Advancing the SDGs in Nogojiwanong | Peterborough

What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. They are also known as the 2030 Agenda because they are intended to be met by 2030. The principle of "Leaving No One Behind" (LNOB) is at the heart of the SDG Framework.
Learn more about the SDGs here:

Project History:

In late February 2019, KWIC, GreenUP, and Fleming Office of Sustainability hosted Peterborough's first multi-sector forum on the SDGs called Understanding the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Canada’s Commitment and the Local Connection. The forum opened with an understanding of Indigenous Knowledge as the 'origanal teachings of sustainability' and concluded with 120 participants identifying five local key priorioty action areas for Peteborough/Nogojiwanong. Read about the 2019 SDG Community Forum in the Peterborough Examiner here:
2019 SDG Community Forum participants in action









Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals in Nogojiwanong / Peterborough and the Kawarthas:

In July 2019, KWIC applied for Sustainable Development Goals Program Funding, in partnership with GreenUP, to build upon the foundation established at the 2019 forum. This grant was awarded in March 2020 and concluded in March 2021.
During this project, we engaged approximately 100 community members on 5 local priority action areas to reach the 2030 targets:
  • Prioritizing Indigenous Leadership
  • SDG #1 No Poverty 
  • SDG # 4 Quality Education
  • SDG #6 Clean Water and Sanitization       
  • SDG #13 Climate Action
Key Principles:
The SDG 2030 agenda “recognizes that the dignity of the individual is fundamental and the goals and targets should be met for all nations and people and for all segments of society.” This project is centred on ‘leaving no one behind’ and centering Indigenous leadership into our local approaches and efforts to advance the SDGs.
Key Activities:
  1. Create educational and informational materials that profile the 17 Sustainable Development Goals;
  2. Leverage the 2019 Community Forum Report as a tool to help contextualize the Goals, and to highlight the five local priority SDGs that were identied by participants;
  3. Build upon the 2019 Forum Report to identify existing initiatives and partnerships that are working to advance each of the priority SDGs;
  4. Establish five Priority Action Teams focused on each of the identied priority goals;
  5. Build bridges with trusted local organizations, who are already supporting priority populations, to enable and support their ongoing participation; and,
  6. Host a second community forum in 2021, centred on the theme of leaving no one behind.
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2021 SDG Community Forum:
On February 24th and 25th, 2021, KWIC and GreenUP hosted a 2-day, virtual community forum entitled, “Centering Indigenous Leadership and Diverse Perspectives to Advance the Sustainable Development Goals in Nogojiwanong/Peterborough”.
For this latest gathering, community members assembled to deepen their understanding of how to advance the SDGs in a way that leaves no one behind and prioritizes Indigenous leadership. Collectively, Indigenous leadership was identified as critical to our local success. 


We welcomed over two hundred participants from near and far to work with the Nogojiwanong/Peterborough community in three interconnected workshops. Interconnectedness is a recurring theme in this project. The action teams are aware of how the local SDGs and 17 UN SDGs are related; one cannot be achieved without the others. Locally, we believe that the steps we take in our community will ripple out into the world in a good way.


By the end of the forum, the urgent need to reach our goals was evident. We have nine years remaining to achieve the 2030 Agenda; there is much important work to be done. 


The project team would like to offer our sincerest thank you to the organizers, partners, team members, volunteers, speakers, funders, leaders, and event participants who helped bring this memorable event together. We look forward to seeing what comes next! 


2021 SDG Community Forum Artboard


Program Contact Information:

Name: Shaelyn Wabegijig

Position: KWIC Program and Outreach Coordinator



In the News:

Kawartha Now:

    • Part 1: From global to local: how Peterborough is implementing the UN’s goals for sustainable development
    • Part 2: Indigenous leadership central to local action on United Nations’ sustainable development goals
    • Part 3: Virtual community forum advances UN sustainable development goals in Peterborough/Nogojiwanong

    Peterborough Examiner:

    • Part 1: GreenUP: Peterborough navigates the U.N’s 2030 agenda for sustainable development
    • Part 2: GreenUP: Indigenous Leadership Guiding the Local Sustainable Development Goals
    • Part 3: Community forum localizes sustainable development goals


    Project Reports are being developed! Keep an eye out for them in the coming month.