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Welsh public help shape future for next generation in new report

Around 7,000 people throughout Wales have contributed to the report Photo: PA

A pilot report on what Welsh people want for the next generation has been launched today.

Around 7,000 people throughout Wales have become involved in identifying wide-ranging environmental, social and economic issues which will impact on the country’s future.

The report is a response to a national conversation started over a year ago by actor Michael Sheen.

He's expected to give a speech to the annual Sustainable Development Charter conference in Cardiff later today.

'The Wales We Want' conversation is similar to a global initiative by the United Nations, designed to meet the aspirations of all citizens.

Michael Sheen started the discussion on Welsh issues a year ago Credit: PA

People were asked what sort of Wales they want for their children and grandchildren.

Responses received have now helped shape the 'Well-being of Future Generations Bill'.

The report highlighted that children need to get the best start in life from very early years – better opportunities with the skills and education.

The survey also showed climate change as the single most important issue facing future generations.

Investment in growing local economies and creating new jobs was also given high priority.

Michael Sheen has described the report as "hugely encouraging”.

The pilot National Conversation has been a journey that exceeded our expectations and an opportunity to look beyond the short-term pressures of everyday life and to discuss the nation we want to leave for future generations. Through the Conversation we have identified seven foundation values on which we can build a better future. The Conversation and the Report also emphasises that it is not simply government's responsibility to make it happen – we each have a part to play.

– Peter Davies, Future Generations Commissioner

This conversation has been all about finding out what kind of Wales people want to see, both now and in the future. People across Wales have been coming together to talk about the issues facing them, their families and their communities. The views expressed by people in the Wales We Want report are at the heart of the Well-being of Future Generations Bill currently being debated in the National Assembly.

– Carl Sargeant, Minister for Natural Resources