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British Columbia has an opportunity to be a global leader.

BC2030: An invitation to think differently.

The BC2030 initiative is an opportunity to think differently. It asks British Columbians to show leadership in creating a better world over the next 15 years from the local to the global scale. Beginning with the provincial elections in 2017, BC2030 will engage British Columbians to work together to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals, a vision for a thriving and sustainable world by 2030. Canada needs innovative leadership to implement these goals, especially at a subnational level, and British Columbia has an opportunity to step up and lead the way.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), also known as the "Global Goals", are an opportunity for British Columbia to show leadership in creating a world we want, both at home and abroad. Launched in 2015, the SDGs are a framework of 17 goals that aim to address the world’s environmental, social, economic, and security challenges. Unprecedented in nature, these new goals are:

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BC2030 and the 2017 Provincial Elections - What We Are Trying to Achieve

1. Greater Provincial Leadership on the SDGs

2. Increase Public Engagement

3. Support the Invisible Mosaic

BC2030 aims to grow awareness and support for the Global Goals at a provincial level. The Goals will require everyone’s contributions to make them a reality. BC2030 aims to increase awareness of the Goals by demonstrating how they can be applied to BC community issues. Support those in BC working on achieving the Goals, including civil society, so that initiatives already underway can continue to grow.

The SDG Roundtables and the Invisible Mosaic

With the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals, the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) began reaching out to groups working on sustainable development in order to ask how their work related to the SDGs and what opportunities the goals presented. This work grew into a series of SDG roundtable meetings that visited seven regions throughout the province, holding 31 meetings in 30 communities. One of the biggest insights from the roundtable meetings was the sheer size of the sustainable development movement in BC. BCCIC identified over 2,200 groups whose work is already contributing to achieving the SDGs either at home or abroad. In follow-up meetings, participants often indicated that this number was just the tip of the iceberg and that there were two or three times as many groups in their communities. All of this suggests that there is an opportunity to advance the SDG framework by getting behind the groups and the individuals already advancing this global agenda.

Invisible Mosaic Report Cover The responses from the SDG roundtables were gathered into the Invisible Mosaic Report, which identified three key opportunities for civil society participation:

BC2030 aims to act on these civil society recommendations to make BC a leader in achieving the SDGs both at home and abroad. In 2016, BC2030 launched with a focus on the upcoming provincial elections as an opportunity for greater political engagement around the SDGs.