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Towards Canada’s 2030 Agenda National Strategy proposes 30 concrete actions, including supporting a national Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Forum to allow for greater stakeholder collaboration on the SDGs, establishing an external advisory committee to help advise on Canada’s implementation of the 2030 Agenda, a commitment to regular reporting, and a second Voluntary National Review to the United Nations. We want to build on these to highlight concrete commitments, actions, partnerships and initiatives currently being undertaken by various actors to advance the 2030 Agenda.


Towards Canada’s 2030 Agenda National Strategy proposes 30 concrete actions, including supporting a national Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Forum to allow for greater stakeholder collaboration on the SDGs, establishing an external advisory committee to help advise on Canada’s implementation of the 2030 Agenda, a commitment to regular reporting, and a second Voluntary National Review to the United Nations. We want to build on these to highlight concrete commitments, actions, partnerships and initiatives currently being undertaken by various actors to advance the 2030 Agenda.


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  • Leadership, Governance and Policy Coherence

    10 months ago
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    Every segment of society should be able to contribute to the advancement of the SDGs. While governments have primary responsibility for implementing the 2030 Agenda, for Canada, leadership can happen at all levels and take many forms, from the highest level of government, to grassroots community organizations, to the everyday Canadian—anyone can be a leader.

    PROPOSED ACTIONS:

    • Demonstrate leadership in implementing the 2030 Agenda, both at home and abroad, by coordinating a whole-of-Canada national strategy for the 2030 Agenda and measuring progress made on the SDGs.
    • Align federal reporting mechanisms and support the integration of the SDGs into new and existing strategies, policies and programs across federal departments and agencies to increase policy coherence.
    • Develop training materials on the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs for federal public servants across all departments and agencies.
    • Ensure diverse representation at the United Nations High-Level Political Forums from all levels of government, including the provinces and territories, Indigenous governments and peoples, communities, municipalities and cities.
    • Develop long-term inclusive engagement plans with Indigenous partners and communities, National Indigenous Organizations, Modern Treaty Organizations and Indigenous Self-Governments to further implement the 2030 Agenda. Identify opportunities for collaboration and for integrating Indigenous perspectives, priorities and ways of knowing into the SDGs, support capacity building and increase awareness about the 2030 Agenda.
    • Foster collaboration with communities, cities and municipalities to further implement the 2030 Agenda locally, and support action to achieve the SDGs.
    • Share best practices and identify opportunities for collaboration and for localizing the SDGs across all levels of government and with communities and local organizations.

    Every segment of society should be able to contribute to the advancement of the SDGs. While governments have primary responsibility for implementing the 2030 Agenda, for Canada, leadership can happen at all levels and take many forms, from the highest level of government, to grassroots community organizations, to the everyday Canadian—anyone can be a leader.

    PROPOSED ACTIONS:

    • Demonstrate leadership in implementing the 2030 Agenda, both at home and abroad, by coordinating a whole-of-Canada national strategy for the 2030 Agenda and measuring progress made on the SDGs.
    • Align federal reporting mechanisms and support the integration of the SDGs into new and existing strategies, policies and programs across federal departments and agencies to increase policy coherence.
    • Develop training materials on the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs for federal public servants across all departments and agencies.
    • Ensure diverse representation at the United Nations High-Level Political Forums from all levels of government, including the provinces and territories, Indigenous governments and peoples, communities, municipalities and cities.
    • Develop long-term inclusive engagement plans with Indigenous partners and communities, National Indigenous Organizations, Modern Treaty Organizations and Indigenous Self-Governments to further implement the 2030 Agenda. Identify opportunities for collaboration and for integrating Indigenous perspectives, priorities and ways of knowing into the SDGs, support capacity building and increase awareness about the 2030 Agenda.
    • Foster collaboration with communities, cities and municipalities to further implement the 2030 Agenda locally, and support action to achieve the SDGs.
    • Share best practices and identify opportunities for collaboration and for localizing the SDGs across all levels of government and with communities and local organizations.
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  • Awareness, Engagement and Partnership

    about 1 year ago
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    One of the biggest challenges that Canada and all countries face in implementing the 2030 Agenda is the low level of awareness about the SDGs and the lack of widespread engagement in their regard. In order for Canadians to commit to and support the 2030 Agenda, they first need to be aware of and understand the role they can play to advance the achievement of the SDGs.

