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Report Launch: Reading Between the Lines – Accelerated Implementation of Agenda 2030

June 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

BCCIC Report Launch Presentation

On June 8, 2020 BCCIC’s spotlight report, entitled Reading Between the Lines – Accelerated Implementation of Agenda 2030 was launched online. This report reflects on transformative principles and innovative approaches to the implementation and acceleration of the Sustainable Development Goals in Canada. Through policy analysis, best practice examples and in depth case studies, this report demonstrates the value of SDG eco-system mapping, holistic and integrated programming, vertical and horizontal policy coherence and multi-stakeholder collaboration that ‘transcends but includes’, all of which are needed more than ever in this final Decade of Action and time of COVID-19. 

We welcome you to take advantage of an exciting opportunity to participate in an informal discussion with the report editor and several of the authors of this report, facilitated by the BCCIC Communications Officer, Rowen Siemens. You will be given an opportunity to submit questions in advance or ask for clarification and elaboration on topics of interest during the webinar. 

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About the Speakers

Dr. Zosa De Sas Kropiwnicki-Gruber is a Senior Policy Analyst & Gender Specialist at BCCIC. She has a doctorate in International Development Studies from the University of Oxford. Zosa has accrued 15 years of experience in research, evaluation, and policy analysis in South East Europe, Central Asia, West Africa, and Southern Africa. Zosa is the editor of the spotlight report and the author of several parts of the report, including Chapter 6 on ‘leave no one behind’. 

Dena Javadi is a health systems researcher with experience in the design, evaluation, and scale-up of health-sensitive interventions. She holds an MSPH from Johns Hopkins University and has been working with the World Health Organization for the past several years on managing intersectoral collaboration, primary care reform, adult learning, and evidence-informed decision-making. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in Population Health Sciences at Harvard University. Dena is the co-author of Chapter 7’s chapter on COVID-19 in the context of the SDGs.

Nora Sahatciu is a development practitioner and a philanthropist who has worked in sustainable development in many countries including Canada, Kosovo, Albania, and Montenegro. In recent years, Nora served as the Head of the UN Coordination Team in the UN Kosovo Team and also worked with various UN organizations including UNDP, UNOPS, and UN Country Teams in Kosovo and Montenegro. Nora is also the Co-Vice President of UNAC Vancouver. She earned a degree in Engineering and Architecture from the University of Prishtina in Kosovo, and holds a Masters Degree in Economics of Culture: Policy, Governance and Management from the Faculty of Economics, University of Rome (“Tor Vergata”) and a Specialization in Gender and Sexuality studies from Dartmouth College. Nora is the co-author of Chapter 2 that focuses on working across scales and localization.

Mike Simpson is the Executive Director of the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC). Prior to working for BCCIC, Mike was the Executive Director of One Sky – The Canadian Institute for Sustainable Living. His work varied, from leading major bilateral projects in West Africa, including Nigeria and Sierra Leone, to working in Latin America on projects ranging from forest conservation to leadership development. Mike authored Chapter 3 on multi-stakeholder engagement and wicked problem-solving. 

Keila Stark is an interdisciplinary researcher with a background in marine ecology, international environmental diplomacy, and social equity in biodiversity conservation. She was a contributing author to BCCIC’s Where Canada Stands Volumes II and III, and represented the BCCIC’s work at the High-Level Political Forum on the 2030 Agenda and meetings of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Her recent work with the University of Queensland’s Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science focused on understanding how incorporating social equity into conservation interventions can contribute to human well-being in lower-income countries. She is currently a Ph.D. student in the Biodiversity Research Centre at the University of British Columbia. Keila authored Chapter 1 (SDG ecosystem mapping) and Chapter 4 (spillover effects).

Laurel Wayne-Nixon has a Master’s Degree in International Environmental Studies from a university in Norway. Laurel is the Partnership Development and Office Manager at BCCIC. During her time with BCCIC Laurel has authored more than five policy briefs on SDG Implementation in Canada and helped lead a delegation of over 20 youth to the UN during the 2019 High-Level Political Forum (HLPF). During the HLPF 2019, she organized a side event on Agenda 2030 and Intergenerational Equity with the Canadian government and spoke on a panel about Canada’s progress on SDG 16 at the South Korean consulate. Laurel is the co-author of Chapter 2, focusing on localization processes in Canada. 

Tanya Wragg-Morris is a Research Analyst at Capilano University and an independent development consultant, working at the nexus of social, environmental, and economic policy. Recent work has focused on gender mainstreaming across various sectors: energy, agriculture, and climate change. Tanya has acquired past experience as Research Analyst with the London School of Economics Public Policy Group, UNDP/International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth, and as a Senior Analyst for the IFC/World Bank. She is a graduate of Queen’s University (BAH) in Economics and Geography and the London School of Economics (M.Sc.) in Public Policy and Philosophy. Tanya authored the chapter on gender equality and women’s empowerment (Chapter 5) in the report. 


About the Facilitator

Rowen Siemens is the Communications Officer at BCCIC. At present, a key component of Rowen’s role at BCCIC is facilitating opportunities for public engagement on the SDGs and other global issues. Rowen was a BCCIC delegate to the 64th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW64), and has facilitated round tables and panels with BCCIC, including one later this month on climate mitigation and adaptation. Directly prior to taking on her role at BCCIC, Rowen worked for Minority Rights Group International (MRG). Rowen also devotes her spare time to sitting on multiple committees, including a provincial public policy committee. Rowen has a Master’s degree in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


What: Unpacking BCCIC’s shadow report, ‘Reading Between the Lines – Accelerated Implementation of Agenda 2030’

When: Wednesday June 24, from 12:00 – 1:30  pm (Pacific Time) 

Where: Zoom

Cost: Free for BCCIC members, $30 for non-members.

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We look forward to seeing you online!




June 24
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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