Nova Scotians challenged to apply Global Goals to local realities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Halifax, October 14, 2015 ─ Shannon Kindornay, a recognized expert on the recently adopted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), will discuss what this new global agenda means for Nova Scotia, in an upcoming public event, to be held at the McCain Building, 6135 University Avenue on October 20th at 7:30 p.m.

Agreed upon by 193 countries including Canada in September 2015, these 17 goals, also known as the Global Goals, aim to integrate key aspects of economic, social and environmental well-being as part of an ambitious and transformative framework to end poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change over the next 15 years.

An important aspect of these Global Goals is that they apply to all countries and are intended to address poverty everywhere, leaving no one behind. For Canada, this will mean tackling ongoing marginalization and inequalities here at home, as well as contributing to solving these issues in less developed countries.

“Global challenges no longer respect national borders, and Canada must play its part,” said Ms. Kindornay. “This means working across sectors and at all political levels to find sustainable solutions to deep-rooted challenges.”

While achieving the goals by the year 2030 will require that national, regional and local governments take ownership, both business and civil society organizations also need to be involved.

The talk will address the question of what these Global Goals mean for Nova Scotia: What levels of government do the Global Goals apply to? How can civil society organizations in Nova Scotia use them in their work? How can we engage Nova Scotians? What opportunities are there for collaboration across sectors to implement the Goals in Nova Scotia and around the world?

“This agenda is of unprecedented scope and significance. It is in fact an action plan to ensure the future of humanity and the planet,” said Carolyn Whiteway, Acting Executive Director of the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation. “Nova Scotians can contribute, and the first step is to know what these goals are all about,” she added.

Ms. Kindornay will be available for media interviews by phone prior to the event and in person in Halifax on October 19th and 20th.

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Shannon Kindornay is an Adjunct Research Professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. Her research focuses on development cooperation, global governance, and aid and the private sector. Prior to joining Carleton University, Ms. Kindornay was a researcher at the North-South Institute for nearly five years where she produced numerous reports, peer reviewed publications and commentaries on a range of policy issues, including multilateral development cooperation, Canada’s development cooperation program and the role of the private sector in development. Ms. Kindornay holds degrees from Carleton University and Wilfrid Laurier University.

For more information contact:
Janelle Frail
Communications and Program Officer, ACIC
902-431-2311
E-mail: communications@acic-caci.org

For interviews contact:
Shannon Kindornay
613-878-4673
Shannon.kindornay@carleton.ca

Organized by the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC), Department of International Development Studies at Dalhousie University, the Ecology Action Centre and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.