How Well Does Canada's National SDG Strategy Involve All Canadians?

An analysis of different stakeholders’ involvement and how we could reach further.

Why It Matters

With just over a decade left to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, Canada has put together an interim strategy towards achieving the goals nationwide. But how well does it involve all Canadians, and what can we do to further engage stakeholders?

The United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an ambitious 15-year plan intended to end poverty globally, tackle inequalities of all kinds, and fight climate change. The 2030 Agenda is comprised of a whopping 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 169 targets, and 232 indicators to track progress towards a more peaceful, inclusive, and prosperous world, with a strong focus on bringing the Agenda’s 17 goals to life by 2030. 

Together, the SDGs provide a common framework for all countries to recognize and make progress on social, environmental, and economic challenges in an interlinked and indivisible way. In 2015, alongside 193 other United Nations (UN) Member States, Canada adopted the SDGs, also known as Agenda 2030. 

In the four years that have since passed, the

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