Today we published the fifth annual Wellbeing of Wales report, providing insight on the state of the nation and the progress that’s being made against the seven wellbeing goals.
Six years on from the Well-being of Future Generations Act 2015, we have taken stock within each chapter of not only what we have learned over the last year, but also an assessment of the long term progress towards the goals using the 46 national indicators and other data.
The Future Trends Report 2021 will feature ‘Planetary Health and Limits’ as a key driver of change for Wales’ well-being. Within this, climate change has become an independent driver of changes to our economy, society and environment, exacerbating existing risks. We are therefore pleased that our first guest blog is written by Miriam Kennedy, Senior Analyst at the Climate Change Committee, on how climate change will impact Wales’ future.
In June 2021, the Climate Change Committee published its 3rd Independent Assessment of UK Climate Risk (CCRA3), a comprehensive assessment of the priority risks and opportunities facing the UK from climate change. The report draws on an extensive programme of analysis, consultation and consideration by the Committee involving over 450 people, 130 organisations and more than 1,500 pages of evidence and analysis, compiled over three years.
In the first of our blog posts on Future Trends we introduced why thinking about the future is important in planning and decision-making and how the Future Trends Report, along with other tools, can help you do this.
In this post we want to share more about the structure of the Report and provide an initial overview of the key themes emerging in the trends, and drivers of change it will feature. Over the coming months, ahead of publication, we will provide more detailed narratives of specific trends emerging around these themes. By doing this we hope the blog can be a space to continue and encourage discussions about the opportunities and challenges facing Wales in the future.
It is impossible to ignore the changes we have experienced over the last 18 months and the different light the pandemic has shone on what contributes to the wellbeing of Wales. As a result, we’re looking at whether this experience has highlighted any gaps in the way we measure progress towards our well-being goals.
Welcome to the blog. This is the first in a series of posts from the Welsh Government on some of the steps we’re taking to improve the well-being of future generations in Wales and how you can be a part of this.
The aim of this blog is to share with you the work we’re doing on developing National Milestones, updating National Indicators and developing a Future Trends Report. These are three important parts of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 that tell us about the progress we’re making towards our well-being goals and any challenges we might face on the way.