Media Advisory + Press Release: Canada Unprepared to Meet UN Targets. BC Civil Society Calls for Action.

 

UPDATE: Watch the video of the press conference here: http://www.cpac.ca/en/programs/headline-politics/episodes/61971471

 

Media Advisory

Press Conference: Canada is Unprepared to Meet UN targets. BC Civil Society calls for Action.

Who: Michael Simpson of the BC Council for International Cooperation

Jenny Kwan, MP for Vancouver-Mount Pleasant, potentially Nathan Cullen, MP for Skeena—Bulkley Valley

What: Press Conference – Announcement, Question & Answer

Canada must do its part to implement the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030. However, a recent BCCIC environmental petition and a recent report by the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development Julie Gelfand (released April 24) finds Canada woefully unprepared to do so. In stark contrast, civil society in British Columbia is charging ahead to do its part. Canada can, and must, step up internationally and walk our talk. We have both a good and bad news story to tell as our journey toward the deadline of 2030 approaches.  

Where: Charles Lynch Room, Centre Block, Parliament Hill

When: May 8th, 10am – 10:30 a.m

Why: In sharp contrast to countries like the Netherlands or Norway, Canada is failing to do its part internationally to implement action on the seventeen international Sustainable Development Goals. Both at home and abroad, the report and the BCCIC environmental petition reveal a story of mismatched intentions and confused jurisdiction. While Canada and the Prime Minister have made laudable intentions widely known regarding the United Nations, the facts point to a much different story here in Canada.

Contact:

Diane Connors

Communications Officer, BC Council for International Cooperation

Cell: 780.729.7651 Office: 604.899.4475   Email: diane@bccic.ca

Michael Simpson

Executive Director, BC Council for International Cooperation

Cell: 604.989.9402   Email: mike@bccic.ca

 

Press Release: Canada is Unprepared to Meet UN targets. BC Civil Society calls for Action.

May 2, Vancouver – Canada has fallen behind when it comes to doing our part on sustainable development, according to a recent report by the Office of the Auditor General. Civil society leaders who work on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are calling for politicians from all parties in Canada to step up to the challenge after the federal government was recently slammed for being unprepared to implement the international agenda.

“All politicians, everywhere, across jurisdictions need to step up to this obligation,” claims Michael Simpson, Executive Director of the BC Council for International Cooperation, “some are rising to the occasion but most are not.”

“Will we be nationally embarrassed in July when Canada reports on progress regarding Agenda 2030 to the United Nations? The Government of Canada has claimed global leadership but the provinces, territories and municipalities have been left wondering. Perhaps we should be asking for help from the countries who are actually putting in the work to achieve these transformative goals and succeeding” says Simpson.  While Canada scored low in the Auditor General’s report, other countries like the Netherlands and Norway have been spotlighted for their excellent progress. BCCIC has mapped over 2500 groups that are moving ahead with the agenda anyway, despite the lack of federal leadership.

The BC Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) was referenced in the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development’s report for submitting an environmental petition to the Federal Government, seeking answers for how different departments are planning to implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals in what’s known as “Agenda 2030.” Similar to the findings of CESD Commissioner Julie Gelfand, BCCIC found the government woefully unprepared for the national responsibility of advancing sustainable development in Canada, with confused jurisdiction, no national strategy and “too many hands on the wheel.” Indeed, some departments, like the Ministry of Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, claim that food security or sustainable agriculture (Goal 2) are not their purview. Others, such as Global Affairs Canada (Goal 1) and the Ministry of Justice and the Attorney General of Canada (Goal 16) responded with a detailed understanding of Canada’s responsibilities. The question at this point is who is in charge?  Will we do our part in time?

Contact:

Diane Connors

Communications Officer

BC Council for International Cooperation

Cell: 780.729.7651 Office: 604.899.4475

Email: diane@bccic.ca

Michael Simpson

Executive Director

BC Council for International Cooperation

Cell: 604.989.9402

Email: mike@bccic.ca

 

More Information:

“Canada’s Preparedness to Implement the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals” – Julie Gelfand, Commissioner of Environment and Sustainable Development, Office of the Auditor General:

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” submitted by the BC Council for International Cooperation: http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/pet_410_e_42849.html

“It’s time Canada act on the Sustainable Development Goals” by Julia Sanchez of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation

https://www.hilltimes.com/2018/05/02/time-canada-act-sustainable-development-goals/142385

“Canadian Audit Report Highlights Need for Stronger Federal Leadership for SDG Implementation” by Stefan Jungcurt of the International Institute for Sustainable Development

http://sdg.iisd.org/news/canadian-audit-report-highlights-need-for-stronger-federal-leadership-for-sdg-implementation/

“Environment Commissioner: Canada Unable To Fulfill UN Sustainable Development Promise” by Zi-Ann Lum for the Huffington Post

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2018/04/24/justin-trudeau-united-nations-sustainable-development-goals_a_23419058/

 

(Release Media Advisory to – Parliamentary Secretary at the Charles Lynch Centre Block)

613.992.4511  pressres2@parl.gc.ca