Sophie Howe and Jane Davidson: The Well-Being of Future Generations Act Annual Review at the Hay Festival


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

Hay Festival 2017

This will be the third time they meet on stage for a review of the Well-Being for Future Generations Act at the Hay Festival. This year, the discussions will focus around the potential for the Act to impact the private sector in Wales as well as considering the impact of Brexit on the future of Wales. It will be held on the Compass Stage on Friday 1st June at 4pm.

Dr Davidson said:  “The Act is still very new, and many people in Wales will not yet be aware of it or the huge opportunity it presents for organisations to make better long term decisions in the interests of the people of Wales. I look forward to exploring with the Commissioner, how a dynamic private sector can contribute to this exciting journey to becoming a more sustainable nation.”

The Wellbeing of Future Generations Act 2015 came into full force in April 2016. It puts a legal responsibility on the Welsh public sector, including Welsh Government, to consider sustainability in all of its actions.  As former Environment Minister, Dr Davidson was the original architect of this Act. Sophie Howe is the first Future Generations Commissioner for Wales.

For the past two years, the yearly review of the Act has focussed upon its conception and implementation, and the way in which 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. The festival’s commitment to sustainability is reflected in the Hay on Earth initiative, an ongoing sustainability project that is part of the festival’s programme of managing and mitigating environmental impacts of the festival.

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