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Sustainable Development Bill – White paper

This consultation explains our plans for legislation to place a Sustainable Development (SD) duty on some organisations in Wales and create a new independent SD body.
Start of consultation: 03/12/2012
End of consultation: 04/03/2013

We committed in the Programme for Government to:

  • legislate to put sustainable development at the core of the Welsh Government and public bodies in Wales; and
  • create an independent sustainable development body for Wales.

We held a consultation earlier this year on our initial proposals for the Bill. We have used those responses to help us develop the proposals set out in this white paper, A Sustainable Wales: Better choices for a better future.

We now want your views on:

  • the proposals for a new duty to embed sustainable development as the central organising principle of selected organisations in Wales;
  • the proposals for an independent sustainable development body;
  • the proposed phasing and implementation of the duty, including the timing for the creation of the independent sustainable development body; and
  • the proposals to improve the accountability framework for sustainable development in Wales.
A series of Consultation events were held throughout Wales. Attached below is a copy of a resource pack should you wish to provide a presentation about the Bill to your colleagues.

The Summary of Consultation Responses to the White Paper was published on May 15th, but gave an incorrect date of issue on the front cover. A new version has now been published showing May as the correct date.