Community Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals, Canada's Responsibilities and Local Connections

Friday, Mar 1st, 2019 - 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
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Community Forum: Understanding the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Canada’s Commitment and the Local Connections

The Mount Community Centre, 1545 Monaghan Rd, Peterborough, ON K9J 5N3 

An evening reception will be held on Thursday February 28th, 2019 to launch the OCIC Transformations photo- journalism exhibit featuring the stories of several local change-makers. On Mar 1st, we will gather to understand the context for the development of UN Sustainable Development Goals and why they are important, Canada`s commitment and to learn from each other how local community initiatives connect to the SDGS and being identifying priorities for Peterborough county.

Friday | March 1st | 2019   

Hosted by the Kawartha World Issues Centre in partnership with Fleming College Office of Sustainability, GreenUP, Ontario Council for International Cooperation, Regional Centre for Expertise (RCE)  and Trent University 

We would like to invite you to our upcoming multi-generational community forum.  This forum will bring together 80-120 local politicians, community leaders, academics, educators and students living and working in Peterborough County, including Curve Lake and Hiawatha First Nations, for an evening presentation and a day of education, networking and opportunity to begin a process of identifying local priorities as we prepare for Alliance 2030. Registration is limited.

The UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, featuring the 17 Sustainable Development Goals  (SDGs), was unanimously adopted by world leaders at a historic UN summit in September 2015. By aligning national priorities with the 2030 Agenda and working together with the private sector and civil society, governments have started to mobilize efforts to end poverty, address inequalities and tackle climate change by 2030. 

The forum will begin in a good way with an opening conversation with Chief Phyllis Williams from Curve Lake and Larry McDermont, executive director of Plenty Canada, who will speak to Indigenous Knowledge & Practices as the Original Sustainability. Panelists and speakers include Julie Wright, Executive Director of the Waterloo Global Science Initiative, Steven S. J. Lee from the UN Secretariat and founder of the 3% Project, and Alison Sydney, Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Community Foundations Canada. Charles Hopkins, UNESCO Chair will speak to the role of the Regional Centres for Expertise in localizing the SDGs. Panel moderator, Trent Professor Haroon Akram Lodhi will provide historical context through his work with the United Nations in developing the goals.

The afternoon is dedicated to networking and discovering how local initiatives connect to the UN SDGs and begin a process of determining priorities and resources to meet the targets by 2030.

Communities across Canada are engaging in conversation and action on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Kawartha World Issues Centre invites you to help us bring the Peterborough area into this important conversation.

The forum is hosted by Kawartha World Issues Centre, Fleming College Office of Sustainability, GreenUP, the Regional Centre for Expertise, Trent University and the Ontario Council for International Cooperation, supported by the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough and community sponsorships. Everyone is welcome. Registration is now open and requested for both events.



The Mount Community Centre, 1545 Monaghan Rd, Peterborough, ON K9J 5N3