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SDC says charter ‘needs strong and ongoing support’

15 June 2010

Charter launch / lansiad y siarterThe Sustainable Development Commission has signed the Welsh Assembly Government’s new charter for ‘One Planet Living’, and is urging the Welsh Assembly Government to provide ongoing support to ensure its long term success.

The Sustainable Development Charter was launched by the Minister for the Environment, Sustainability and Housing Jane Davidson at the Hay Festival. SDC Wales Commissioner Peter Davies signed the charter on behalf of the Commission, joining 21 other organisations as the first signatories.

Organisations will be asked to sign an annual challenge stating how they will continue to embed sustainable development into their operations. They are also committing to involving and engaging with the people and communities affected by their decisions, so that working in partnership for sustainable development becomes part and parcel of the way they work.

Peter Davies said that the SDC supports the aims of the charter and hopes many other organisations will sign up:

“This has the potential to make a big difference if lots of organisations sign up and make real changes as a result. We can’t take that for granted and it will need strong and ongoing support from the Welsh Assembly Government – it needs to be more than just a launch.

“The charter is part of changing how we do things. In the past, we’ve often suffered from short-termist decisions in Wales which have harmed our health, wellbeing or the environment. Sustainable development, on the other hand, is about giving everyone in Wales a better quality of life and a better environment to live in both now and in the long term.

“This is really important in Wales at the moment. We’re under financial pressure – having to cope with a public spending squeeze while moving out of recession. By signing up to this charter, we’re committing to work smarter and that’s in all our interests in the current financial climate”.

External link – Sustainable Development Charter

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