The Challenges

  1.  How could Wales feed itself by 2035?   
  1. How could Wales meet energy needs by 2035 whilst phasing out fossil fuels?     
  1. How could Wales heat and build homes and workplaces by 2035?    
  1. How could people and places be connected across Wales by 2035?   
  1. What could education, jobs and work, look like across Wales by 2035?  

Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act  

The 7 Goals:  

  • A prosperous Wales:  An innovative, productive and low carbon society which recognises the limits of the global environment and therefore uses resources efficiently and proportionately (including acting on climate change); and which develops a skilled and well-educated population in an economy which generates wealth and provides employment opportunities, allowing people to take advantage of the wealth generated through securing decent work.  
  • A resilient Wales: A nation which maintains and enhances a biodiverse natural environment with healthy functioning ecosystems that support social, economic and ecological resilience and the capacity to adapt to change (for example climate change).  
  • A healthier Wales: A society in which people’s physical and mental well-being is maximised and in which choices and behaviours that benefit future health are understood.  
  • A more equal Wales: A society that enables people to fulfil their potential no matter what their background or circumstances (including their socio economic background and circumstances).  
  • A Wales of cohesive communities: Attractive, viable, safe and well-connected communities.  
  • A Wales of vibrant culture and thriving Welsh language: A society that promotes and protects culture, heritage and the Welsh language, and which encourages people to participate in the arts, and sports and recreation.  
  • A globally responsible Wales: A nation which, when doing anything to improve the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales, takes account of whether doing such a thing may make a positive contribution to global well-being. 

The 5 Ways of Working:

  • Long term – The importance of balancing short-term needs with the need to safeguard the ability to also meet long-term needs. 
  • Prevention – How acting to prevent problems occurring or getting worse may help organisations meet their objectives 
  • Integration – Considering how the well-being objectives may impact upon each of the well-being goals, on their other objectives, or on the objectives of other bodies. 
  • Collaboration – Acting in collaboration with any other person (or different parts of the organisation itself) that could help it to meet its well-being objectives 
  • Involvement – The importance of involving people with an interest in achieving the well-being goals, and ensuring that those people reflect the diversity of the area which the organisation  serves. 

Our Domains:

Crosscutting themes that the Group AIMS to consider as part of each challenge
  • Finance – what is the role of finance in delivering the changes identified within this Challenge?   
  • Engagement & Communication – what are the opportunities for engaging Welsh society? How should we communicate the vision for this Challenge?  
  • Just Transition – what is needed to ensure the changes identified within this Challenge lead to a Just Transition? Are the changes identified going to lead to a more equal Wales?   
  • Education & Skills – what are the future skills requirements to enable this change? What is the role for education in driving this change?  
  • Futureproofing – will the changes identified lead to any perverse outcomes that are not aligned with the goals of the WFG Act? Are there any emergent/longer term issues associated with this Challenge we should consider  
  • Governance & Legal – what reserved policy changes and/or additional devolved powers are needed to deliver the changes identified? What governance and institutional changes are needed in Welsh Government and associated public bodies?    
  • Psychology & Behaviour – how can the required behaviour changes needed to delivered?  What is the role for changes in worldviews and values in enabling the change?  
  • Circular economy – how could we apply circular thinking to this challenge? Are we creating potential resource challenges?   
  • International impacts – what are the implications for carbon leakage/offshoring of externalities in the changes we have identified?   
  • Environment – what are the opportunities to enhance ecosystems and their resilience, including through nature-based solutions? What are the opportunities to enhance marine and terrestrial ecosystems and their resilience, including their role in providing nature-based solutions?