“We can build a better Bill” – Alliance welcomes Committee report on ‘Future Generations’ law

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PRESS RELEASE, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT ALLIANCE,

An Alliance of nearly 30 Welsh organisations has welcomed a new report [1] by Assembly Members, recommending changes to the Welsh Government’s flagship Well-being of Future Generations Bill.

The Sustainable Development Alliance agrees with the Assembly’s Environment and Sustainability Committee that a number of amendments are needed if the law is to make a real difference.

The Alliance includes environment and development charities, as well as faith and belief, language, community and women’s groups [2]

Responding to the launch of the Committee’s report today, spokesperson for the Sustainable Development Alliance, Haf Elgar said:

“If we get this Bill right it could make a real, positive difference to people and the planet. However, as today’s report shows, it needs to be strengthened to achieve this.

“We are pleased that there is cross-party support for the principles of this legislation, and we support the recommendations made by the committee.

“The Bill should support Welsh bodies to develop sustainably – from recruitment to catering. It should help them make decisions that minimise loss of nature, help reduce climate change, support the Welsh language and support fairer conditions for workers.

“For the Bill to be effective, we need a clear duty on public bodies so that everything they do moves us towards being a more sustainable nation.

“There has to be a comprehensive definition of what sustainable development means, and tackling climate change must be at the heart of the Bill. And the Commissioner must be truly independent, with the powers necessary to stand up for future generations.

“We are confident that with the right amendments, Welsh Government and AMs can build a better Bill. We look forward to working with them to produce a strong and effective law that will help people and the planet, of which Wales can be proud.”

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Editor’s notes:

1.    The Committee report can be found here: http://www.assembly.wales/laid%20documents/cr-ld10023%20-%20environment%20and%20sustainability%20committee%20-%20well-being%20of%20future%20generations%20(wales)%20bill%20stage%201%20committee%20re/cr-ld10023-e.pdf

2.    The members of the Sustainable Development Alliance are:

Christian Aid, CAFOD, Oxfam, WWF, Friends of the Earth Cymru, Bat Conservation Trust, Bevan Foundation, Cynnal Cymru, Disability in Wales and Africa, Fair Trade Wales, Wales International Development Hub, Life for African Mothers, Love Zimbabwe, RSPB Cymru, Stop Climate Chaos Cymru, Tearfund, The Women’s Institute (WI), Welsh Centre for International Affairs, WCVA, Butterfly Conservation Wales, Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg, The Co-operative Cymru/Wales, WSPA, Keep Wales Tidy, Wildlife Trusts Wales, Bees for Development, Ymgyrch Cefnogi Nicaragua Cymru/Wales Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign, Size of Wales

3.      A number of member organisations gave written and oral evidence to the committee as part of its Stage 1 consultation and scrutiny process.

4.    More details on the Alliance can be found at: www.shapingfuturewales.org