Hungary’s Commissioner for Future Generations

Hungary may be unique in having a government official explicitly charged with promoting the well being of future generations. The duties of this Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations, who serves in the Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, are described as follows:

Above all, the Commissioner for Future Generations is an environmental ombudsman. As one of Hungary’s four parliamentary ombudsmen his principal responsibility is to safeguard citizens’ constitutional right to a healthy environment. …
 
Secondly, as a guardian of future generations, he acts as a policy advocate for sustainability issues across all relevant fields of national or local legislation and public policy. …
 
Finally, the Commissioner aims to develop a strategic scientific research network through undertaking or promoting projects targeting the long term sustainability of human societies.