MIL-OSI Canada: Minister Sudds provides an update on Canada’s progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

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Source: Government of Canada News

June 12, 2024        Gatineau, Quebec        Employment and Social Development Canada                    

The Government of Canada is committed to building a more peaceful, inclusive and prosperous world. Addressing today’s most pressing social, economic and environmental challenges, including poverty, inequality and climate change, is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Canada strongly supports the United Nations 2030 Agenda and is working with national and international partners to enable and accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals.

With just six years left in the 2030 Agenda, reporting on Canada’s progress is more important than ever. From civil society organizations establishing affordable housing units to businesses transforming their operations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, every Canadian benefits and plays a role in implementing the 2030 Agenda.

Today, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Jenna Sudds, provided virtual remarks at the Social Finance Forum, celebrating the first year of implementation of the Social Finance Fund and the valuable work being undertaken in the social finance ecosystem. Social Innovation and Social Finance plays an important role in helping advance the Sustainable Development Goals by supporting social purpose organizations and their efforts to tackle socio-economic and environmental challenges. During her remarks, the minister also launched Taking Action Together: Canada’s 2024 Annual Report on the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. The 2024 Annual Report showcases Canada’s progress domestically and internationally toward advancing the goals in anticipation of the upcoming United Nations High-Level Political Forum in July.

Minister Sudds highlighted key progress from the report, such as Canada’s continued engagement with provinces, territories, municipalities, Indigenous partners and stakeholders on the development of the National School Food Program, which aims to provide 400,000 more kids healthy meals at school. Additionally, she spoke about the ongoing implementation of the Canada-wide early learning and child care system with provincial, territorial, and Indigenous partners that is helping ease financial strains on low-income families and individuals. On the international front, she highlighted Canada’s efforts to advance the goals, including implementing international assistance programming around the world in partnership with 185 Canadian organizations, as guided by Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy.

Canada’s 2024 Annual Report incorporates diverse perspectives from organizations and individuals such as provinces and territories, municipalities, Indigenous Peoples, youth, civil society organizations and key stakeholders. Together, we are creating a more equitable future.

To read the full report, visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/agenda-2030/2024-annual-report-sdg.html

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