Global Goals, Local Action: Kelowna’s Voluntary Local Review

While the Sustainable Development Goals are often framed as a global agenda, the priorities outlined in the agenda often require change at local and subnational levels.

This project, developed in partnership with the Global Empowerment Coalition of the Central Okanagan (GECCO), aims to better understand how the Community of Kelowna has aligned local efforts with the global 2030 Agenda. The goal of this project was to review Kelowna’s progress towards achieving the 17 SDGs as outlined in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In conducting one of Canada’s first Voluntary Local Reviews (VLR), BCCIC identified targets and indicators that were within the city’s priorities and abilities to effect change. Identifying trends, challenges, and opportunities relevant to each of the 17 SDGs, this VLR project supports the advancement of sustainability in the community and highlights the important role that cities play in meeting global agendas.