Welcomes

Message from Simon Brault, Director and CEO, Canada Council for the Arts

In April, the Canada Council for the Arts launched its Strategic Plan 2016–21, Shaping a New Future, in the wake of an historic announcement about the progressive doubling of its budget by the federal government during the same period. This plan presents an ambitious and generous vision for bringing about a true renaissance in the arts in Canada. The Council is providing more support, in innovative ways, for the creation and sharing of the arts and literature. We invite the artists and arts organizations we fund to more fully address the aspirations of Indigenous peoples and youth, and the challenges and opportunities related to diversity, digital technologies and the international scene.

We want to position the arts at the heart of human development in order to build a common future that is inclusive, open and promising for all Canadians. We are counting on artists and arts organizations to redefine their relationship with the public through creativity and accountability. The goal is to place citizens—their expectations, needs and diverse realities—at the heart of the cultural and civic life of our country.

The Council is proud to support the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and recognizes the importance of its mandate and outreach activities, in Canada and abroad. In the year ahead, we foresee an even greater synergy with this special organization's initiatives.

Above all, we are pleased to contribute, together with CCUNESCO and the members of its network, to a future shaped by culture, equity and peace for all.

Simon Brault, O.C., O.Q.
Director and CEO, Canada Council for the Arts

Message from Christina Cameron, President, Canadian Commission for UNESCO

Dear Members and Friends of the Commission,

A watershed moment occurred this past September, when the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Agenda 2030 provides a plan of action for furthering peace, inclusion, prosperity and sustainability by the year 2030. I would like to frame my welcome to readers of this year's Report on Activities around Agenda 2030, which aligns with our own Strategic Plan and overarching priorities of equity, peace and sustainable development.

The Commission occupies a valuable position between civil society and UNESCO, creating opportunities for Canadians to influence policies and share knowledge and best practices. Our activities are designed to contribute to Agenda 2030's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—activities devoted to attaining gender equity, to preserving biodiversity, to building sustainable cities, to safeguarding natural and cultural heritage, and to promoting freedom of expression, to name just a few of our own goals. These examples provide us with a sense of how interconnected the work of the Commission is with respect to Agenda 2030. And this makes perfect sense; just as our ecology is complex and interconnected, so are the SDGs and the work of UNESCO. We will need to adopt a concerted approach if we are to make progress. We have much expertise and experience with such an approach, and we are confident we can bring a great deal to the table.

Needless to say, it's an exciting time for the Commission. With Agenda 2030, we have a new plan of action to frame our efforts as our country takes back its historically proactive role on the international stage. This is a testament to the work of the Commission and our networks—your work. I urge you to reflect back on all that we have collectively achieved in 2015/16 in the realms of education, culture, communication, and the natural, human and social sciences, much of which was devoted to furthering sustainability and the recognition of a need for a more inclusive society.

Christina Cameron, C.M., FRSC
President, Canadian Commission for UNESCO

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No
Poverty

No Poverty 

2
Zero
Hunger

Zero Hunger

3
Good Health
and Well-Being

Good Health >and Well-Being

4
Quality
Education

Quality Education

5
Gender
Equality

Gender Equality

6
Clean Water
and Sanitation

Clean Water and Sanitation

7
Affordable
and Clean Energy

Affordable and Clean Energy

8
Decent Work
and Economic Growth

Decent Work and Economic Growth

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Industry,
Innovation and
Infrastructure

Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

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Reduced
Inequalities

Reduced Inequalities

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Sustainable cities and
communities

Sustainable cities and communities

12
Responsible
consumption
and production

Responsible consumption and production

13
Climate
Action

Climate Action

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Life
Below Water

Life Below Water

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Life
on Land

Life on Land

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Peace, Justice
and Strong
Institutions

Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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Partnerships
for the goals

Partnerships for the goals