Delivering Prudent Healthcare in Wales »Prudent healthcare principles ensure patients receive the most appropriate treatments to achieve mutually-agreed goals.Learn more »
First Minister expresses pride in Team Wales as Commonwealth Games begin
The First Minister has sent a good luck message to Team Wales for the Commonwealth Games
- Minister visits North Wales Fire and Rescue Authority
- Canadian hi-tech opens R&D centre in Wales
Featured Article »Landmark Social Services law receives Royal Assent
- First Minister expresses pride in Team Wales as Commonwealth Games begin
In this section
- Business and economy
- Children and young people
- Culture and sport
- Education and skills
- Environment and countryside
- Equality and diversity
- Health and social care
- Renting Homes – Illustrative Model Contract
- Registration fees for the education workforce in Wales
- Consultation on Draft Technical Advice Note (TAN) 1: Joint Housing Land Availability Studies (JHLAS)
- Statutory Guidance to the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales in relation to the salaries of Local Authority Chief Executives
- Legislative proposals for Additional Learning Needs – White paper
- The Ireland Wales Cooperation Programme 2014-2020
Featured consultation »Draft Technical Advice Note 1: Joint Housing Land Availability Studies
77 days left
Section highlightThe Gender-based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill
The Bill aims to improve the Public Sector response in Wales to gender-based violence, domestic abuse and sexual violence.
Legislative programme 2013 - 2014 »
The First Minister detailed the 8 bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the 3rd year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightProject pipeline update - June 2014
Our pipeline provides visibility of infrastructure investment activity across Wales.
1st Supplementary Budget 2014-15 »
The 1st Supplementary Budget proposes a number of changes to the Final Budget for 2014-15, which was published in December 2013.Learn more »
- Statistics & Research
Upcoming calendar »
See the schedule for all statistics and research releases.View upcoming calendar »
About this topic
Sustainable development is about getting on the right long-term path to develop Wales. We want to maximise wellbeing and quality of life now and for future generations, whilst living within environmental limits. We are one of only a few governments to have a legal duty to sustainable development.
We have made sustainable development our central organising principle. This means we put it at the heart of everything we do and the decisions we make. All our decisions:
- promote long–term wellbeing of people and communities;
- integrate economic, social and environmental issues; and
- involve the people who will be affected.
We want to move towards becoming a sustainable nation by:
- Improving the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of people and communities. The aim is to achieve a better quality of life for us and future generations;
- Promoting fair, safe and sustainable communities, social justice and equal opportunities for all; and
- Supporting the management of our natural and cultural environment, using our fair share of resources, and sustaining our cultural legacy.
We will measure how we’re doing through our Headline Indicators which show our progress.
The indicators are:
- Sustainable resource use – which we will measure using Wales’ Ecological Footprint;
- Sustaining the environment – the percentage of our rarest species and habitats that are stable or increasing;
- A sustainable economy - Gross Value Added (GVA) and GVA per head;
- A sustainable society - percentage of the population in low-income households; and
- Wellbeing - measuring people’s overall life satisfaction and reflecting their physical and mental health and their overall satisfaction with their quality of life.
We publish a report each year to show the progress that we’ve made.