A vision for a Globally Responsible Wales


The Well-being of Future Generations Act (2015) places a duty on Welsh Government and public bodies to work towards the seven inter-connected wellbeing goals. Of these seven goals, only one explicitly recognises Wales’ impact on and relationship with the rest of the world – the Globally Responsible goal.

But we have a long way to go before we can claim to be a globally responsible nation. Wales currently uses far more than its fair share of the earth’s resources (Swaffield et al 2020). We finance harmful practices through investments (UK Divest, undated). Our supply chains are not free from deforestation (Buckland et al, 2021). And not all our relationships with the rest of the world are rooted in partnership and equality (WCIA, 2021).

In order to make better progress, we need everyone involved in delivering the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act to understand the Globally Responsible Wales goal much better (WWF/Welsh Government, 2018). Some identify only the environmental dimension of the goal, or conflate global responsibility with progress on domestic goals like the reduction of poverty in Wales. Until recently, the indicators for this goal have been poorly defined and there are still insufficient milestones in place to drive forward progress. There is also evidence of inconsistency between policy commitments and practice. For example, the International Strategy for Wales places Global Responsibility as a central principle, but some of the actions in the strategy are not aligned with this goal (WCIA, 2022).

The 2020 Wellbeing of Future Generations report recognises these shortcomings and makes a series of recommendations about how Welsh Government and public sector can respond. However, there is still a need for guidance and support for public bodies to take this forward in practice.

In this short paper, we have collected recommendations from organisations across the international sector and used these to present a possible vision of a globally responsible Wales. We also signposts some excellent resources and examples that have already been created to support delivery of the goal; and identify some of the key stakeholders in the international sector in Wales who are involved in these efforts.

Funded by the Well-being of Future Generations Commissioner.

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Peace Education Policy Paper

Peace education supports young people’s education and development as local and global citizens in the context of the Curriculum for Wales. This paper explores:

  • what peace education is
  • the significance of peace education to the new curriculum, the current Programme of Government in Wales and the Well-being of Future Generations Act
  • how peace education makes a difference to your pupils, schools and communities
  • some good practice here in Wales

Peace Education Policy paper

Peace Education mapped to the curriculum


Wiser Wales

Wiser Wales was a three-year project, building on the work that WCIA had been doing since 2004 to develop the Philosophy for Children (P4C) approach in classrooms across Wales.

P4C encourages children to think critically and creatively and also boosts their communication skills. It has been shown to have a profoundly positive impact on behaviour and self-esteem, as pupils are encouraged to air and explore their own views, as well as to listen to and respect those of their peers. In short, P4C helps children to become active, responsible, thinking citizens of the world as well as helping them to achieve their academic goals. The benefits are proven and potentially enormous. That’s why we chose to focus our work in this area!

Our Wiser Wales project, funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Paul Hamlyn Foundation, aimed to raise teachers’ awareness of P4C and to enable them to use the method confidently with pupils of all ages and abilities. P4C can enhance the delivery of all subjects, so we worked with teachers across Wales to develop teaching resources for all Key Stages and various subject areas. By delivering training sessions and practical demonstrations in schools, we hoped to inspire teachers to begin using P4C regularly and effectively in their classrooms.

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Wellbeing of Future Generations Act

The WCIA is contributing to consultations run by the Future Generations Commissioners office to explore how ‘A Globally Responsible Wales’ can be measured across the public sector.