A non-partisan committee has begun working following the BC2030 meetings held in our community. They have requested reps from those people who participated in the BC2030 sessions. At this point there are a few members from the Council of Canadians on the committee and they would appreciate assistance – whether as a SPC rep or rep for your own organization.
The framework for the forum will be unique. The committee will select a few of the sustainable goals outlined below and have a speaker on the topic. Each candidate will then be asked how they will address the issue.
There is some financial support for the forum from BC2030. The Gibraltar room is tentatively booked for Apr 20, 2017.
The next meeting is March 7 at 1:00 pm in the library meeting room. You can contact Bette McLellan at 250-392-6423 for more information.
Action: Jessica will attend this meeting, and send more information out to the group (see below).
From BC2030 website: http://bccic.ca/bc2030/
BC 2030 is a non-partisan political campaign that looks to the UN Sustainable Development Goals as an opportunity for British Columbia to demonstrate provincial leadership on global issues.
The SDGs are a framework of 17 goals that aim to address the world’s environmental, social, economic, and security challenges. Unprecedented in nature, these new goals are:
-aspirational : challenging us to move past a business as usual mentality for seeking solutions
-interconnected and indivisible : recognizing that to truly be achieved, we cannot think of them as existing in isolation from each other
-and universal : asserting that global issues transcend borders existing within all countries
The goals invite all people and all tiers of government to understand where they fit into a bigger picture.
For the first time, all countries, including Canada, will be required to provide updates on our progress to the rest of the world. British Columbia needs to look at how the issues we face locally fit in with our country’s progress. Now that Canada has committed to this global framework, British Columbia has a concrete role, connection, and mandate to contribute its fair toward achieving these goals.
With communities around the province and world increasingly feeling the impacts of global issues such as poverty, inequality, and climate change, BC 2030 recognizes the importance of moving to action as quickly as possible. The campaign focuses on our upcoming 2017 provincial election as a platform to explore this conversation in a provincial context and invite our political leaders to expand their thinking.
BC 2030 is an invitation to think differently. These goals are brand new and the world is still trying to figure out how to best go about achieving them. There is space and need right now for innovative leadership in Canada on what implementation of these goals looks like at a subnational level. British Columbia has an opportunity to be this leader.
View the seventeen UN Sustainable Development Goals on the UN web site listed below: