UWTSD’s Dr Jane Davidson and Sophie Howe, the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales to reunite on stage at this year’s Hay Festival


UWTSD’s Dr Jane Davidson, Pro Vice-Chancellor for External Engagement and Sustainability and Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales will reunite on stage at this year’s Hay Festival. 

Sophie Howe and Jane Davidson

Entitled, ‘ONE YEAR IN–MAKING PROGRESS?’  - The session on Friday, June 2 at 1pm on the Starlight Stage, will examine how much progress has been made during the first year of implementation of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. The Act came into force in April 2016. It puts a legal responsibility on the Welsh public sector, including the Welsh Government, to improve the economic, social environmental and cultural well-being of Wales by taking action, in accordance with the sustainable development principles.  As former Environment Minister, Dr Davidson was the original architect of this Act. Sophie Howe is the first Future  Generations Commissioner for Wales.

Dr Davidson and Sophie Howe first shared a stage at last year’s Hay Festival to discuss the implementation of the Act. This will be an opportunity to catch up on its delivery so far, with questions from Dr Davidson and the audience on the Act that requires public bodies within Wales to ensure that they make decisions that meet the needs of current and future generations.

The ethos of the Hay Festival fits with the purpose of the Act to improve the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales. The Festival offers immense cultural and artistic value to Wales and links to the importance of cultural well-being, which is recognised in the Act. 

Dr Davidson said: "The Act is the first piece of legislation in the world which enshrines the UN's Sustainable Development Goals into a country's legislation. Wales is therefore a global pioneer in committing to actively consider the needs of future generations in how the public services that touch all of our lives are delivered. This is both very exciting and very challenging. 

"In my second annual conversation with Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, I will be exploring how she is helping organisations deliver on the primary purpose of the Act to improve Wales' social, economic, environmental and cultural wellbeing. What does delivering on the Act successfully look like? What will the Act make unacceptable?  Do you have a question for the Commissioner? If so, come along to the Starlight Stage at the Hay Festival on June 2 at 1pm. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions from the audience."

Sophie Howe said: "I’m excited to be back at Hay Festival with Jane marking the first anniversary of the Act and my term in office. People have been very clear in the challenges they see ahead but extremely positive about the opportunities to tackle these.

"It’s been a busy 12 months building relationships with the 44 public bodies covered by the Act, and hundreds more public, private and third sector organisations who are inspired by what Wales can achieve. 

"Another landmark is the completion of the Well-Being assessments by all of the Public Service Boards who have working towards developing a picture of economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of their communities which my team. 

"Following an ongoing conversation with individuals and organisations I will be publishing my priorities for the next years and how I see we can make the fundamental but essential changes to ensure that our children and grand-children’s future will be healthier and happier."

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