In 2015, the 193 member states of the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This set of 17 goals aim to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for everyone in every country on Earth by 2030.
Three years later, how is Canada doing in its efforts to meet those goals on behalf of its citizens? That will be the focus of the Generation SDG Summit on April 22 to 25, hosted by the Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI).
TVO will be there to live-stream four public lectures. The Agenda will also produce three episodes related to the summit's discussions.
- Monday, April 23: Building sustainable cities and communities. Steve Paikin moderates a discussion between mayors to discuss how Sustainable Development Goal 11, building sustainable cities and communities, has guided their vision for their cities, and the increasingly important role of cities in moving toward all of the sustainable development goals. The program also features an interview with Katherine Wilkinson, senior writer of Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming.
- Tuesday, April 24: Ending poverty in all its forms everywhere. The Sustainable Development Goal 1 has as its objective to eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day, by 2030. Is it possible? What progress has been made? And how do we reconcile the fact that while extreme poverty is declining, income inequality is steadily rising? The program also discusses housing as a human right.
- Wednesday, April 25: Canada's record on tackling SGDs. Canada's Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development Julie Gelfand will detail the findings of a report on how well-prepared the federal government is to achieve the country's sustainable development goals.
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Episodes will be broadcast on their respective dates at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m., Eastern Time, on TVO.
Sunday, April 22, at 4 p.m.: Opening ceremony keynote address by Dr. Katharine Wilkinson of Project Drawdown
- Tuesday, April 24, at 7 p.m.: Public lecture by Dr. Ingrid Waldron of Dalhousie University on environmental racism and the politics of waste
- Wednesday, April 25, at 11 a.m.: Closing ceremony and presentation of the Generation SDG Communiqué
- Wednesday, April 25, at 2 p.m.: Advancing finance for the SDGs panel with Robert Greenhill (Global Canada), Stephen Huddart (J.W. McConnell Foundation), Jennifer Reynolds (Toronto Financial Services Alliance) and Carol Anne Hilton (Indigenomics Institute).
All times Eastern Time.