Awareness, Engagement and Partnership

13 Sep 2019
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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.


  • 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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