Role and Responsibilities
The Office of the Commissioner
The Office of the Commissioner adopts an approach that is responsive to stakeholder concerns as well as scientific evidence. It seeks ownership and commitment from the public, private and community sector to a long-term plan for the future of Gibraltar.
It works towards:
Informing our Future:
- Horizon scanning and foresight work
- Creating opportunities for communities to define preferred futures
- Identifying strategies and actions that can deliver preferred futures
- Commissioning expert assessments and reports
Policy and Commitment Making:
- Seeking an explicit statement of policy intent from government and policymakers
- Defining duties for public bodies
- Embedding commitment in public body’s strategic and operational plans;
- Identifying targets and mapping pathways for the progress across public bodies
- Support business, community and other stakeholder groups to define and take forward commitments
Creating Tools, Support and Incentives to Act:
- Developing policy briefs
- Creating future generations accounting mechanisms (Intergenerational Impact)
- Building capability through education, communication and learning
- Celebrating and showcasing good practice
- Defining and sharing learning with others
Developing Accountability Mechanisms:
- Reporting on the progress and targets being met
- Ensure Parliament have the necessary information to discuss and debate progress
- Establish an expert advisory panel
- Explore the role of innovative deliberative political processes such as citizens assemblies
The Commissioner’s role is to act as a guardian for the future by advocating for long-term thinking; encouraging joined-up planning; creating a culture of responsibility, accountability and learning; as well as challenging business as usual.
The Commissioner, Prof Daniella Tilbury, was appointed on the 1st June 2018 with a mandate to advance sustainable development in Gibraltar. Professor Tilbury holds a PhD in sustainable development from the University of Cambridge (1993) and has been recognised, through various international awards and honours, for her expertise and tangible contribution to advancing sustainable development.
She seeks to engage people in thinking about their choices and the impact these have on quality of life issues and on future generations living on the Rock. She contributes to change by informing, influencing and reporting on progress towards sustainable development.
Her remit also extends to public bodies, education, health, finance, insurance and the sport community as she supports changes towards more responsible services.