Press Release: Auditor General Profiles BCCIC’s Environmental Petition to Federal Agencies in Damning Report on Trudeau Government

Press Release: Auditor General Profiles BCCIC’s Environmental Petition to Federal Agencies in Damning Report on Trudeau Government

Vancouver, April 24 – Today Canada’s Office of the Auditor General released the Spring 2018 Report by Commissioner on Environment and Sustainable Development Julie Gelfand, who stated that “the government is not prepared to implement the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda.” In a nationally broadcast announcement, and in the report itself, Gelfand exhibited an Environmental Petition submitted to the Federal Government by the BC Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC), which provided foundational questions about Agenda 2030 to 17 Federal Ministries (section 2.12, exhibit 2.2.).

In Canada, Civil Society Organizations such as BCCIC are at the forefront on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The environmental petition, filed in September 2017, sought to find out what plans each department had to implement Agenda 2030. BCCIC found a similar outcome as Gelfand, with a lack of clear leadership, lack of implementation plan, and lack of system to measure, monitor and report on progress against national targets. Many of the responses were word for word the same across departments, and several departments responded that Agenda 2030 was “outside of their purview” – which is counter to Gelfand’s statements that Canada needs a “whole government approach” to implement the international agenda.

“In light of this report we hope the Trudeau government will be able to see the remarkable opportunity that the SDGs provide for a country like Canada” says Michael Simpson, Executive Director of BCCIC. “We look forward for the government to step up and take real leadership in the global community.”

The BC Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) is a network of organizations and individuals working toward sustainable development. The organization focuses on advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals within Agenda 2030, and works locally in British Columbia, as well as nationally and internationally to contribute to global discourse on sustainable development. The organization engages on policy and public engagement, and has been working on models for measuring progress on the Sustainable Development Goals in communities in British Columbia.

Media Contacts:

Diane Connors

BCCIC Communications Officer

diane@bccic.ca

604.899.4475 (office)

Michael Simpson

BCCIC Executive Director

mike@bccic.ca

604.989.9402

Deborah Glaser

BCCIC Senior Policy Analyst

deborah@bccic.ca

604.899.4475 (office)

More Information:

“Media Advisory: Will Canada Get Slammed Again by Julie Gelfand?” BCCIC
https://www.bccic.ca/media-advisory-will-canada-get-slammed-again-by-julie-gelfand/

The Spring Reports can be found on the Office of the Auditor General of Canada’s Website, including Report 2, “Canada’s Preparedness to Implement the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.”
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_cesd_201804_e_42985.html

The BCCIC Environmental Petition “Canada’s progress on implementing and reporting on Agenda 2030” is also available online:
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/pet_410_e_42849.html