Every child is born with the right to life, food, health, education, development and a clean environment - rights that have been agreed by the international community in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. However, the reality is sadly far starker for many children: each year 2.6 million children die as a direct result of malnutrition. A large number of children are still affected by violence, exploitation and environmental destruction. There are 168 million children who are forced to work and who cannot exercise their right to education, while 1.2 million girls and boys are victims of child trafficking each year. Thankfully, there are a number of proven ways to combat these terrible injustices.

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Future Policy Award 2015

Awarding solutions: In 2015 the World Future Council celebrates laws and policies that are doing the most to secure children’s rights. This year our ‘Future Policy Award’ raises global awareness of those policy solutions that are successfully overcoming the barriers preventing children from enjoying their rights to a clean and healthy environment, to education, to protection (especially child labour, child trafficking, child marriage) and to participation.

The aim of the award is to speed up policy action towards just, sustainable and peaceful societies. It is the first award that celebrates policies rather than people on an international level, promoting proven solutions that are inspiring, innovative and effective. The upcoming events will be announced in October 2015.

Voices of Future Generations - Book Series written by child authors

The Epic-eco invention is the 1st book in this series

In 2014 the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child celebrated its 25th anniversary. On this occasion, the World Future Council launched the project “voices of future generations Children’s Book Series” (project pdf).

Children often have a clear vision of the kind of world they want to live in. We are teaming up with young authors who are concerned about the global environment, education and children’s rights to publish inspiring visions of tomorrow.

Every year we will feature children’s stories inspired by the outcomes of the Earth Summit, the recent Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), and by the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) itself. Accompanied by illustrations, each book will profile creative and bold ideas for creating a more just and green future.

Special invitation to all Children - Your voice must be heard

The child authors of the United Nations / Voices of Future Generations International Children’s Book Series, invite you to help to draft a 2015 Children’s Declaration on the World’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The plan is to finalise the Declaration at a special Children’s Summit on the World’s Sustainable Development Goals on 20 September 2015 in New York and present it to senior decision- makers and world leaders of the United Nations and beyond.

The child authors like to hear YOUR ideas on how we, as children and youth, can raise our voices to save the planet and promote better access to our rights, and how we can contribute to make the world’s Sustainable Development Goals happen on the ground.

Please engage here and share your ideas !

World Future Council: Samia Kassid, samia.kassid@worldfuturecouncil.org

CISDL: International Sustainable Development Law, Carissa Wong; cwong@cisdl.org

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