On the first of April a historic duty on public bodies to carry out sustainable development came into force in Wales - the Well-being of Future Generations Act.
This means that as well as seeking to improving our social, economic and cultural wellbeing for people in Wales now, public bodies also need to consider the impact on the environment and nature and our responsibility to the rest of the world. This change is to ensure that future generations have access to the resources and beautiful environment that we have benefited so much from. These considerations now need to be at the heart of our public services and how public money is spent.
The Act should also mean changes to how we make decisions in Wales, for example considering long term impacts, taking preventative actions and how we collaborate and involve people.
For the benefit of future generations we are calling on the next Welsh Government to make the most of this amazing piece of legislation.
This Act requires a major culture change. Welsh Ministers must therefore pursue their new duties with courage, vision and focus.
The first major test of the new way of doing things will be the new Programme for Government. As an Alliance of third sector organisations we expect this programme to be dedicated to delivering on the long-term goals and principles set out in the Act. It must stand as an example for the rest of the public sector.
We will continue to champion the effective delivery of the Act. We call on all parties to commit to delivering our well-being goals, and for that ambition to be the driving force behind the next Assembly term.
Chair of the Sustainable Development Alliance
More info on the Alliance here.
The Members of the Alliance are: Christian Aid, Cafod, Oxfam, WWF, Friends of the Earth Cymru, Bat Conservation Trust, Bevan Foundation, Cynnal Cymru, Disability in Wales and Africa, Fair Trade Wales, Hub Cymru Africa, Life for African Mothers, Love Zimbabwe, RSPB Cymru, Stop Climate Chaos, Tearfund, The Women's Institute (WI), Welsh Centre for International Affairs, WCVA, Butterfly Conservation Wales, Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg, The Co-operative Cymru/Wales, WSPA, Keep Wales Tidy, Wildlife Trusts Wales, Bees for Development, Size of Wales, CND Cymru, One Planet Council, People Against Wylfa-B.