Creativity, Adaptability and Sustainability for the 21st Century

SDGs for Communities

SDGs for Communities


In September 2015 Member States of the United Nations reached an historic agreement on 17 global Sustainable Development (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030. Informed by millions of people from around the world and negotiated at the highest political level, the 17 SDGs and 169 targets provide a generic and invaluable systems map for communities to adapt and use to better understand the inherent interconnections among people, planet and prosperity and to inform local, provincial and national aspirations for our common future.


Contact Darren Swanson now to learn more about what leading jurisdictions are doing and how your community can benefit from mainstreaming the SDGs.

As a consultant to the United Nations I've met with government officials at all levels and from all corners of the world and have already witnessed many exciting innovations in mainstreaming the SDGs into development strategies and plans, be it in raising awareness of the SDGs among citizens, applying multi-stakeholder approaches, adapting SDGs to national and sub-national contexts, achieving horizontal and vertical coordination and coherence, financing and budgeting, monitoring and reporting, or assessing risk and fostering adaptability.


As a past member of the project team for Winnipeg's community wellbeing indicator system, Peg and as a current steering group member, I understand and appreciate how critically important stakeholder engagement is in conceptualizing, measuring and navigating progress toward community wellbeing, quality of life and sustainability.


If you are curious about the benefits of adapting the SDGs to your community, or if you are just stuck on how to proceed or looking for a particular tool, feel free to contact me and learn more.