As a host of SDSN Canada, the University of Waterloo will use its position as home to Canada’s largest Faculty of Environment to share knowledge, activate research and help solve the interconnected economic, social, and environmental challenges confronting the world. The SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector, and civil society, thus opening up exciting new opportunities of collaboration for Waterloo.

A key component of Waterloo’s involvement in the SDSN comes from its partnership with the Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI), a non-profit partnership between the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics and the University of Waterloo. WGSI has been catalyzing collective action since 2009, bringing people with diverse viewpoints together to create multi-disciplinary, inclusive collaboration to address sustainable development challenges. 

What SDSN Canada will do?

  • Build an on-going pan-Canadian network of post-secondary institutions, civil society, and others, to facilitate learning and accelerate problem solving for sustainable development
  • Link Canadian experts to the global SDSN and to global discussions on a universal agenda for sustainable development
  • Organize national/sub-national sustainable development meetings bringing together key actors to identify and promote regional solutions initiatives
  • Foster debate on sustainable development within Canadian academia and society more broadly
  • Conduct action-oriented research that helps Canada adopt and implement policies and practices that provide international leadership in sustainability
  • Develop and continually improve educational programming for sustainable development

The SDSN has been operating globally since 2012 under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General. The SDSN is building national and regional networks of knowledge institutions, solution-focused thematic networks, and the SDG Academy, an online university for sustainable development. Learn more about SDSN worldwide.