[:en]A global community of policy-makers and institutions serving to safeguard the needs of future generations are meeting in Cardiff, Wales for a two-day conference on how to implement a sustainability agenda, for now, and the future. The conference comes at a time when sustainable development goals are being agreed for the first time, and as ground-breaking legislation to safeguard the interests of future generations becomes law in Wales. Discussions will focus on how to reorient decision-making processes towards the long term, while showcasing some of the successes around the world where future generations are considered alongside the needs of the present.
Keynote speakers include Nikhil Seth, Director of the Division for Sustainable Development at the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs; Julie Gelfand, Canadian Commissioner of Environment and Sustainable Development; and Dr Maryam Niamir-Fuller, Special Advisor to the Executive Director on Post-2015 and the Sustainable Development Goals with the UN Environment Programme.
The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 is the first legislation of its kind, securing in law a set of well-being goals for Wales and strengthening public service governance arrangements – ensuring that present needs are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own.
The Welsh Minister for Natural Resources Carl Sargeant said;
“In a year where the 70th UN General Assembly will culminate in the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals with targets for all countries up until 2030, this conference is about sharing best practice from countries and institutions around the world. As the global community is creating a shared vision for the World We Want, we are securing, in law, actions towards securing the Wales We Want.[:]