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Guardian for Future Generations

The Guardian of Future Generations is established by Article 8 of the Sustainable Development Act (Chapter 521), with the aim to safeguard inter-generational and intra-generational sustainable development in Malta. The board is composed of four members: a Chairperson, who is appointed by the Prime Minister, and three members, appointed by the Minister and who respectively have knowledge of and experience in the environmental voluntary organisations sector and environmental matters; in commerce, economy and industry; and, in social and community affairs. 

The Permanent Secretary responsible for Sustainable Development and the Head of the Strategic Policy Secretariat have an observer status on the board. 

The Act stipulates that the Guardian shall convene at least every quarter, and is mandated to: 

a) promote sustainable development advocacy across national policy making, legislation and practices; 

b) develop a scientific research network that could positively contribute towards the sustainability of society; 

c) develop audits of various areas or sectors which are deemed to contribute towards sustainable development; 

d) propose goals and actions to government entities of them to take up in order to contribute towards the goal on sustainable development; 

e) permeate concepts of sustainable development within the private sector; 

f) encourage the participation of non-governmental organisations in sustainable development advocacy; 

g) consider requests from the public as to policy matters which can positively contribute to sustainable development; 

h) to request any government entity to provide data or information or to collect data or information about any topic that could have a bearing on sustainable development; 

i) foster sustainable development principles and actions across Maltese society; and 

j) direct the focus of the competent authority to safeguard future generations. 

Vision Statement:

The Guardian of Future Generations shall endeavour to facilitate closer collaboration between all stakeholders in the pursuit of the right balance between socio-economic development and environmental stewardship in the Maltese Islands.

The Guardian is currently chaired by Chev. Maurice Mizzi, and the board members are Dr Jason Bonnici, Mr Alan Pulis and Mr Joseph Zammit Tabona.