    Canada recognizes that multi-stakeholder partnerships are essential in order to achieve the 2030 Agenda. While many Canadians are already coming together and collaborating on the SDGs, more work can be done to support and leverage the work of stakeholders, including not-for-profit organizations, the provinces and territories, municipalities, academia, the private sector, Indigenous peoples, women, youth and under-represented and marginalized populations.

    PROPOSED ACTIONS:

    • Work with partners on compelling storytelling and calls to action, and highlight the stories of Canadians who are taking action on the SDGs from coast to coast to coast.
    • Support a national SDG forum that brings together diverse stakeholders to discuss the 2030 Agenda and to collaborate on innovative approaches to advance progress on the SDGs in Canada.
    • Work in partnership with organizations and communities to ensure that vulnerable and marginalized groups are aware of and engaged in the 2030 Agenda.
    • Enable horizontal partnerships and collaboration that promote the sharing of best practices, ideas and experiences relating to the 2030 Agenda.
    • Leverage opportunities at key international and regional events and forums like the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous People, the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the G7 and G20 summits and the OECD to share best practices for implementing the 2030 Agenda, showcase Canada’s efforts and collaborate with other countries to increase the impact of the SDGs and help build momentum.
    • Support First Nations, Metis, and Inuit-led research initiatives, protocols, and governance structures and partner with schools, universities, academic institutions and research networks to support research, development, resource sharing and youth engagement in the SDGs.
    • Establish a representative external advisory committee of experts to guide the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Canada.
    • Support research in areas that help identify gaps in Canada’s efforts to meet the SDGs or improve the understanding of the social, economic and environmental needs of under-represented populations who are at risk of being left behind.

    One of the biggest challenges that Canada and all countries face in implementing the 2030 Agenda is the low level of awareness about the SDGs and the lack of widespread engagement in their regard. In order for Canadians to commit to and support the 2030 Agenda, they first need to be aware of and understand the role they can play to advance the achievement of the SDGs.

    Canada recognizes that multi-stakeholder partnerships are essential in order to achieve the 2030 Agenda. While many Canadians are already coming together and collaborating on the SDGs, more work can be done to support and leverage the work of stakeholders, including not-for-profit organizations, the provinces and territories, municipalities, academia, the private sector, Indigenous peoples, women, youth and under-represented and marginalized populations.

    PROPOSED ACTIONS:

    • Work with partners on compelling storytelling and calls to action, and highlight the stories of Canadians who are taking action on the SDGs from coast to coast to coast.
    • Support a national SDG forum that brings together diverse stakeholders to discuss the 2030 Agenda and to collaborate on innovative approaches to advance progress on the SDGs in Canada.
    • Work in partnership with organizations and communities to ensure that vulnerable and marginalized groups are aware of and engaged in the 2030 Agenda.
    • Enable horizontal partnerships and collaboration that promote the sharing of best practices, ideas and experiences relating to the 2030 Agenda.
    • Leverage opportunities at key international and regional events and forums like the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous People, the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the G7 and G20 summits and the OECD to share best practices for implementing the 2030 Agenda, showcase Canada’s efforts and collaborate with other countries to increase the impact of the SDGs and help build momentum.
    • Support First Nations, Metis, and Inuit-led research initiatives, protocols, and governance structures and partner with schools, universities, academic institutions and research networks to support research, development, resource sharing and youth engagement in the SDGs.
    • Establish a representative external advisory committee of experts to guide the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Canada.
    • Support research in areas that help identify gaps in Canada’s efforts to meet the SDGs or improve the understanding of the social, economic and environmental needs of under-represented populations who are at risk of being left behind.

