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“Canada is deeply divided in its approach to climate change,” says Canadian expert, Sarah Burch

Burch’s comments made in context of Canada’s submission to UN’s High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

No 2334 Posted by fw, July 14, 2018

“Canada is deeply divided in its approach to climate change. While we’ve set ambitious targets and made crucial steps towards pricing carbon, we continue to exploit and expand our fossil fuel resources rather than investing significantly in renewable energy. All levels of government must pull together to tackle climate change with more than just words, creating sustainable communities that are healthy, resilient, and inclusive.”Sarah Burch

Yesterday’s repost, 193 UN member states risk falling short of collectively achieving 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, featured Bertelsmann-Stiftung’s assessment of the shortcomings of the UN member states’ progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals that they committed to. The assessment concluded: “A profound change is needed in many areas. Otherwise, we threaten to achieve the Agenda-2030 only in the year 2050, or maybe never at all.”

Today’s post is a follow up, focusing on a short article that appeared on July 10 in the Waterloo News of the University of Waterloo, featuring comments from three experts on Canada’s 20th place ranking on the SDG* Index and Dashboard 2018. [*SDG abbreviation for Sustainable Development Goals].

My repost of this article appears below, along with links to and selected text from four related pieces –

  1. An entry from the SDG Index and Dashboard on Canada’s performance
  2. A link to a 148-page report by Global Affairs Canada submitted to the UN, titled: Canada’s Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development : Voluntary National Review. The link includes the report’s Table of Contents.
  3. A link to the 476-page SDG Index and Dashboards Report 2018 : Global Responsibilities: Implementing the Goals published by Bertelsmann Stiftung and Sustainable Development Solutions Network. The link includes the Table of Contents
  4. The top 20 countries listed in the SDG Index

To read the brief Waterloo News article on its website, click on the following linked title.

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Expert Advisory – Canada ranks 20th in United Nations’ sustainability index by Waterloo News, University of Waterloo, July 10, 2018

A new indicator shows Canada ranks 20th among countries participating in the UN’s ambitious global effort to address the world’s 17 toughest social and environmental problems, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A new online tool [see below] accessible to the public shows Canada is below its peers on Climate Action and Reduced Inequalities, in particular.

The University of Waterloo has experts available to discuss the SDG Index and what Canada needs to improve in order to realize the United Nations’ goals. The Faculty of Environment at Waterloo is host of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Canada (SDSN).

Sarah Burch, Canada Research Chair in Sustainability Governance and Innovation, senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and a fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

“Canada is deeply divided in its approach to climate change. While we’ve set ambitious targets and made crucial steps towards pricing carbon, we continue to exploit and expand our fossil fuel resources rather than investing significantly in renewable energy. All levels of government must pull together to tackle climate change with more than just words, creating sustainable communities that are healthy, resilient, and inclusive.”Sarah Burch

Jean Andrey, dean of the Faculty of Environment at Waterloo and Chair of the SDSN Canada Advisory Committee.

Jean Audrey

“Canada ranks 20th in the world in progress on the Sustainable Development Goals. While we are doing well in some areas (health, education, affordable and clean energy, and peace, justice and strong institutions), there is much yet to do on other goals, and we need to significantly accelerate progress towards climate action, protecting biodiversity on land and below water, and supporting sustainable production and consumption.”

Amelia Clarke, associate dean of research in Waterloo’s Faculty of Environment and an expert on community sustainable development strategies.

Amelia Clarke

“Implementing the global Sustainable Development Goals in Canada is critical for ensuring our country is proceeding on an environmentally-sound, socially just and economically prosperous path. Canada has reiterated its commitment to developing a national strategy on the 2030 Agenda, and doing so through collaboration with all levels of government, Indigenous peoples, civil society and the private sector. Dashboards, such as this one [See below] produced by SDSN, provide a snapshot of how our country compares to others on each of the goals, based on selected indicators and available data. It is particularly helpful in highlighting areas where our national strategy will need significant attention, such as on SDG 12, responsible consumption and production, where our waste management systems rate poorly.”

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RELATED LINKS WITH SELECTED INFORMATION

1/ Canada’s Global Index Score (https://dashboards.sdgindex.org/#/CAN)

2/ Canada’s Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development : Voluntary National Review by Global Affairs Canada. 2018 (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/20033CanadasVoluntaryNationalReviewENv6.pdf)

3/ SDG Index and Dashboards Report 2018 : Global Responsibilities: Implementing the Goals  by Bertelsmann Stiftung and Sustainable Development Solutions Network, 476 pages.

4/ SDG Index and D – Top 20 https://dashboards.sdgindex.org/#/

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