PARTNER PRESS CONFERENCE: Launch of SDSN-Canada Network in Room 4, Meeting Level
12:00 - 12:30
The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) mobilizes global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical problem solving for sustainable development. The SDSN has operated under the auspices of the UN Secretary- General since 2012. We are committed to supporting the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the municipal, national, and global scales.
This year, SDSN will be launching a new National Network for Canada. This Network will be hosted by the Waterloo University and the Waterloo Global Science Initiative. Both institutions have a strong determination to address complex problems through knowledge and innovation. The launch is scheduled for May 7-8 and will gather participants from different sectors in a High Level series of events. The President of the University of Waterloo described the talent and enthusiasm with which this University is facing the launch of this network: “Encouraged by a distinctly entrepreneurial culture, Waterloo students, alumni and researchers are widely known for coming up with big ideas, creating products that solve problems and making the world a better place.”
Canada ranks 17 in last year’s SDG Index showing remarkable performance in the dashboards in goals such as SDG3 (Good Health and Wellbeing) and SDG4 (Quality Education). In this report, we can also see how Canada needs to improve its performance in areas such as SDG12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), SDG13 (Climate Action) and SDG15 (Life on Land). The 2018 budget, announced late February, proposes an investment $1.3 billion over 5 years to conserve land, waterways and wildlife and protect species at risk. This is a great piece of news that can help Canada get on route to achieving SDG15.