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  • Accountability, Transparency and Reporting

    about 1 year ago
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    Accountability and transparency throughout the implementation of the 2030 Agenda requires frequent and early collaboration with partners to develop inclusive, comparable and meaningful measures to track and report on progress.

    To ensure accountability for implementing the 2030 Agenda, governments have agreed to follow up and review processes at the sub-national, national, regional and global levels. Reporting processes present opportunities to: raise awareness about the 2030 Agenda; engage citizens, elected officials and non-State actors; share lessons and best practices; identify gaps, challenges and ways to accelerate action; and ensure accountability.

    PROPOSED ACTIONS:

    • Participate annually in the High-Level Political Forum and present at least one additional Voluntary National Review to the United Nations before 2030.
    • Advance data disaggregation and explore local or community-driven measurement to ensure the framework reflects and monitors under-represented and marginalized groups.
    • Enhance data disaggregation and recognition of Indigenous identity across the Canadian Indicator Framework to the extent possible, and enhance the future integration of Indigenous-owned community-based data, building on work like the National Outcome-Based Framework’s development of Indigenous indicators of poverty, health and well-being.
    • Present a report on Canada's national strategy regularly, and report annually to Canadians on progress made in the Global Indicator Framework.
    • Support independent review mechanisms and peer review processes as a means to enhance Canada’s implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
    • Support sub-national reporting to highlight new and existing actions locally that are making progress on the SDGs.

    Accountability and transparency throughout the implementation of the 2030 Agenda requires frequent and early collaboration with partners to develop inclusive, comparable and meaningful measures to track and report on progress.

    To ensure accountability for implementing the 2030 Agenda, governments have agreed to follow up and review processes at the sub-national, national, regional and global levels. Reporting processes present opportunities to: raise awareness about the 2030 Agenda; engage citizens, elected officials and non-State actors; share lessons and best practices; identify gaps, challenges and ways to accelerate action; and ensure accountability.

    PROPOSED ACTIONS:

    • Participate annually in the High-Level Political Forum and present at least one additional Voluntary National Review to the United Nations before 2030.
    • Advance data disaggregation and explore local or community-driven measurement to ensure the framework reflects and monitors under-represented and marginalized groups.
    • Enhance data disaggregation and recognition of Indigenous identity across the Canadian Indicator Framework to the extent possible, and enhance the future integration of Indigenous-owned community-based data, building on work like the National Outcome-Based Framework’s development of Indigenous indicators of poverty, health and well-being.
    • Present a report on Canada's national strategy regularly, and report annually to Canadians on progress made in the Global Indicator Framework.
    • Support independent review mechanisms and peer review processes as a means to enhance Canada’s implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
    • Support sub-national reporting to highlight new and existing actions locally that are making progress on the SDGs.

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  • Reconciliation and the 2030 Agenda

    about 1 year ago
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    Canada’s implementation of the 2030 Agenda will support reconciliation, establishing and maintaining a mutually respectful relationship between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in this country. All 17 SDGs are relevant to Indigenous peoples and directly linked to the human rights commitments outlined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the calls to action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the calls for justice arising from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The SDGs’ foundation in human rights principles and their connections to the UNDRIP can provide a common language to facilitate conversations among Canada’s diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and non-Indigenous people.

    The overall focus of the 2030 Agenda on human rights principles and standards, leaving no one behind and reducing inequalities is of particular relevance to Indigenous peoples who are frequently at a disadvantage compared to other segments of the population. Upholding their rights is an absolute imperative if Canada is to achieve the goals in the 2030 Agenda.

    PROPOSED ACTIONS:

    • Implement the 2030 Agenda with full regard for the rights of Indigenous peoples by protecting and promoting these rights, as reflected in the 10 Principles of Reconciliation, the TRC’s calls to action, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ calls to justice and the UNDRIP.
    • Consult with National Indigenous Organizations and Indigenous communities to ensure that the 2030 Agenda is implemented collaboratively and in ways that respect the rights of First Nations, Inuit and Métis to self-determination, and support participation in implementation and review processes.
    • Raise awareness about Indigenous ways of knowing among all Canadians.
    • Support the development of resources that connect the past, present and future experiences of First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities.

