Governance is generally understood to involve sharing governing responsibility among the public, private and voluntary sectors.  Whereas a traditional government approach is top-down, hierarchical and operates in isolation from other stakeholders, governance cultivates horizontal, flexible relationships for policy-making.  A policy is a plan or course of action, as of a government, political party, or business, intended to influence and determine decisions, actions, and other matters.  

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Topic Events

Local and Regional Governments at COP23

Local and regional governments are strengthening their resolve to curb climate change and prepare for its effects. They will come together during COP23 to launch key initiatives and strategic coalitions that shape global climate action.

Nov 06 to 17 2017, 9:00am - 5:00pm
CET

Call for proposals: IPPC Conference on Cities and Climate Change Science

The conference aims to inspire the next frontier of research focused on the science of cities and climate change. The primary goal of the conference is to assess the state of academic and practice-based knowledge related to cities and climate change, and to establish a global research agenda based on the joint identification of key gaps by the academic, practitioner and urban policy-making communities.

Sep 11 to Oct 06 2017, 12:30pm - 11:45pm
AB, Edmonton, Edmonton
MDT

UN Summer Academy 2017: Localizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development is pleased to invite you to the UN Summer Academy 2017 titled Localizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development happening from 21 to 25 August 2017 in Bonn, Germany. This 5-day engaging programme fosters rich interaction on issues relevant to the work of the UN and its partners in the context off the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement through panel discussions, workshops, excursions and practical clinics such as Share Fair and Application Labs (App Labs).

Aug 21 to 25 2017, 9:00am - 6:00pm
CET

Topic Resources

Tracking the SDGs in Canadian Cities: SDG 1

"In 2011, 81 per cent of Canadians lived in urban centres (Statistics Canada, 2011). Cities are the epicentres of arts and culture as well as hubs for business and economic growth, and as such they are important stakeholders in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. To ensure that cities are on track to contribute to these goals, assessments of indicators aligned with the SDG framework are necessary to identify what is working and where more attention should be devoted. IISD’s SGD Indicator Portal tracks SDG progress in 13 cities across Canada.

Open Source Sustainability

"When a company, community or citizen wants to act to cut their footprint, reduce their carbon emissions or enhance their responsibility, they ask, “What can I do?” Until now, the sustainability community has answered, “Hire me.”

Sustainability is too important to leave to consultants making money by protecting proprietary information. The knowledge and tools needed to implement genuine sustainability should be available to everyone.

WHO AND WHAT GETS LEFT BEHIND? ASSESSING CANADA’S DOMESTIC STATUS ON THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

"This [Brookings Institution Working Paper 108, October 2017] paper presents a framework for assessing Canada’s status on the SDGs. It aims to adhere as much as practical to the formal U.N. targets, indicators, and database, while also drawing extensively from other sources, especially for sub-national assessments.