UWTSD’s Dr Jane Davidson hosts talk by Future Generations Commissioner Sophie Howe at Hay Festival


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was pleased to host a talk by Sophie Howe, the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales at the Hay Festival this year. The event was chaired by Dr Jane Davidson, the university’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for Sustainability and External Engagement and Director of INSPIRE, who has been instrumental in ensuring that sustainability is embedded in the core principles of the University.

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The talk was called ‘One Year In – Making Progress?’ and fell on the first anniversary of the implementation of the Wellbeing of the Future Generations Act. Sophie Howe was discussing her first year as the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, talking about some of the successes and challenges that the team has encountered as they begin to implement the legislation. She talked about the 44 public bodies who are covered by the Act and the ways in which some of them had already used the legislation to make sustainability more of a priority. She also discussed some of the results of the Well-Being Assessments that the office have been carrying out with all of the Public Service Boards. 

Dr Davidson hosted the event in her capacity as a Pro Vice-Chancellor for Sustainability but also as the original architect of the legislation when she was the Assembly Minister with the portfolio for Sustainability. She emphasised that Wales is the first country with an Act in place to take a systems approach to sustainability in public services and that in doing so, the Commissioner has an opportunity to make a positive contribution to the worldwide discussion on sustainability.  She 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.” 

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