The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

The central strategy within the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ambitiously strive to eliminate poverty and hunger, address climate change, and secure human rights for all. While the SDGs address global issues, the responsibility of incorporating these goals into national policies lies with individual nations.

We want Canada to take the lead and develop formal policies that work toward reaching the SDGs. Adopting a federal sustainable public procurement policy is the first step. Next is investing in producerled fair trade projects in the global south with ODA funds. After that, we need to reform trade policy and labelling laws.

Through the Fair Trade designation programs, we aim to support Canadians as they lobby our government to adopt these changes. By designing thoroughly researched campaigns, we can rally Canadians to challenge our elected officials to take action. At the same time, we plan to directly advocate for policy change to the federal government.

We want to lobby Canada’s federal government to adopt policies that advance the values outlined in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through fair trade.

By designing thoroughly researched and well-informed advocacy campaigns we can empower Fair Trade Town and Campus leaders across Canada to lobby for policies that fulfill our vision for a fair and sustainable world.

The first step is to create a national advocacy committee to work with our board members and regional fair trade advocates to achieve the following goals:

  • Research and build campaigns with clear goals and specific policy asks
  • Create a guide that shows advocates how to meet and engage their MPs
  • Rally fair trade advocates around campaigns
  • Build upon grassroots momentum by directly engaging the federal government

We have six focus areas: