Taking Wales Forward Welsh Government’s Well-being Objectives (2016)

Llywodraeth Cymru - Welsh Government

November 2016

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  1. In Taking Wales Forward we set out the four areas where the Welsh Government can make the biggest difference to the lives of the people of Wales, now and in the future. Our aim is to create a
    Wales that is:

    1. Prosperous and Secure;
    2. Healthy and Active;
    3. Ambitious and Learning; and
    4. United and Connected.
  2. It is across these four areas that we can contribute most to the seven well-being goals set out in the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act, (referred to as ‘the Act’) to make Wales a
    prosperous, resilient, healthier, more equal and globally responsible country with cohesive communities, a vibrant culture and a thriving Welsh language. These four areas have formed the basis for our well-being objectives.
  3. This is about keeping Wales on a sustainable development path, a process of improving the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales by taking action, in accordance
    with the sustainable development principle. It is a way of doing things, to guide how we and other specified public bodies take amore integrated and collaborative approach to decision making
    which takes account of the long term and consistently looks at preventing problems.
  4. We are not alone in trying to do things differently. On 1 January 2016, the world officially began implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – the transformative plan of action based on seventeen United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – to address urgent global challenges over the next 15 years. It is through the new Act that Wales will make its contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
  5. The publication of Taking Wales Forward was the first step in a process that will see us work differently in delivering the spirit of the Act. It marks the beginning of a period in which we will consider in greater detail how, through collaboration and involvement, we can work together to deliver our priorities in a sustainable way.
  6. To drive forward delivery we will develop four cross-cutting national strategies, Prosperous and Secure, Ambitious and Learning, Healthy and Active, and United and Connected, reflecting the four areas of Taking Wales Forward. This will allow us to consider how we can maximise the impact of everything that we do, using the strategies as a practical and real opportunity to drive delivery and live the spirit of the Act.