A Future Generations Commissioner for the UK | London, 11 April 2017

Image: (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Códice Tuna Colectivo de Arte / Flickr

Government decision making is often short term, failing to account for the impact on future generations. In policy areas such as climate change, social care, infrastructure and pensions, long-term considerations are often overlooked as short-term political dynamics take priority.

A small number of nations are experimenting with a novel political institution to promote the long-term interests of future generations: Commissioners and Ombudsman for Future Generations. The most recent example is the Commissioner established in Wales in 2016.

This event will explore the potential to establish a UK-wide Commissioner for Future Generations. We will hear from speakers who have intimate knowledge of the work of Commissioners and Ombudsman around the world. Importantly, we will consider the opportunities and challenges to introducing a Commissioner at the UK level and/or within the nations of the UK, building on the pioneering work of the Welsh Government.


  • Peter Davies, formerly the Sustainable Futures Commissioner in Wales
  • Sándor Fülöp, formerly the Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations of Hungary

With provocations from:

  • Victor Anderson, CUSP
  • Andrea Westall, FDSD

The event is organised in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD) and the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) will be taking place at the University of Westminster. The event is free to attend. Please register your seat via Eventbrite.


11 April 2017


The Boardroom
University of Westminster
309 Regents Street
W1B 2UW London

For further questions, please email events@fdsd.org.

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