Cymru Can: our Vision and Purpose
Cymru Can sets out our new strategy for 2023 – 2030 and our long-term vision.
It summarises the approach we intend to take over the next seven years, gives an overview of the way we’ll work and outlines how we’ll measure our impact.
Read our methodology report for Cymru Can.
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Cymru is a better place to live and has a bright and optimistic future – thriving, inclusive and green.
Together we have protected the interests of those not yet born. Well-being and long-term thinking are at the heart of decision-making. Cymru Can.
We are a voice for future generations, acting today for a better tomorrow. We advise and challenge, holding decision makers to account. We inspire, convene, and mobilise for maximum impact.
Together with others, we are growing a movement for change – putting long-term thinking and a future focus at the heart of everything we do.
Cymru Can summarises the approach we intend to take over the next seven years towards achieving this vision. It sets out our five missions:
- Implementation and Impact
- Climate and Nature
- Health and Well-being
- Culture and Welsh Language
- A Well-being Economy
We also identified topics, themes or systems that connect all our missions, such as the food system, artificial intelligence and digital, which we will explore in more detail.
We’re taking a ‘Theory of Change’ approach to planning our missions, which means we’re making clear links between what we do, and what we want to achieve (our impact).
Through delivering these, we will be able to tackle issues that people are concerned about like the health of our rivers, the housing shortage, ongoing inequality, and the cost-of-living crisis. And we will draw on the knowledge, insights and contacts that we have built during 2016-2023.
The WFG Act is broad in scope, and the Cymru Can approach is designed to ensure we can focus our work where it can be most effective. It doesn’t mean we won’t be involved elsewhere in areas not covered in this strategy, but that our missions will be where most of our resources will go and where we think we can have the most impact.
We will shift resources to increase our engagement and expert advice to public bodies, in a way that recognises the pressures that they are under, to ensure that those who must apply the WFG Act have the awareness, understanding, confidence and tools they need to do it.
We’ll review and measure our approach as we go, involving others to make sure that we are always achieving the biggest impact we can with our resources.
Over the next few months, we will be joining forces with organisations and people who can help us achieve our missions. If you would like to be involved in this work, please email us at email@example.com
Every day, we work towards our vision, underpinned by a set of core shared values:
We are Inclusive; Bold; Open; Supportive and Optimistic.
Find more information on our values and culture here.
The Well-being of Future Generations Act is about improving lives now, next year, in 25, 50, 100 years into the future – and more.
As we seek to rebuild the system today, we must do it in a way that helps everyone’s tomorrow.
It’s a challenge, but an essential one, and the benefits will be huge for each and every one of us.
Derek Walker | Future Generations Commissioner for Wales
Involvement is at the heart of the Well-being of Future Generations Act. Since the creation of the Future Generations Commissioner in 2016, our office has involved thousands of people to support and inform our work. Some of the involvement projects we have undertaken to date include
We will make it our mission to ensure the Well-being of Future Generations Act is applied effectively and with ambition in a way that improves the lives of the people of Wales now and in the future.
Implementation and Impact
We will make it our mission to ensure all Welsh public bodies achieve their net zero and nature positive goals by 2030. As a result, public bodies are leading action on climate change including adaptation, in a way that reduces inequalities and maximises the benefits to people and communities across Wales.
Climate and Nature
We will make it our mission to facilitate a transformation in the way we keep people healthy, with a greater focus on prevention and the long term. As a result, public bodies are working together to tackle the root causes of ill health and addressing health inequalities.
Health and Well-being
We will make it our mission to reinforce the positive impact of cultural well-being. As a result, public bodies are making the urgent changes needed to promote culture and creativity, enhance the fabric of communities and promote multi-culturalism and the Welsh language.
Culture and Welsh Language
We will make it our mission to help transition Wales to an economy that puts people and planet first. As a result, governments at all levels, communities and business are making this happen.
A Well-being Economy
From farm to fork, food is critical to achieving Wales’ well-being goals for the health of our people and our planet.
Area of Focus: Food
There are 48 public bodies in Wales covered by the Act who are required to carry out sustainable development
We provide advice, assistance and support to people on the Well-being of Future Generations Act in a variety of ways.
Providing advice and assistance to public bodies and PSBs
The Commissioner is required to monitor and assess the extent to which such public bodies are meeting their well-being objectives are being met. This duty seeks to ensure public bodies are moving closer to their objectives and contributing to the national well-being goals. Every five years, the Commissioner must publish an overall assessment and recommendations for improvement in a Future Generations Report.
Monitoring and Assessing
The work we do in Wales continues to inspire organisations and governments internationally.
Public bodies in Wales spend over £6 billion each year procuring a range of goods, services and works; this represents nearly a third of total devolved Welsh annual expenditure, and it is estimated that over the next decade Welsh public services will spend over £60 billion.
We have the opportunity to create a better Wales for current and future generations.
A Fit for the Future Programme for Government
Our younger generations are calling out the failures of past decisions, and sadly, often decisions in the continuing present that fail to take into account their futures – embarrassing, perhaps, but necessary.
Manifesto for the Future
Some of the biggest changes often begin on a local level. At such an important – and difficult – time for the world, Wales has the opportunity in the May local elections to do its bit to create a better future for all. This is a significant election too, as 16 and 17 year olds will have the opportunity to vote for their local representatives for the first time.