RCE Peterborough Kawartha Haliburton - 2020

Advancing the SDGs 2030 Agenda in the Peterborough and Kawartha Area
Basic Information
Title of project : 
Advancing the SDGs 2030 Agenda in the Peterborough and Kawartha Area
Submitting RCE: 
RCE Peterborough Kawartha Haliburton
Contributing organization(s) : 
Kawartha World Issues Centre (KWIC)
Camp Kawartha
Focal point(s) and affiliation(s)
Julie Cosgrove
Organizational Affiliation: 
Kawartha World Issues Centre
Language of project: 
Date of submission:
Friday, October 2, 2020
Additional resources: 
This project builds upon a Community Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals that was held by KWIC in March, 2019.
2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
At what level is the policy operating?: 
Geographical & Education Information
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
Socioeconomic and environmental characteristics of the area : 
According to a 2018 situational analysis from the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis, there are about 141,000 people residing in the Peterborough and the Kawartha region. Out of this population, in 2016, approximately 64,000 of them were employed. The age demographic is older and the unemployment rate is higher than the Ontario average. There are four post secondary institutions including Trent University and Fleming College.
This area has an abundance of natural assets including lakes, rivers, wetlands, alvars, drumlins, and wildlife.
Description of sustainable development challenge(s) in the area the project addresses: 
This project addresses the higher rates of poverty, unemployment and low income in the area; the need for equitable, accessible and quality education on sustainable development for all; clean water and sanitation related issues that are affecting water quality for humans, especially local First Nations, and wildlife alike; and climate change issues such as extreme weather resilience, that is a global challenge.
March, 2020 to March, 2021
The Sustainable Development Goals address the global, interconnected challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The 17 Goals are at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015. To learn more the UN SDGs, visit: sustainabledevelopment.un.org

Local communities across the world have started to mobilize efforts to take action on the UN SDGs. At the 2019 Community Forum in Peterborough, we explored diverse local actions and initiatives that connect to the Goals. We also undertook a collective process of prioritizing existing and emergent initiatives, in order to identify five key goals - and related actions - that reflect our community’s strengths and concerns. This project will raise awareness and support of the SDGs, enhance efforts across sectors towards achieving these local priorities, and host another Community Forum on SDGs in February, 2020. This project is centered upon the key principles of fostering and integrating Indigenous Knowledge Leadership into our approaches and leaving no one behind.
1. Raising awareness and support of the 2030 Agenda;
2. Enhancing multi-stakeholder efforts by promoting partnership and bridging efforts across
sectors in support of the 2030 Agenda;
3. Ensuring that Canada’s progress on the 2030 Agenda leaves no one behind, including
vulnerable or marginalized groups; and,
4. Fostering and integrating Indigenous knowledge into approaches and efforts to achieve the
2030 Agenda.
Activities and/or practices employed: 
1. Create educational materials that profile the SDGs;
2. Leverage the 2019 Forum Report as a tool to help contextualize the Goals, and to highlight local priorities that were identified;
3. Build upon the 2019 Community Forum Report to identify existing initiatives and partnerships that are working to advance each of the priority SDGs;
4. Establish five Priority Action Teams focused on each of the identified priority goals.
5. Build bridges with trusted local organizations, who are already supporting priority populations, to enable and support their ongoing participation on the five local working groups; and,
6. Host a second community forum in 2020, centered on the theme Leave No One Behind.
Key messages: 
The Kawartha World Issues Centre in partnership with GreenUP launched a project to localize the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Peterborough. It aims to evaluate and enhance community efforts to further four SDGs: #1 No Poverty, #4 Quality Education, #6 Clean Water and Sanitization, and #13 Climate Action.
Relationship to other RCE activities: 
This project advances our RCE key objectives, including the integration of Indigenous Knowledge, a sustainability education framework for all ages, youth leadership, community-based application, research opportunities, and sharing sustainability knowledge from our communities to those across the globe.
In July 2019, KWIC applied for Sustainable Development Goals Program Funding, in partnership with GreenUP. This grant was awarded in March 2020 by Employment and Social Development Canada.
References and reference materials: 
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
(https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs) and other themes of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
SDG 1 - End poverty in all its forms everywhere 
SDG 4 - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all 
SDG 5 - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls 
SDG 6 - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all 
SDG 10 - Reduce inequality within and among countries 
SDG 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable 
SDG 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts 
SDG 14 - Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development 
Traditional Knowledge  
Curriculum Development 
ESD for 2030-Priority Action Areas
Priority Action Area 5 - Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level