Speaker: Jon Beale, Manager of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) of Canada
In September 2015, world leaders from all 193 United Nations (UN) member states adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to guide global action on the urgent environmental, political, and economic challenges facing our planet. Four years into the mandate, progress has been slow. No country is on track to achieve their SDG commitments, and many countries are moving backwards with inequalities and environmental degradation continuing to rise.
As we look ahead, it is clear that the SDGs provide a roadmap for a more balanced and equitable future. From changes in our energy sector, to ensuring clean drinking water in Indigenous communities, to housing shortages in our cities, the SDGs provide a framework to unite Canadian voices and ensure that transitions are just and that the most vulnerable are not left behind. The SDGs act as a guiding light from which diverse groups can compare approaches, align efforts, and monitor outcomes towards a better Canada.
Jon Beale is the Manager of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) of Canada, hosted at the University of Waterloo. SDSN Canada is part of a global SDSN movement to build a network of universities, colleges, and knowledge institutions working together to create practical solutions to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Jon’s experience comes from a variety of community and economic development roles throughout his career. This includes starting new agricultural businesses with farmer cooperatives in Zambia, leading tourism and climate change research with Inuit and Métis communities in Labrador, and working with municipal leaders throughout North America to identify and highlight economic opportunities with clear pathways for action. Jon’s academic background is in Economics and International Development, with degrees from Queen’s University and the London School of Economics.
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