United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Why they matter and what we're doing

13 July, 2020

OurWinnipeg 2045 recognizes that we need to work together to achieve complex global issues through local leadership and action. OurWinnipeg’s goals, objectives, and policy directions are based on 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and endorsed by the Government of Canada. OurWinnipeg 2045 localizes and condenses the SDGs into six key goals for the City of Winnipeg (see Figure 1 below). This framework provides a basis for achieving sustainable development, respecting human rights and measuring progress.

Figure 1 - OurWinnipeg Goals

Moving from Policy to Action

The revisions to OurWinnipeg 2045 sets the stage for actions and measure progress through strategic policy direction aligned with the SDGs. Policy areas that have been given additional emphasis include:

  • Addressing systemic barriers to participation
  • Integrating Indigenous perspectives
  • Reducing poverty and addressing climate change impacts
  • Understanding the social determinants of health
  • Setting intensification targets for residential development
  • Shifting to more sustainable transportation modes and less reliance on personal vehicles

The adoption of OurWinnipeg will start the process of creating a Strategic Priorities Action Plan in response to a strong public sentiment about the importance of policy implementation. Taking action on these goals will benefit from collaboration with the community.

We are using Peg community indicators (OurWinnipeg draft, page 37) as a starting point to understand the current state of the community and prioritize actions that respond to community needs.

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