The World Future Council rewards the 4per1000 initiative

The World Future Council (WFC) is a foundation that works internationally to enable policymakers to quickly tackle the global challenges we face. The WFC researches the best policy solutions, and advises decision-makers on their concrete implementation. In the past ten years of its existence, they have organized more than 100 parliamentary hearings, study tours and workshops in order to spread those policies that they have identified.

THE WFC is based in Hamburg, Germany, with offices in Geneva, London and Beijing. One of the Council’s annual activities is the celebration of the Future Policy Award. The award is internationally unique, as it celebrates policies rather than people. Since 2009, the Future Policy Award has highlighted policies in areas in which policy progress is most urgent: Food Security, Protection of Biodiversity, Forests, Oceans and Coasts, Advancing Disarmament, Children’s Rights, Ending Violence against Women and Girls.

In 2017, the Future Policy Award was organized in partnership with the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and celebrated policies, which have been impactful in combating desertification and land degradation. Land degradation still expands at a scary pace, with disastrous consequences for food security, livelihoods and climate stability. The winners of this year’s Future Policy Award underline that with political will, the right priorities and foremost effective policies in place, considerable results can be achieved to advance the goals of the UNCCD.

Here the winning policies in a nutshell:

  • The Gold award has been handed over to the regional development strategy of the Tigray region in Ethiopia.

Since the policy’s introduction, resolute efforts to remedy the degradation of natural resources have been under way. Thanks to a unique combination of collective action, the people of Tigray restored land on a massive scale and improved significantly their food and water security.

  • The two Silver awards:
  1. The country’s Cisterns Programme provides in a bottom-up way water for consumption and for growing food and keeping livestock, empowering millions of the country’s poorest people.
  2. This was the world’s first integrated law dedicated to combating desertification, thanks to which the country has reversed the trend of desertification over the last 15 years.
  • They also awarded Bronze to policies from Australia, Jordan and Niger.

Finally, the Future Policy Vision Award 2017 was given to the 4 per 1000 Initiative, for its approach which calls for the so much needed paradigm shift in agricultural practice. This high-level initiative created an unprecedented attention on the important role that soils play for food security and climate change mitigation.

All winning policies were celebrated during the high-level dinner reception held in Ordos (China) by the host government of UNCCD COP13, in front of some 300 ministers and heads of delegations.

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Ingrid Heindorf