Where does civil society fit into Canada’s plan to realize the Sustainable Development Goals?

The federal government is still working on an implementation plan for the SDGs, but civil society organizations are already doing the work.

Why It Matters

National and regional governments will do much of the heavy lifting, but even the United Nations acknowledges that civil society organizations will be instrumental to achieving the SDGs. Every aspect of Canadian society will need to get involved.

Canada has just under a decade to achieve the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), one of the boldest development plans in human history. How does the federal government plan to do it? 

Stay tuned. 

Canada’s recently-released 2030 Agenda National Strategy offers a broad sketch of how to bring together civil society, regional and Indigenous partners, and the private sector to implement all 17 goals. While the federal government points to its past policies, like its use of feminist principles in foreign policy, as proof that it is already making progress, a plan for implementing the SDGs themselves has yet to be released. But civil society organizations are already working toward the SDGs. 

Achieving the SDGs were a tall order before the COVID-19 pandemic began. Now, with no conceivable end in sight, the virus is hampering progress

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