For the first time since the SDGs were launched in 2015, global progress for the Goals has decreased, in large part due to the historic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This decrease in progress is a stark reminder that the UN's Decade of Action for the SDGs is more urgent than ever in helping the world "build forward better" from the pandemic.
In response to this urgency, SDSN Canada is issuing its second 'Member Challenge' to accelerate progress for the SDGs in Canada. We invite all members to take on any of the following challenges and to leverage their networks and influence to make the SDG Agenda a priority in their regions. Over the course of the coming year, we will spotlight member initiatives created from this call to action to inspire others.
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Indigenous Initiatives Office.