June 19, 2014 in filtered based on organisation
Ombudspersons for Future Generations as an effective solution
To create our common future, we need to have our voices heard through NGOs, the media and politicians. What is missing is a voice with legal authority; a voice with the force of the law to protect our environment and our future.
There have been big ideas and big plans on a sustainable future made by politicians over the past years but action has not followed rhetoric. Now is the time for big reality and big implementation.
Ombudspersons for Future Generations at all governance levels, international, national and local, provide an official champion and watchdog for sustainable development.
Public participation and equity are at the core of sustainable development and need to be strengthened. Young people are underrepresented and future generations almost entirely omitted in domestic and international decision-making processes.
The commitments to a sustainable future made by politicians over the past years are commendable. But we fail to turn them into reality.
Ombudspersons for future generations will help us turn sustainability goals into sustainability reality, and set us on the path to Future Justice by:
- Balancing short-term interests of political institutions with long-term interests of society.
- Taking responsibility for oversight, for making sure sustainability policies work in synergy and are effective in practice.
- Bringing authority to agreed sustainability goals, holding governments and private actors accountable for not delivering on them.
- Connecting citizens and civil society with the core of policymaking, providing a formal channel for information on sustainability infringements.
Each government’s legal and cultural reality is different – which is why the exact mandate of Ombudspersons for Future Generations needs to be developed in that context, respecting these differences.