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What role should the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy play in Canada’s domestic response to the Sustainable Development Goals?

over 1 year ago
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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by UN member states in September 2015, provides the global framework for sustainable development for the next decade and a half. It integrates the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development as well as peace, governance and justice elements.

The 2030 Agenda includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets that touch on a broad array of issues considered fundamental to sustainable development.

What role should the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy play in Canada’s domestic response to the Sustainable Development Goals?

Sustainable Development Goals

belindali over 1 year ago
I think we should align with these goals and actively work towards achieving the goals within the country, as well as be a world leader in supporting other countries to achieve these goals. I noticed that the draft strategy is missing certain elements of the SDGs. We should ensure that we are prioritizing based on what is most important, not just picking the goals that are convenient. The SDGs remind us that every country is a developing country and that we need to work together with other countries to create a more sustainable world. As such, I think we should further increase our alignment with the SDGs and actually work towards some of the targets. For example, the USDA and USEPA adopted the 50% per capita reduction of food waste (Target 12.3). Canada should do the same.
Yvon Poirier over 1 year ago
Thanks for organising the webinar on June 2. The questions were well prepared and the discussion was quite rich. I wish to share in more details thoughts expressed in my brief comment.1. A multi-stakeholder approach.For achieving Towards 2013 in the World and in Canada, mobilising all sectors of society is essential. Governments have to play a leading role, not in deciding, but bringing together the differently stakeholders to collaborate in an effort to raise awareness in the population, build with the government (s) a plan to implement the SDGs in Canada and abroad (Canada has duties as a developed country). The governments will enable to policies and programs, and devise effective budgetary of legal frameworks. A multi-stakeholder approach to implementing the plan (s) are also essential. Towards 2030 clearly stipulates that mobilising citizens is essential if we don’t want to Leave no one behind.A multi-stakeholder approach means mobilising all levels of government, Federal, Provincial and Municipal.All the main non-governmental sectors need to be included : business, both the traditional private businesses as well as the cooperative and private sectors, community development sectors, First Nations, unions, civil society organisations such as environmental groups, anti-poverty organisations, women’s organisations, etc. For implementing, two levels are necessary. Provinces also need to have plans and processes to implement. And there could be worksgroups by sectors such as energy, social programs, jobs and work, etc. There is also need of a follow-up mechanism.All this might seem naïve. Political differences between political parties at the federal and provincial levels will complicate. The only way to prevent this from stalemate is to have all sectors of society involved. The plan that comes out must now be seem as a plan of a particular party or government. It must be seem as a plan of all Canadians.2. About prioritiesIt would be counterproductive at this stage to fix priorities, especially considering that the Goals are interrelated. Sometimes, working on one goal means working on others. A holistic approach is needed. For example, some years ago, Canada decided to reduce child poverty. Reducing child poverty necessarily means reducing poverty for the parents. This means better educations, jobs with decent incomes, etc. And, for specific groups, such as indigenous children, this means improving all aspects of the lives of the First Nations. There are many other examples where linkages between many goals to tackle a specific problem.Yvon PoirierCanadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet)
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John Delbert Hamilton over 1 year ago
Good underlying theme.May I suggest you check out and participate in the dialogue at the following link: I always say: "As we paddle forward together, our voyage to our highest potential is only as fast as the last canoe." Author, John D. Hamilton, Métis.
John Delbert Hamilton over 1 year ago
Clear vision, healthy & unyielding environmental legislation, made in Canada mandate, efficient and effective implementation process, fixed yet flexible timelines, quantitative and qualitative evaluation, measureable results, final summaries and reports to be online and available in appropriate formats for people with challenges or special needs, including eBook, audiobook.Formative and summative public and federal dialogue, as always, and as needed with “real change”.Action, it's in the doing, just do it.
dnuttall over 1 year ago
These goals are indicators of Sustainability, not a measure that leads to Sustainability. The SDS must act to implement Sustainable Development by improving the Potential Quality of Life within Canada through Sustainable Technological Development, and Actualizing that Potential through Human Development. The SDGs would be used to monitor how we are progressing, but they would not be slavishly followed - we mustn't design for the indicator, but rather to solve the underlying problems.
docleslie over 1 year ago
I feel that Canada's SDS needs to play a heavy-handed and legislative role in our response, especially when it comes to industry which has a track record of never being anything but self-serving. And it should ensure that Canada over-reaches on every single point, setting the bar high for the rest of the world instead of as low as possible as we have done over the last decade.