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July 2020

1. SDG spotlight

United Nations SDGs Open Pedagogy Fellowship: Employing the SDGs as a conceptual framework

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), British Columbia

At Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Rajiv Jhangiani, Associate Vice President, Open Education, led the United Nations SDGs Open Pedagogy Fellowship: Employing the SDGs as a conceptual framework. This program is designed to assist faculty members create renewable assignments to help students become agents of change in their own communities.

Currently in its second offering, each fellowship team consists of at least one faculty member from KPU and one faculty member from either Montgomery College in Maryland or Maricopa Community Colleges in Arizona. Each fellowship team will design three renewable assignments during the Summer 2020 semester. A minimum of two renewable assignments will be deployed in the classes of each fellowship team during the subsequent academic year.

Candy Ho, one of the six KPU fellows in the inaugural 2019 cohort, has been incorporating the SDGs in her post-university transition course so that her students can consider the SDG(s) relevant to their career aspirations.

Sustainable Development policy

Cégep Édouard-Montpetit, Quebec

The Board of Directors at Cégep Édouard-Montpetit in Quebec adopted the Sustainable Development policy last year. The Sustainable Development policy demonstrates the institution’s commitment to sustainable development the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The policy includes a strategic management framework to ensure that their efforts towards sustainable development are aligned with their mission, vision, objectives and guiding principles. 

2. SDG News from CICan

Open letter in response to building back better

Our President and CEO, Denise Amyot sent an open letter on behalf of our sector to the three Cabinet Ministers, Minister Catherine McKenna, Minister Steven Guilbeault, and Minister Jonathan Wilkinson, who have been tasked to work on a green recovery plan for building back better. In the letter, we asked the federal government to consider fostering a more sustainable, inclusive, and equitable future for Canadians while considering the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the  Federal Sustainable Development Strategy and the 94 recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

We ask you for your support to ask your presidents to add their signature to the letter or call your MP to get the three Cabinet Ministers’ attention on this letter.

Thank you in advance for your support in working towards the vision of our Strategic Plan – Better Futures for Peoples and Communities.

Increase your capacity to make an impact! Get up to $30,000 to hire youth

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CICan’s Career-Launcher Internships offer new funding to hire youth in four different program streams. You can now get up to $30,000 to hire youth.

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3. SDG Services

Virtual SDG presentation or roundtable

Is your institution interested in growing your understanding of and taking action to advance the SDGs? If so, Judi Varga-Toth, Manager, ImpAct Partnership Services at CICan, is offering to lead virtual presentations or roundtables. In her interactive sessions, she will facilitate dynamic discussions on the SDGs. She will be able to provide insightful examples related to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda and 17 SDGs to inspire and enable your peers to scale up their social and environmental objectives or to drive an inclusion agenda. If you are interested, please send us an email at ImpAct@collegesinstitutes.ca and we will be happy to work with you to make that happen.

4. UNESCO-UNEVOC Updates

In collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany and the German National Commission for UNESCO, UNESCO will organize a series of monthly webinars from September 2020 to April 2021 on how Education for Sustainable Development can build resilience and to transform our lives towards a most sustainable world post-Covid-19.

If you have a story to share through webinars, website and other channels on creative solutions to practice Education for Sustainable Development digitally or remotely during the pandemic or how to apply Education for Sustainable Development in environments where technology is limited during the pandemic, please send an email to future.esd@unesco.org for a form to share your stories by July 20th, 2020.

5. SDG-related events

SDSN Canada Member Challenge

With the systemic disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic presented, there is an urgent need to act upon the 17 SDGs to “build back better”. SDSN Canada is calling on their network members to accelerate progress on the SDGs in Canada by acting upon on one or more of the challenges listed on the SDSN Canada Member Challenge. Members are most welcome to make changes that would be most appropriate for their contexts.

Happy World Skills Day!

On July 15th, Colleges and Institutes Canada will join others around the world to celebrate World Skills Day. This year’s theme is “Skills for a resilient youth”. In partnership with the Permanent Missions of Sri Lanka and Portugal, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, and the International Labour Organisation, are hosting a 2-hour virtual panel discussion focused on the skills for a resilient youth in the era of COVID-19 and beyond. To learn more about this virtual event and other activities in celebration of World Skills Day, please visit the UNESCO-UNEVOC site.

6. SDG-funding opportunities

COVID-19 Young Leaders fund

If you know of any young leaders who are working to design a programme to address the challenges of COVID-19 on the frontlines, please consider sharing the COVID-19 Young Leaders fund with them.

7. SDG Research and Reports

Sustainable Development Report 2020

Find out how Canada is doing and how we rank compared to others. This report highlights the SDG Index and Dashboards for all UN member states. From the report, it is evident that the COVID-19 pandemic will have a negative effect on many of the SDGs. The SDGs can guide societies towards a more resilient and sustainable post-COVID-19 recovery, if they are embraced and acted upon. In addition to making the greatest progress towards the SDGs since 2015, as demonstrated from their SDG Index score, East and South Asian countries have also managed the COVID-19 outbreak more effectively than other regions. Strong international and multisectoral partnerships will be needed to collaborate in solidarity to address and prevent health, economic, and humanitarian crises.

The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020

The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020 presents the most recent data on our progress towards meeting the SGDs by 2030 before the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as some of the initial effects of the coronavirus on specific goals and targets.