How do we catalyze the most impactful and coordinated actions to ensure effective implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Canada?
This was the driving question behind WGSI's Generation SDG Summit. At an Advisory Workshop (November 12-14, 2017) and the Generation SDG Summit (April 22-25, 2018), contributors explored what resources, planning strategies and accountability structures communities in Canada will need to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
WHY CANADA & THE SDGS?
In 2015, the 193 Member States of the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This set of 17 goals aim to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all by 2030. While the predecessor of the SDGs, the Millennium Development Goals, were focused on improving lives and livelihoods in developing states, the SDGs are intended for everyone everywhere – including Canada.
Canada, as a self-proclaimed global leader in climate change action, Indigenous reconciliation, sustainable development, human rights, social justice, racial tolerance, and freedom of speech and assembly — and a prosperous country with enviable economic and social stability — is as well positioned a nation as any in the world to approach the SDGs in a proactive fashion. At home, implementation of the goals can transform multiple aspects of Canadian society. Abroad, Canada can — through its own examples — help foster the international collaborations necessary to mobilize enabling policy and sustainable finance channels at the global scale.
However, while an enormous amount of research has been carried out across the SDGs, there remain many questions and uncertainties about how best to tackle them. A coherent and widely shared national narrative and calls to action — and line of sight on clear pathways for collaboration — are essential to help catalyse the most impactful and coordinated actions to ensure effective implementation of the SDGs in Canada. Accelerating solutions that service the SDGs will require unprecedented cross-sectoral collaboration and innovative approaches to a host of issues by a host of state and non-state actors. This is why WGSI convened the Generation SDG Summit from April 22-25, 2018. By bringing together a multi-disciplinary, multi-sectoral and multi-generational group of people working on the SDGs in Canada we want to build on the work they are already doing to build a robust ecosystem for implementation at home and abroad.
Recap Generation SDG
Recap the Generation Summit through blog entries, photos, and video of public lectures. Includes the opening ceremony featuring a keynote address by Dr. Katharine Wilkinson of Project Drawdown, a special lecture by Dr. Ingrid Waldron of Dalhousie University on environmental racism and the politics of waste, closing ceremony featuring remarks from Her Honour the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and and engaging panel on advancing financing for the SDGs.
Since the Summit
Follow along as we begin work on the the Generation SDG Blueprint and engage in a series of impact activities aimed at making the recommendations made at the Summit a reality.
The Generation SDG Communiqué captures some of the preliminary thoughts that emerged from the Generation SDG Summit (April 24-27, 2018) and includes:
- Policy recommendations
- Strategies for communities to map their existing ecosystems and develop robust community plans
- Accountability frameworks
- Principles for partnerships and innovation to achieve the SDGs
GENERATION SDG BRIEF
The Generation SDG Brief serves as a summary of WGSI’s Generation SDG initiative to date and our understanding of the SDG landscape in Canada as we headed into the Summit. It features:
- Four lenses for evaluating the SDGs
- A call for action to develop a subnational framewok
- A summary of other SDG activities happening in Canada
GENERATION SDG AND THE MEDIA
In order to support journalistic investigations into sustainability issues WGSI contributes funding to support The Discourse’s Sustainable Development Beat.
TVO, the Government of Ontario’s partner in digital learning, broadcast SDG-focussed episodes of The Agenda with Steve Paikin from April 23-25, 2018. Watch those episodes and learn more on their website.