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Minister sets out plans for new sustainable development body

2 December 2010

Jane DavidsonThe Environment Minister, Jane Davidson, has set out plans for a new body, headed by a new ‘Sustainable Futures Commissioner’, combining the functions of SDC Wales and Cynnal Cymru - Sustain Wales, together with an independent secretariat for the Climate Change Commission for Wales.

The proposal is in response to the announcement that the UK government will withdraw funding from the SDC at the end of March 2011.

Speaking at a Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales stakeholder event in Cardiff on 17 November 2010, the Minister listed the key functions she would like the new body to perform: 


  • Enable action on sustainable development, and on tackling climate change 
  • Inform practitioners in all sectors, and to build capacity amongst them, on the solutions needed for sustainable development 
  • Convene stakeholders representing particular sectors or issues, and to develop partnerships to address difficult issues 
  • Advise Ministers in the Assembly Government on the policies required to promote and implement sustainable development, and to tackle climate change, with the new Commissioner continuing to provide an independent commentary on progress within the Sustainable Development Annual Report

Peter Davies, SDC Commissioner for Wales said:

“I very much welcome the Minister’s approach. Wales is taking the lead within the UK in its commitment to impoving the quality of people’s lives and their environment both now and in the long term, which is especially important at a time of austerity.”

“I am obviously saddened at the loss of the Sustainable Development Commission as a UK institution, which has held a strong independent and authoritative role over last 10 years. But the loss of the SDC now presents us with a massive opportunity to create something special in Wales that builds on the platform created by Cynnal Cymru and the SDC, but delivers more than the two organisations, at a lower cost.”

SDC Wales will continue to deliver its work programme under the present arrangements until 31 March 2011.

» Read more details about the new arrangements and a stakeholder consultation (External link)

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