Amongst great news on Canada immigration, this one stands out. The Canadian government has launched its 2030 Agenda National Strategy.
If you have heard about the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, you should be aware that there are 17 Sustainable Development Goals that are aimed to be realized. These include:
- protecting the planet
- ending poverty
- ensuring everybody gets to live in peace and prosperity
The governments of world countries share the responsibility to realize these goals. For this, civil society, governments, and the private sector cooperate and jump into action.
Canada too takes achieving these goals seriously and do the best to meet the 17 SDGs which are:
- Life below water
- Industry, innovation, and infrastructure
- Peace and justice strong Institutions
- Quality education
- Sustainable cities and communities
- Decent work and economic growth
- No poverty
- Clean water and sanitation
- Good health and well-being
- Climate action
- Zero hunger
- Affordable and Clean Energy
- Responsible consumption and production
- Partnerships to achieve the goal
- Life on land
- Gender equality
- Reduced inequality
Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s Minister of Families, Children & Social Development, and Karina Gould, Canada’s Minister of International Development launched Canada’s 2030 Agenda National Strategy on February 17, 2021. It’s an important milestone for the country in implementing the UN 2030 Agenda. With its own program, Canada will work and progress on the SDGs inside and outside the country.
There are 30 federal actions laid out to be practiced so that the 2030 Agenda can be maintained better. They also represent Canada’s ambitions that it aims to realize as part of its own 2030 Agenda.
The 30 federal actions are as follows:
- Implementing the 2030 Agenda with demonstrated leadership, both within and abroad. This will be done through the coordination of a national strategy for the whole of Canada for the 2030 Agenda. Also done will be the gauging of the progress achieved on the SDGs.
- Align the mechanisms of federal reporting. Also support the integration of the SDGs into existing and new policies, strategies, and programs. This will be done across federal agencies and departments to improve coherence with the policy.
- Develop the 2030 Agenda training materials and materials for its SDGs. These SDGs are meant for federal public servants across all agencies and departments.
- Make sure there’s a diverse representation at the High-Level Political Forums of the UN from every level of the Canadian government. This will include:
- the territories and provinces,
- indigenous people and governments,
- cities, and
- Create long-term plans for inclusive engagement with:
- indigenous communities and partners,
- modern treaty organizations,
- national indigenous organizations, and
- indigenous self-government.
This is to extend the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Identify opportunities for collaboration and to integrate perspectives of the indigenous people, priorities, and ways of exploring the SDGs, support activities for capacity building, and raise awareness on the 2030 Agenda.
- Improve collaboration with communities, municipalities, and cities. This is to implement the 2030 Agenda further locally and give supportive action to realize the SDGs.
- Share best practices. Also, find out opportunities to collaborate and localize the SDGs across every level of government. Do so also with communities as well as local organizations.
- Work with partners on:
- calls to action and compelling storytelling, and
- highlight those Canadians’ stories who are acting on the SDGs.
- Support a national SDG Forum. The Forum converges diverse stakeholders to take up discussion of the 2030 Agenda. They also come together to discuss innovative approaches for advancing the progress of the SDGs in Canada.
- Partner with communities and organizations. This will be to work and ensure that marginalized and vulnerable groups know about and are engaged in the 2030 Agenda.
- Make way for horizontal partnerships and collaboration. This will promote sharing of ideas, best practices, and experiences about the 2030 Agenda.
- Leverage opportunities strategically at key regional and international forums and events. The events could be the likes of:
- the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous People,
- the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development,
- the G7 and G20 summits,
- the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and
- the OECD.
This ensures that the best practices can be shared in implementing the 2030 Agenda. Also, Canada’s efforts can be showcased, and collaboration can be achieved with other countries to raise the impact of the SDGs and bring about more momentum.
- Give support to Metis, first nations, and Inuit-led initiatives for:
- governance structures and protocols and
- partner with universities, schools, research networks, and academic institutions
This will help to support research, resource sharing, development, and engagement of the youth in the SDGs.
- Establish a representative external advisory committee of experts. This will guide the implementation of Canada’s 2030 Agenda.
- Support research in areas that help figure out shortcomings in Canada’s efforts to achieve SDGs. Or else provide support in improving the comprehension of the economic, social, and environmental requirements of populations that are underrepresented. They also run the risk of getting left behind.
- Every year take part in the High-Level Political Forum and make a presentation of at least one extra Voluntary National Review to the UN before 2030.
- Take data disaggregation forward and explore local/community-driven measurement. This is to make sure that the Framework reflects and monitors groups that are marginalized and underrepresented groups.
- Enhance disaggregation of data. Also, recognize Indigenous identity better across the Canadian Indicator Framework. This must be done to whatever possible extent. Also, improve the integration of community-based, indigenous-owned data in the future. This can be done by building on work such as the development of Indigenous indicators of poverty, health, and well-being of the National Outcome-Based Framework.
- Bring forth a report that covers the national strategy of Canada regularly. Also, report on a yearly basis to Canadians on the progress achieved in the Global Indicator Framework.
- Give support to peer review processes and independent review mechanisms as a way to enhance the implementation of the 2030 Agenda by Canada.
- Give support to sub-national reporting to highlight existing and new actions locally that are making progress on the SDGs.
- Implement the 2030 Agenda with full consideration for the rights of Indigenous people. This must be done by giving protection and promotion the rights, as made apparent in:
- the 10 Principles of Reconciliation,
- the calls to action of TRC,
- the National Inquiry into Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ calls to justice and the UNDRIP.
- Consult with Indigenous communities and National Indigenous Organizations. This is to make sure that the 2030 Agenda is implemented with great collaboration and in a manner that respects the rights of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit to be self-determined. Also, support participation in the processes of implementation, follow-up, and review.
- Increase awareness among all Canadians about indigenous ways of knowing.
- Give support to the resource development that connects the past, present, and future experiences of Inuit, Métis, and First Nations, and Canadian communities to the 2030 Agenda.
- Improve collaboration between different levels of government, the private and research communities, and non-profit sectors, and give support to the development of innovative approaches, partnerships, and breakthroughs to advance multiple SDGs.
- Encourage organizations into philanthropy, private investors, and private sector firms to make their contribution to realizing the SDGs. This must be done through the chance to collaborate which could include:
- resource efficiency,
- sustainable production and procurement processes,
- improved social protection for labor,
- clean energy and the regenerative use of natural resources,
- ESG-compliant investment in emerging and frontier markets,
- the adoption of circular economic approaches, and
- CSR initiatives.
- Make partnerships with organizations to encourage the implementation of SDG in the business community, including CSR initiatives.
- Engage with partners to build, test and deploy flexible and innovative financing tools that will invite new investments to realize the SDGs inside and outside Canada.
- Calculate the effectiveness and economics of the impacts of successfully implementing SDG, various resourcing requirements, and potential funding types.
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