Publications

We produce reports and briefings, and commission short pieces or provocations to stimulate debate, enable people to air their opinions and suggest solutions.

We also produce a newsletter for interested people worldwide, bringing together our latest work and providing wider information and international examples.

In order to influence ongoing decision-making, FDSD produces submissions and letters in response to national and international consultations, and raises issues directly, either by ourselves or with partners. We also produce event summaries of some of our most important activities.

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Provocation

An Opportunity for Transformational Change: A Provocation on the Potential for a Future Generations Commissioner for the UK

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In response to the provocations by Peter Davies and Sándor Fülöp at the FDSD event 'A Future Generations Commissioner for the UK', Andrea Westall argues that we need to think beyond institutions in isolation. While Commissioners may have an important role to play, we need to be creative in developing governance structures that promote long-term thinking at all levels.

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Future Generations Commissioners: Learning Lessons from Wales

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In this provocation, Peter Davies offers personal reflections on his role in the development of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales within the broader story of the journey of devolution – a journey that started with the duty to promote sustainable development in the initial Government of Wales Act. His role in this story begins in 2006 when he was appointed to the UK Sustainable Development Commission as Commissioner for Wales.

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The Necessity and Powers of Future Generations Organisations

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The imminent ecological crises and our consumer society's lack of receptivity to this bad news mean that an independent, authentic voice is needed to represent the interests of future generations. In this provocation, Sándor Fülöp draws on his experience as Hungarian Ombudsman to explain the necessity and powers of a future generations organisation.

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Event Summary

Giving Tomorrow’s Citizens A Voice Today

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Does the United Kingdom need a Commissioner for Future Generations? What would that role look like and how could we set it up? Participants at an event in April 2017, hosted by FDSD in in partnership with the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity and the Centre for the Study of Democracy suggest there is room for an ombudsman-type role to represent the interests of unborn generations, and identify three possible roads towards it.

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How can the Interests of Future Generations be Protected in the UK Political System?

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In response to the provocations by Peter Davies and Sándor Fülöp at the FDSD event ‘A Future Generations Commissioner for the UK‘, Victor Anderson reminds us that there are a variety of approaches to safeguarding the interests of future generations. Our focus can be on any of the three different traditional branches of government in the UK: the executive, legislature, and judiciary.

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Report

Implications of the Budapest Water Summit 2016 for water governance and democracy

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The theme of the Budapest Water Summit 2016 was that Water Connects across all of sustainable development and across geographies. But to ensure against future conflict and scarcity, the messages and recommendations from the event also highlighted how we need to rethink and create governance models within and across countries.

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Can participation improve environmental governance? Lessons from European water management

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  It is increasingly argued that involving stakeholders and the wider public in planning and decision making leads to more effective environmental governance. But the impact of such participatory planning in practice remains unclear. In this report, the authors compare the impact of different approaches to participatory planning under the European Water Framework Directive (WFD)...

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Provocation

Economics is for Everyone! | Provocation by Graham Smith

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The economy is an area of decision-making fiercely protected by experts and politicians from public participation. But public confidence in this closed policy community is waning and arguments for democratic participation in an area that so profoundly shapes all our lives are growing. Against this backdrop, the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) has launched an...

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Submission to the UK’s Environmental Audit Committee inquiry into the UK’s domestic implementation of the SDGs

In September 2016, we responded to the Environmental Audit Committee’s inquiry: The sustainable development goals in the UK. You can find our submission on the EAC website. We argued that currently Whitehall is not publicly stating, acknowledging or realising the potential of the SDGs to address the UK’s future and current challenges. The EU Referendum...

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