceremony on October 23 at the U.N. headquarters in New York on the eve of U.N. Disarmament Week, which runs October 24 through October 30.

The World Future Council said that disarmament issues featured prominently in the headlines thus far in 2013 and that weapons of mass destruction continue to pose a threat to all life on Earth.

By promoting an exchange of best practices, the Future Policy Award showcases a range of approaches to celebrate and advance policies that can create better living conditions for future generations.