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What now? Vancouver Island civil society meets to discuss, take action on new UN Goals
October 26, 2015,Victoria, BC – Groups and individuals from all over Vancouver Island will come together this week in a series of roundtables to explore potential for partnership and collaboration on global issues.
Inspired by new global framework set out by the United Nations last month, these gatherings are convened by the BC Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC), a provincial network of groups and individuals working together toward a better world.
In September, world leaders came together at the United Nations to sign on to 17 new global goals aimed at eradicating global poverty, fighting injustice, and fixing climate change. Succeeding the Millennium Development Goals, these new Sustainable Development Goals are universal in nature, mandating that countries not only look internationally when addressing issues of development, but domestically as well. Now, just one month after the UN Summit, the world is left wondering how to begin tackling what is the most ambitious global agenda to date.
“‘We are all developing countries now’ is the catch phrase being used,” says Kareen Wong, BCCIC Communications Officer, “it really puts new perspective on issues like poverty, which are too often framed as a solely international issue, as well as issues like climate change which will require everything from municipal to international commitments to make progress on.”
BCCIC views the UN’s new Sustainable Development Goals as a way for Canada to do better and as a focal point for civil society collaboration within the province of which this week’s roundtables in Victoria, Nanaimo, Duncan, and Comox are a part.
“We also see these meetings as a valuable opportunity for groups to network, explore possibilities for collaboration, and share their experiences working with sustainable development whether their focus is people, peace, prosperity or planet,” explains Dan Harris, Event Coordinator with BCCIC.
This series of Vancouver Island roundtables are part of a larger provincial tour that includes meeting with groups and individuals working on sustainable development throughout the province.
Kareen Wong, Communications Officer
BC Council for International Cooperation
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