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Media Availability: Is Canada Ready to Implement the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals?

The Office of the Auditor General of Canada has just released a report that reveals the Government of Canada is not adequately prepared to implement the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. IISD's experts are ready to respond.

April 23, 2018

The Office of the Auditor General of Canada has just released a report that reveals the Government of Canada is not adequately prepared to implement the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In a world where water and food shortages are becoming ever more frequent and the effects of climate change are intensifying, the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will prove crucial in achieving social, economic, and environmental sustainable development worldwide.

Experts from the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) are available to comment on what the report’s findings may mean for Canada's contribution to the global agenda on sustainable development, and to explain what the Sustainable Development Goals are, and why they matter.

To speak with any of the following experts, please contact or call (204) 958-7700 ext. 740.

Jane McDonald is IISD's Managing Director and Vice-Chair of the Board of IISD Experimental Lakes Area—the world's freshwater laboratory.

Jane works to advance research aimed at protecting the health of fresh water around the world and exploring the impacts (and mitigating the effects of) climate change.

Jane has over 15 years of Canadian and international experience working on environmental issues in both the public and private sectors.

Lynn Wagner is the Group Director of IISD's SDG Knowledge program.

She oversees projects that seek to increase the accountability of decision making for the SDGs, enhance engagement in SDG implementation, develop SDG indicator and reporting tools, and support SDG implementation. 

Stefan Juncurt is the Lead, SDG Indicators and Monitoring for IISD's SDG Knowledge Program.

He works in the areas of sustainable agriculture, genetic resources for food and agriculture, and linkages between international regulation on biodiversity conservation and other issue areas such as trade and climate change.  

About IISD

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is an award-winning independent think tank working to accelerate solutions for a stable climate, sustainable resource management, and fair economies. Our work inspires better decisions and sparks meaningful action to help people and the planet thrive. We shine a light on what can be achieved when governments, businesses, non-profits, and communities come together. IISD’s staff of more than 250 experts come from across the globe and from many disciplines. With offices in Winnipeg, Geneva, Ottawa, and Toronto, our work affects lives in nearly 100 countries.

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