A Guide to the Well-being of Future Generations Act
The Well-being of Future Generations Act is now active. The Act is about improving the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales.
It will make the public bodies listed in the Act think more about the long-term, work better with people and communities and each other, look to prevent problems and take a more joined-up approach.
Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales is the leading organisation for sustainable development in Wales. Our mission is to make Wales the first Sustainable Nation. Cynnal Cymru’s overall focus is on developing and promoting a sustainable, resource-efficient and low-carbon society through engagement with enterprises, the third sector and communities. We connect local and national organisations together from across Wales to help each other develop more sustainable solutions and deliver on the Well-being of Future Generations Act. This will help us to create a Wales that we all want to live in, now and in the future.
To make sure we are all working towards the same vision, the Act puts in place seven well-being goals.
Sustainable Development Principle and Ways of Working
The Act puts in place a ‘sustainable development principle’ which tells organisations how to go about meeting their duty under the Act.
There are five things that public bodies need to think about to show that they have applied the sustainable development principle. Following these ways of working will help us work together better, avoid repeating past mistakes and tackle some of the long-term challenges we are facing.
Why do we need this law?
Wales faces a number of challenges now and in the future, such as climate change, poverty, health inequalities and jobs and growth. To tackle these we need to work together. To give our children and grandchildren a good quality of life we need to think about how the decisions we make now will impact them. This law will make sure that our public sector does this.
For a summary of the Act see a copy of the booklet ‘The Essentials’.
Cynnal Cymru provides bespoke training on the Act in our ‘ACT NOW, ACT FAST, ACT FACTS‘.
You can find out more about the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act on the the Welsh Government website.