Four social impact leaders on how COVID-19 has shifted their perspectives on the SDGs

A stronger recovery means a better 2030, too

Why It Matters

Ten years out from the deadline for the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the entire world was turned upside down by the Coronavirus pandemic. While the crisis may have taken some spotlight away from the SDGs, these social impact leaders say it’s also deepened their understanding of what needs to change in order to meet the Goals in an inclusive, meaningful way.

The timing of last month’s Together|Ensemble summit — a gathering of Canadian private sector, academia, government, and civil society leaders on the path toward achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — presented a challenge and an opportunity at once. While on the surface, the COVID-19 pandemic may have taken some focus away from the SDGs, speakers and attendees of the digital summit agreed that it’s also done us the favour of illuminating even more clearly just how much progress Canada needs to make before we can say we’re on track for Agenda 2030. 

We asked four leaders in the social impact world who attended and spoke at the summit to weigh in on what they learned, and how COVID-19 is changing the landscape for their work on the SDGs moving forward. 


Aniqah Zowmi

Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion,

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