Wales was one of the first nations in the world to make sustainable development a constitutional duty; we have included it in our laws to show how seriously sustainability is taken. One of the nation's goals is to build a ‘globally responsible Wales’ – making a positive contribution to global well-being.
Wales is forging a strong track record of international collaboration including our Wales for Africa Programme. The infographic below documents our journey since becoming one of the first nations in the world to have a constitutional duty on sustainable development.
The ground-breaking Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 created a ‘sustainable development principle’ that embeds sustainable development at the centre of our decision making - ensuring that the needs of the present are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This means that public bodies must set and publish how they will contribute to achieving the 7 well-being goals identified in the Act. The introduction of the Act also meant Wales was the first nation in the world to legislate for the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.