Press Release : As the UN meets, Canadian civil society asks how Canada can do better

***For Immediate Release***

On September 25–27, 2015 the world will be watching as the United Nations officially adopts the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Coinciding with this summit, the Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia councils for international cooperation will convene diverse civil society organizations across the country to discuss the SDGs, and what they mean for Canada.

From September 18–20, 2015 the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (ACGC), the Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation (SCIC), and the BC Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) will host events in Vancouver, BC, Saskatoon, SK and Canmore, AB to address the SDGs.

“The SDGs mark a turning point in how the world perceives international development. We must work together to decide how Canadians can support these goals both in our country and internationally. Canadians know that we can do better,” states Heather McPherson, Executive Director of ACGC.

“The SDGs are about universality; about seeing global and local challenges as inextricably linked. Bringing civil society together in our regions across the country helps us learn from the local to support the global, and vice versa,” explains Jacqui Wasacase, Executive Director of SCIC.

On September 18, 2015 BCCIC will also launch a report on the SDGs from a British Columbian perspective. “This report is the product of BCCIC’s focus on the SDGs and our commitment to involving civil society in the dialogue at the local, national and international levels. This complements the government of Canada’s announcement regarding a Civil Society Partnership Policy in which civil society is recognized as a key player in our own right regarding sustainable development,” shares Michael Simpson, Executive Director of BCCIC.

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