What Happened? View Notes from Recent Unconferences
Missed out on our last two unconferences? There but want a refresher on the discussions we had? Check out the below notes from our Vancouver and our Victoria event!
Post Climate Deal & Global Goals – Where do we go from here? : A BCCIC Unconference
British Columbians are making a difference on the Sustainable Development Goals!
In celebration of the local and global efforts of British Columbians in moving toward a better world, the BC Council for International Cooperation invites you to join us during International Development Week for a networking dialogue event that will explore the universal nature of the new Sustainable Development Goals, and the possibility of partnership and collaboration for their achievement by year 2030.
This event is open to everyone, and we encourage you to attend regardless of how much experience you have with international issues, you have more to contribute than you know!
Saturday, February 6th | 9 AM – 2 PM
HiVE Vancouver #210 – 128 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Saturday, February 13th | 9 AM – 2 PM
Cadboro Commons, Haro Room, UVic
What makes it an ‘un’conference? What can I expect?
An unconference keeps all the good bits of a normal conference (diverse interesting topics, networking opportunities, informal discussions, Q&A) and gets rid of the rest. Unconferences are participant driven, we set the theme but you create the agenda, so bring your burning questions, experiences you want you to share, projects you want to collaborate on, and ideas you want to present. Together we’ll decide what we want to talk about, when, how and who wants to lead a workshop, pose a question, facilitate a discussion, share an experience or simply participate and build connections. Once the menu’s set, participants can cycle through sessions, using the rule of two feet.
This unconference is an opportunity to learn, network and explore how the new Sustainable Development Goals through their universal nature, intersect and create opportunities for collaboration.
What are the Sustainable Development Goals and why are they important?
Ratified in September 2015 by all 193 United Nations member states, the Sustainable Development Goals are a set of 17 goals to eradicate poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change by year 2030.
Born from the legacy of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and a succession of environmental and high-level summits, the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have some unprecedented features.
a) The SDGs are universal
While the MDGs focused primarily on halving the number of people in the world living in extreme poverty, and predominantly targeted progress in the developing world, the SDGs take a much more holistic approach to the contributing factors that create inequality both between countries and within them. As it has been said, under the new SDGs, “we are all developing countries”.
b) The SDGs promote partnership and collaboration as essential to their achievement
The SDGs acknowledge and encourage partnership and collaboration as essential to making progress. As a network involved with building the capacity of groups working towards sustainable development, BCCIC in undertaking a significant amount of work that seeks to both promote the general public’s awareness of these goals as well as facilitate partnerships and collaboration towards their achievement.
To learn more about these goals, their history, and how they apply specifically to Canada, please see BCCIC’s report “Keeping Score : The UN Sustainable Development Goals”.
9 – 9:45 AM : Registration & Networking
9:45 – 10:30 AM : Opening plenary
10:45 AM – 11:30 AM : First set of sessions
11:45 PM- 12:30 PM : Second set of sessions
12:30 PM – 1 PM : Light Networking Lunch
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM : Third set of sessions
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM : Closing plenary & Networking
Registration is limited, claim your spot today!