End extreme poverty. Fight inequality and injustice. Tackle climate change. All by 2030.

These are three extraordinary things that we’d all like to see happen. The Global Goals for Sustainable Development, which world leaders committed to in 2015, lay out the framework for how they can be achieved.

The 15-year framework includes 17 goals and 169 accompanying targets.

To develop the goals, the United Nations undertook a global survey – My World2015 – to understand what issues matter most to individuals around the world and to use that feedback to inform these global priorities.

The resulting Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) incorporate all dimensions of development – economic, social and environmental.

Nationally, Statistics Canada will begin to track and align with SDGs this fall.

Locally, knowing that SDGs are universal helps The Foundation understand our work is part of a larger global development effort.

Philanthropy has a key role to play in ‘bringing home’ the SDGs. As community foundations have deep and longstanding ties within each of our communities, we have existing knowledge of where strengths and gaps lie.

“The goals provide a mutual language and create new windows for collaboration. Foundations who view the goals as essential and urgent calls to action for every sector, will have a clear way of connecting their own local efforts to broader humanitarian goals,” says the 2016 Council on Foundations and SDG funders report, From Global Goals to Local Impact: How Philanthropy Can Help Achieve the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals [PDF].

In recognition that community foundations are an essential aspect of civil society and have a role to play, and as part of its Vital Signs initiative, The Foundation is exploring how the Global Goals for Sustainable Development fit within our work.

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Our work at The Foundation fits with six of the 17 United Nations sustainable development goals.