Speaking at the WWF Cymru conference in Cardiff yesterday, the Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, John Griffiths AM, announced his personal commitment to propose new legislation to strengthen the Welsh Government’s duty on sustainable development and extend it to the public sector.
The Minister said:
"The legislation we propose will help further our ambition for Wales to be a sustainable, one planet nation, and will build on the significant progress made by the last administration.
"The wording of the legislation will need careful attention, and we need people from across the sustainable development agenda to engage if we are to get it right.
"We are committed to taking forward the sustainable development agenda set out in One Wales: One Planet, and the legislation we propose will be extremely important if we are to secure a better quality of life for the people of Wales now and in the future."
Anne Meikle, Head of WWF Cymru, welcomed the Minister’s announcement. She said:
“The message from our One Planet Wales conference was one of urgency to deal with the challenging agenda of reducing Wales’ carbon footprint and ensuring that sustainability is firmly established across all areas of government and the public sector. The speakers, which included world leaders in climate science and global resource trends, demonstrated that it is critical the Government delivers on this in the next five years.
“WWF Cymru welcomes the Minister’s commitment to creating a sustainable development bill for Wales as this would demonstrate leadership on sustainability.”
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