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).

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.


The Generation SDG Blueprint features:

insights into inclusive community ecosystem mapping and planning
partnership strategies to accelerate action on the SDGs
accountability practices for partnerships, program and data management innovative financial instruments and programs for funding the SDGs.
Solutions Spotlights highlighting Canadian and global organizations and initiatives aligned with the SDGs
a commitment to establishing and nurturing partnerships on the road to achieving the SDGs in Canada

Le présent Plan directeur est une vision d’une approche communautaire à l’égard des ODD élaborée par un groupe multidisciplinaire d’innovateurs canadiens et présente :
des renseignements sur la cartographie et la planification de l’écosystème communautaire inclusif
des stratégies de partenariat pour accélérer les actions concernant les ODD
des pratiques de responsabilisation en matière de partenariats et de gestion des programmes et des données
des instruments et des programmes financiers novateurs pour le financement des ODD
des solutions qui mettent en lumière les organisations et les initiatives canadiennes et mondiales qui s’harmonisent avec les ODD

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

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

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.