Posted: Mon 2nd Mar 2015

The ‘Wales We Want Report’ reveals what we want for our future generations.

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This article is old - Published: Monday, Mar 2nd, 2015

The Wales We Want‘ report follows a conversation with 7,000 people across Wales.
Deeside AM and Minister for Natural Resources, Carl Sargeant has today welcomed a report looking at how a pioneering Welsh Government Bill can best set the platform for a Wales fit for future generations.
 

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Around 7,000 people throughout Wales have become involved in identifying wide-ranging environmental, social and economic issues which will impact on the country’s future generations.
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The response to a National Conversation on ‘The Wales We Want’ has been welcomed as “hugely encouraging” by Michael Sheen, the acclaimed Welsh actor and UNICEF UK ambassador, who launched the initiative a year ago.
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Carl Sargeant AM  said:

“We are the first country to attempt this kind of Bill and it’s vital that we get it right for the good of this and future generations in Wales. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“It’s fantastic to see that the report and the thousands of people who have been involved in this conversation are supportive both of the principles and the detail already in the Bill. It’s also pleasing to note the recommendations, which will inform further amendments to the Bill to strengthen it and ensure that it achieves its aim. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“To this end, adding a seventh goal, ‘A globally responsible Wales’, means that public bodies must take account of the contribution they are making to global well-being. This reinforces our position as global pioneers in terms of sustainable development, something which has already been acknowledged and commended by the UN.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The report highlights the overwhelming message that children need to get the best start in life from very early years – better opportunities with the skills, education and knowledge needed to encourage an independent thinking next generation of ‘Futures Leaders’ and ‘Community Champions.’ ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

It tasks Public Service Boards with early interventions, through environmental and nutritional factors, to bring a positive impact on children’s life chances, improving health, self-confidence and ambition. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The Wales We Want survey highlighted climate change as the single most important issue facing future generations, while the collation of overall responses in all forms of the Conversation made environment the main area of concern. Investment in growing local economies and creating new jobs is given high priority.

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Peter Davies, Sustainable Futures Commissioner, said: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“The pilot National Conversation has been a journey that exceeded our expectations and an opportunity to look beyond the short-term pressures of everyday life and to discuss the nation we want to leave for future generations.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Through the Conversation we have identified seven foundation values on which we can build a better future. The Conversation and the Report also emphasises that it is not simply government’s responsibility to make it happen – we each have a part to play.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

 Download the report here: The Wales We Want ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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