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:
- universal: the goals apply in every country, including Canada
- integrated: achievement of any goal is linked to the achievement of all the others
- aspirational: acknowledging the need to move past business as usual and seek transformative solutions
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.
The responses from the SDG roundtables were gathered into the Invisible Mosaic Report, which identified three key opportunities for civil society participation:
- Collaboration – The SDGs as a common language for communication and coordination among groups, with government, and across sectors and scales
- Raising Public Awareness – The SDGs as an opportunity to raise awareness around a range of integrated sustainable development issues
- Political Engagement – The SDGs as an opportunity to engage with political leaders from the local to the global scales, as implementation will require leadership
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.