Leading by Example
Implementing the SDGs in Canada
In 2015, as part of the Agenda for Sustainable Development, the 192 Member States of the United Nations agreed upon 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030. The SDGs are a universal blueprint for ending poverty, removing barriers to equality, securing access to education and essential resources, and stopping climate change and environmental degradation.
Progress on the SDGs has been slow. The goals were agreed upon by national governments, but their success requires substantial action at the local level. Cities, towns, and regions are in a unique position to make great progress on implementing these goals. This important work at the local level requires its own blueprint, complete with innovative, ambitious, and collaborative approaches that engage the private sector, public sector, academic partners, civil society, and community groups.
- raised awareness of the SDGs
- shared leading international examples relevant to Canadian contexts
- integrated local and Indigenous knowledge into approaches towards the SDGs
- encouraged engagement and collaboration from all sectors
- inspired and directly support action
Together, we showed that SDGs are a framework that can and should be taken up by anyone and everyone, and that the work we discuss, showcase, and inspire in Victoria can be adapted and replicated throughout Canada.
“Leading by Example” took place at the Victoria Conference Center on March 10-11, 2020.
For more information, please contact Holly Hixson, Project Coordinator at email@example.com.