What is Sustainable Development?

Wales is committed to building a sustainable future.

Sustainable development is the process by which we reach the goal of sustainability.  We want to “enable all people throughout the world to satisfy their basic needs and enjoy a better quality of life without compromising the quality of life of future generations” (UK’s shared framework for sustainable development).

For us, putting sustainable development into practice in Wales means enhancing the economic, social,  environmental and cultural well-being of people and communities, achieving a better quality of life for our own and future generations, in ways that:

• Promote social justice and equality of opportunity; and
• Enhance the natural and cultural environment and respect its limits – using only our fair share of the earth’s resources and sustaining our cultural legacy.
• Sustainable development is the process by which we reach the goal of sustainability.