Welcome to the Show Your Colours Blog!
The team here in the Sustainable Development Goals Unit (SDG Unit) at Employment and Social Development Canada is very excited to be launching our online presence, and to be speaking directly with you about why we care about the Sustainable Development Goals and why you should too.
The Sustainable Development Goals, otherwise known as the SDGs or Global Goals, are part of an historic global agreement called the 2030 Agenda. Its purpose: For all countries to work together, to make the world a better place for everyone, and who doesn’t want to do that?
Before getting into why the SDGs are so important, let me take a second to explain a little bit about how they came to be. In 2012, member states of the United Nations (193 countries) came together in Rio de Janeiro to create a new, global agenda for sustainable development.
The meeting in Rio was one of the largest events in the history of the United Nations and resulted in a document called “The Future We Want.” With this, UN member states agreed to create a new set of goals. Goals that would be integrated, transformative, and apply to all nations – the Sustainable Development Goals.
It took three more years of lengthy negotiation sessions, and many iterations, but on September 25th, 2015,“Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” was adopted. For the first time in history, we agreed on the world’s most comprehensive plan to tackle the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, peace, and justice. This is a phenomenal accomplishment.
The 2030 Agenda includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets. These goals are about meeting people’s needs – for a safe home, a decent job, education for their children, quality health care, and a healthy environment to live in.
It will take a whole-of-society effort to meet the goals. By bringing together the voices and actions of all levels of government, Indigenous peoples, municipalities, civil society, the private sector, and Canadians, we can create a common understanding and shared vision for Canada’s path forward.
Caring about the Sustainable Development Goals, is about caring for people, and our planet, so that future generations can live a better, more peaceful and prosperous life. We all have a role to play in seeing these goals through, because taking care of humanity is a job for us all!
So show us your colours, and share your thoughts and ideas on this blog. We want to hear what you think about the Sustainable Development Goals, and why they matter to you.