Legislating for sustainable development

Focus: Mitigation
Sector(s): Carbon reduction / Low-carbon transition

In 1998 Wales became one of the first countries in the world to have sustainable development written into its founding legislation. Since then much progress has been made to making Wales a more sustainable nation.  To further advance sustainable development in Wales, the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act places sustainable development as the central organizing principle of the public sector. It sets ambitious and long-term sustainable development goals for a prosperous, resilient, healthier, more equal Wales with cohesive communities a vibrant culture and global responsibility. This legislation will allow for stronger, more sustainable governance in the long term.

Name of government: Welsh Government
Country: United Kingdom
Population: 3.064.000 (2011)
Area: 20761 km²
Head of Government First Minister Carwyn Jones
Current term  01.05.11 – 01.05.16
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