Future Generations Commissioner

Talk by Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales - 20/10/2022

The DCU Centre for Climate and Society will be hosting Sophie Howe, the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, on the St. Patrick's Campus on Thursday 20 October at 11.00am for a public lecture. 

In 2015, the Well-being of Future Generations Act was passed in Wales. The Act requires public bodies to think about the long-term impact of their decisions, to work better with people, communities and each other, and to prevent persistent problems such as poverty, health inequalities and climate change. 

As Commissioner, Sophie Howe has a remit set out in law to be “the guardian of the interests of future generations in Wales”. She provides advice to the Government and other public bodies in Wales on delivering social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being for current and future generations, and assesses and reports on how they are delivering.

Sophie Howe has been the Commissioner since 2016 and has led high profile interventions around transport planning, education reform and climate change, challenging the Government and others to demonstrate how they are taking account of future generations. Her interventions have secured fundamental changes to land use planning policy, major transport schemes and Government policy on housing – ensuring that decisions taken today are fit for the future. She is the world’s only Future Generations Commissioner.

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