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Sophie Howe, Chair of NIFG at the UN High Level Political Forum in New York, July 2018

Sophie Howe, Chair of NIFG at the UN High Level Political Forum in New York, July 2018

"A voice for future generations across the world is crucial" says the Chair of NIFG at her visit to the UN

I was fortunate to be asked to contribute to the UN High Level Political Forum this July. The topic of discussion was ‘Leaving no one behind’, and specifically these United Nations Sustainable development goals:


·       Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

·       Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

·       Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

·       Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

·       Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

·       Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, that will be considered each year.


Progress is being made on a number of the goals across the world, but it is important to ensure that progress is being felt equally. We already know that climate change is already having and will continue to have the biggest impact on the poorest parts of the world. We also know that living in poverty also has impacts on your physical and mental health, access to food, and education. And whilst these can sometimes seem like problems on the other side of the world, we know that cycles of poverty and the subsequent problems for health and well-being pass from one generation to the next.


I am making the case for the UN to consider future generations in their work, adding to the call for action from former Irish Prime Minister and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson(featured on the photo above), who is working hard to get the UN to appoint global guardians. She was very interested in finding out more about the work we do and I was very pleased to meet her and fill her in. There is an opportunity for NIFG and Wales to work with Mary to strengthen her case as well as raising our profile.


Sophie Howe

Chair of NIFG

Future Generations Commissioner for Wales


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