What’s the connection between affordable housing, a healthy marine environment, and decent work for all in the Howe Sound region? The Howe Sound Sustainable Development Forum will connect the dots and promote local leadership through the power of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Hosted by the BC Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) and the Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative (HSBRI), the Howe Sound Sustainable Development Forum will take place on Friday, September 28 from 10 am to 3pm at the Great Hall, Gleneagles Clubhouse, West Vancouver. The forum brings together local government, First Nations and civil society stakeholders to discuss the state of sustainable development in the Howe Sound region in the lead up to this year’s municipal elections. The forum will draw on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to frame the conversation and will explore local leadership on this global vision which Canada and all other United Nations countries have signed up to. Forum attendees will include local election candidates and engaged citizens who will review and discuss the Howe Sound’s progress on the social, economic and environmental aspects of sustainable development.
The forum will be an opportunity for rich dialogue and collaboration among some of the most innovative and socially engaged organizations in the Howe Sound region.
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A key aspect of the SDGs is that for the first time they are universal. This means that SDG Goal 1 is about ending poverty in all its forms everywhere, whether it is in the slums of Nigeria or on the streets of Gibsons and Squamish, and SDG Goal 14 is about protecting marine ecosystems whether it’s the coral reefs of the tropics or the fish stocks of the Howe Sound.
If you would like to learn more about the Sustainable Development Goals and what’s going on in BC and Canada please review the following reports and websites:
Sustainable Development Goals: All you need to know – http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/jan/19/sustainable-development-goals-united-nations
The Invisible Mosaic: BC and the Sustainable Development Goals – https://www.bccic.ca/the-invisible-mosaic-bc-and-the-sustainable-development-goals/
Global Goals Website – http://www.globalgoals.org