The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were affirmed in 2015 at a forum of the United Nations. There are only ten years left to achieve the SDGs.
The British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC), an organization the Vancouver Branch of the UN Association in Canada supports as a member, has released a report, Reading Between the Lines: Accelerated Implementation for Agenda 2030 which focuses on key mechanisms and considerations that can accelerate SDG implementation. The report aims to help shape Canadian policy on implementing the SDGs and positioning Canada as an accelerator of a global change through a deeper understanding of the principles of SDG implementation. This is ahead of the 2020 High-Level Political Forum that happens every July in New York.
“The United Nations has called on countries like Canada to accelerate action on the SDGs,” says Michael Simpson, the Executive Director of BCCIC. “COVID-19 has underlined the connections between global health, climate change, food security, poverty and all seventeen international goals of Agenda 2030. Our report also examines Canada’s performance in the midst of this crisis.”
The Vancouver Branch is immensely proud of its co-Vice President, Nora Sahatciu, who contributed to Chapter 2. This chapter refers the necessity of a “whole-of-society approach” to combat the “four horsemen” who represent geopolitical tensions, climate crisis, global mistrust“. Amongst many other considerations, coordination between different government levels in their implementation of Agenda 2030 in Canada is seen as a key factor in addressing SDG goals in.
Join concerned Canadians and our organization in reading the report and doing our part to assist in the implementation of the SDGs.