The definition of sustainable development created by Gro Harlem Brundtland in her treatise “Our Common Future” has been adopted around the world and remains the most eloquent statement of the basic imperative behind COP26.


“Sustainable development is development that meets

the needs of the present without compromising the
ability of future generation to meet their own needs.”

Our Common Future.pdf

The Welsh government was the first in the world to include sustainability in its constitution. Recently the Senedd has passed a Well-being of Future Generations Act

with the support of all political parties. This requires the publication of annual reports reflecting the government’s response, through its public bodies, to recommendations from the new Future Generations Commissioner and the Auditor General.

Clearly this is a model for emulation by other countries.