The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable
future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty,
inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The 17 Goals
are at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
In early 2019, a local forum -- called Understanding the UN Sustainable Development Goals:
Canada’s Commitment and the Local Connections -- was hosted. In July 2019, KWIC applied for
Sustainable Development Goals Program Funding, in partnership with GreenUP, to build upon
the foundation established at this forum. This grant was awarded in March 2020.
1. Raising awareness and support of the 2030 Agenda;
2. Enhancing multi-stakeholder efforts by promoting partnership and
bridging efforts across sectors in support of the 2030 Agenda;
3. Ensuring that Canada’s progress on the 2030 Agenda leaves no
one behind, including vulnerable or marginalized groups; and,
4. Fostering and integrating Indigenous knowledge into approaches
and efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda.
The SDG 2030 agenda “recognizes that the dignity of the individual is fundamental and the
goals and targets should be met for all nations and people and for all segments of society.” This
project is centred on ‘leaving no one behind’ as well as fostering and integrating Indigenous
knowledge into approaches and efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda.
1. Create educational and informational materials that prole the 17
Sustainable Development Goals;
2. Leverage the 2019 Forum Report as a tool to help contextualize the
Goals, and to highlight the ve local priority SDGs that were identied by participants;
3. Build upon the 2019 Community Forum Report to identify existing initiatives and
partnerships that are working to advance each of the priority SDGs;
4. Establish ve SDG Priority Action Teams focused on each of the
identied priority goals;
5. Build bridges with trusted local organizations, who are already
supporting priority populations, to enable and support their
ongoing participation on the ve local working groups; and,
6. Host a second community forum in 2021, centred on the theme
Leave No One Behind.
UNDERSTANDING THE UN SDGs:
Canada’s Commitment and the Local Connections
In local communities across the world, governments, the private sector, and civil society have
started to mobilize efforts to take action on the SDGs. At this Community Forum, we explored
diverse local actions and initiatives that connect to the Goals through an Open Space activity.
We also undertook a collective process of prioritizing existing and emergent initiatives, in
order to identify ve key goals - and related actions - that reect our community’s strengths
and concerns, and that can inform the development of a local strategy to advance the SDGs.