United Nations (UN) member states adopted Transforming our Lives at the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 development agenda on September 25-27, 2015. In doing so, states agreed to a new agenda for global sustainable development, replacing the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that expire at the end of this year. Over the next 15 years, the international community will be guided by 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), integrating the three broad pillars of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental wellbeing.
So what are these global goals all about? And why should Canada and Canadians pay attention to them?
Over the coming weeks, the Canadian Council for International Co-operation and the Canadian International Development Platform(CIDP) are collaborating on a new blog series aimed at unpacking the ins and outs of the SDGs and their implications for Canada. The blogs will feature commentary on the CIDP blog and Huffington Post Canada’s Development Unplugged. Contributors will comment on the overall success of the SDGs, looking at where wins exist and where the agenda falls short. They will also highlight the implications for Canada – both in terms of domestic policy and international cooperation. The series will cover a range of thematic areas included in the SDGs, including health, the environment, income inequality and gender equality.
Stay tuned as we unpack these global goals in the weeks ahead!