    Canada’s implementation of the 2030 Agenda will support reconciliation, establishing and maintaining a mutually respectful relationship between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in this country. All 17 SDGs are relevant to Indigenous peoples and directly linked to the human rights commitments outlined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the calls to action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the calls for justice arising from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The SDGs’ foundation in human rights principles and their connections to the UNDRIP can provide a common language to facilitate conversations among Canada’s diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and non-Indigenous people.

    The overall focus of the 2030 Agenda on human rights principles and standards, leaving no one behind and reducing inequalities is of particular relevance to Indigenous peoples who are frequently at a disadvantage compared to other segments of the population. Upholding their rights is an absolute imperative if Canada is to achieve the goals in the 2030 Agenda.

    PROPOSED ACTIONS:

    • Implement the 2030 Agenda with full regard for the rights of Indigenous peoples by protecting and promoting these rights, as reflected in the 10 Principles of Reconciliation, the TRC’s calls to action, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ calls to justice and the UNDRIP.
    • Consult with National Indigenous Organizations and Indigenous communities to ensure that the 2030 Agenda is implemented collaboratively and in ways that respect the rights of First Nations, Inuit and Métis to self-determination, and support participation in implementation and review processes.
    • Raise awareness about Indigenous ways of knowing among all Canadians.
    • Support the development of resources that connect the past, present and future experiences of First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities.
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  • Investing in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

    about 1 year ago
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    Investing in the SDGs means investing in Canada’s prosperity and that of future generations. By working together, focusing efforts where they can have the greatest impact and investing resources in areas like science, innovation, technology and partnerships, progress toward achieving the SDGs can be further accelerated.

    Achieving sustainable development is key to securing future economic prosperity, ensuring the health of the planet and preserving global peace and security.

    PROPOSED ACTIONS:

    • Enhance collaboration between different levels of government, the private and non-profit sectors and research communities, and support the development of new and innovative partnerships, approaches and breakthroughs to advance multiple SDGs.
    • Encourage philanthropic organizations, private sector firms and private investors to contribute to achieving the SDGs though opportunities for collaboration which could include: sustainable production and procurement processes; resource efficiency, clean energy and the regenerative use of natural resources; improved social protection for labour; adoption of circular economic approaches; ESG-compliant investment in emerging and frontier markets; and corporate social responsibility initiatives.
    • Partner with organizations to encourage SDG implementation in the business community, including corporate social responsibility initiatives.
    • Engage with partners to develop, test and deploy innovative and flexible financing tools that will mobilize new investments to achieve the SDGs in Canada and abroad.
    • Measure the economics and the effectiveness of the impacts of successful SDG implementation, different resourcing requirements and potential types of funding.

    Investing in the SDGs means investing in Canada’s prosperity and that of future generations. By working together, focusing efforts where they can have the greatest impact and investing resources in areas like science, innovation, technology and partnerships, progress toward achieving the SDGs can be further accelerated.

    Achieving sustainable development is key to securing future economic prosperity, ensuring the health of the planet and preserving global peace and security.

    PROPOSED ACTIONS:

    • Enhance collaboration between different levels of government, the private and non-profit sectors and research communities, and support the development of new and innovative partnerships, approaches and breakthroughs to advance multiple SDGs.
    • Encourage philanthropic organizations, private sector firms and private investors to contribute to achieving the SDGs though opportunities for collaboration which could include: sustainable production and procurement processes; resource efficiency, clean energy and the regenerative use of natural resources; improved social protection for labour; adoption of circular economic approaches; ESG-compliant investment in emerging and frontier markets; and corporate social responsibility initiatives.
    • Partner with organizations to encourage SDG implementation in the business community, including corporate social responsibility initiatives.
    • Engage with partners to develop, test and deploy innovative and flexible financing tools that will mobilize new investments to achieve the SDGs in Canada and abroad.
    • Measure the economics and the effectiveness of the impacts of successful SDG implementation, different resourcing requirements and potential types of funding.

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