National Conversation – The Wales We Want

The Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Jeff Cuthbert AM, has asked the Commissioner for Sustainable Futures, Peter Davies, to pilot a National Conversation on the ‘The Wales We Want’. The aim of the conversation is to hear from the people of Wales and to improve our understanding of the long term issues that future generations might face.  The Minister said, “I want to involve people across Wales in conversations on what are the most important issues for them in improving their lives and those of their families and communities.”

The full statement can be read on the Welsh Government website - Written Statement - The Future Generations Bill – national conversations

The National Conversation is a key proposal for the proposed Future Generations Bill. This Bill will establish an independent statutory Sustainable Futures’ Commissioner, who will produce a report on behalf of future generations, informed by engaging citizens of Wales through periodic conversations.  As the Minister stated:

“We need to understand how the long term trends – demographic, technological, and environmental - will affect our long term goals. The Conversation and subsequent report are intended to set the agenda for the positive action that the devolved public service, in particular, can take.”

Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales is providing key support to Peter Davies on this project and over the coming months will be inviting organisations or groups to host conversations with their community or networks and become ‘Futures Champions’. Full support and resource materials will be provided.

The National Conversations was launched, with the Minister, on 18 February in Cardiff.

If you are interested in joining the Conversation or would like to be a ‘Futures Champion’ and host a conversation with your community, please contact thewaleswewant@cynnalcymru.com or on 02920 192021. 

About the ‘National Conversation’ 

  • The National Conversation is a key proposal for the proposed Future Generations (Wales) Bill (previously the Sustainable Development Bill) which will help tackle the generational challenges Wales faces in a more joined up and integrated way - ensuring Welsh public services make key decisions with the long term well being of Wales in mind. 
  • This Bill will establish an independent statutory Sustainable Futures’ Commissioner, who will produce a report on behalf of future generations, informed by engaging citizens of Wales through periodic conversations.  
  • Ahead of the legislation, a  pilot to produce a report on behalf of Future Generations is being developed to trial approaches on how best to involve communities, business and the public sector.  The National Conversation asks all stakeholders to become ‘Futures Champions’ and contribute ideas on The Wales We Want, looking ahead to 2050, and emphasising that we all have a responsibility in making our country a better place. 

Legislative Timescales:

  • 2012 consultation on the White Paper proposals for legislation
  • 16 July 2013 the First Minister updated the 2011-16 Legislative Programme and included the Welsh Government’s commitment to legislate to make sustainable development the central organising principle of the devolved public service in
  • An interim report will be produced by the Commissioner for Sustainable Futures in June  2014
  • Bill will be introduced in Assembly in Summer 2014
  • Commissioner for Sustainable Futures will present a final report to the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty in March 2015
  • The proposed Future Generations (Wales) Bill is expected to become law in Spring 2015

The Wales We Want: a Welsh Government initiative delivered through Peter Davies, Commissioner for Sustainable Futures, and managed by Cynnal Cymru - Sustain Wales.

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