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Connecting Charities to the Sustainable Development Goals

Monday, July 16, 2018
Guest Writers
Sector Discussions
Public Policy
Melody Maclean, JP Nikota, Geneviève Vallerand
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Three years in

In September 2015, Canada and 192 other UN member states adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2030 Agenda is a 15-year global framework centered on an ambitious set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals, 169 targets and over 230 indicators. The 2030 Agenda envisions a secure world free of poverty and hunger, with full and productive employment, access to quality education and universal health coverage, the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, as well as an end to environmental degradation.

As a country, Canada is in the early stages of its national SDG implementation. The universality of the 2030 Agenda means that developing and developed countries alike will implement the Agenda by identifying the targets and indicators relevant to their country, and the populations and demographics that must be included in the process to ensure that no one is left behind in the achievement of the SDGs.

Partnerships for the Goals

Goal 17—Partnerships for the Goals—suggests that a successful sustainable development agenda requires partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society. Although reports from the Brookings Institute and the Auditor General find that Canada is lagging behind on its implementation of the SDGs, we have seen great grassroots momentum building from a growing group of civil society organizations, academia and the private sector. And the federal government is beginning to mobilize its efforts, with the recent launch of an SDG Data Hub, and the upcoming presentation of Canada’s first Voluntary National Review which will be presented this July at the High Level Political Forum.

To support this growing cross-sector momentum, a number of national organizations, including Community Foundations of Canada, have come together to co-create Alliance 2030: a national network of organizations, institutions and individuals committed to achieving the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals in Canada by the year 2030. 

For charities, the SDGs present a significant opportunity to amplify and advance work that is already underway. After all, the 17 Goals align with many of the priorities that charities already support, whether poverty reduction, food security, or environmental stewardship. Charities are therefore well-positioned to become a part of the growing Alliance 2030 network, promote their initiatives, and contribute to the searchable database of all SDG activity taking place in Canada.

Joining Alliance 2030

Charities can become a part of Alliance 2030 at no cost by registering their organizational profile. With a profile, members can share their stories, post their upcoming events or ongoing projects, and even upload their funding opportunities to our digital platform, using tags to identify the appropriate SDG(s). 

The content our members share helps us build a searchable database of all the work that’s being done across Canada in alignment with the SDGs, amplified by high-quality storytelling through our blog and podcast series. This digital space allows member organizations to easily connect with like-minded Canadians, so they can share learnings, find the support they need, and stay up-to-date on the current state of the SDGs. We’re also taking this work into our communities, creating spaces for our members to come together and forge relationships across sectors to connect our partners with the support they need to succeed.

Charities interested in learning more about the SDGs or about Alliance 2030 can visit us at www.alliance2030.ca and subscribe to our newsletter. If you’d like to chat more about how your activities might fit in with this universal framework, please feel free to contact us

 

About the Authors

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Melody Maclean, JP Nikota, Geneviève Vallerand from Community Foundations of Canada - the national network for Canada’s 191 community foundations. Together we are a philanthropic movement working across sectors to help Canadians invest in building strong and resilient communities.

Guest contributions represent the personal opinions and insights of the authors and may not reflect the views or opinions of Imagine Canada.

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