Who we are
As a charitable organization, the United Nations Association of Canada (UNAC) educates and engages citizens from all societal sectors to strengthen the important work of the UN, especially to achieve the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs). These include but are not limited to:
Building resilient infrastructure and promoting innovative industrialization;
Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe and resilient;
Conserving and responsibility managing our land and aquatic resources;
Creating successful partnerships to achieve said goals.
In light of this, the city of Sudbury is uniquely positioned to aid UNAC and therefore the UN. No other Canadian city exemplifies the realization of such goals, and their resulting benefit, in as short a time frame as that of Sudbury. In fact, the re-greening of this city over the past 38 years has gained not just national but also international attention, and has become a model for successful multi-stakeholder collaboration across the public and private sectors. Consequently a mutually beneficial partnership between UNAC and Sudbury is possible, where each half strengthens the other as described below.
Sudbury can provide UNAC:
Lessons learned in building and leveraging successful partnerships between indigenous peoples, the scientific and business communities, NGOs, local authorities and other local stakeholders in Canadian cities;
Access to intellectual capital on responsible resource extraction and utilization, environmental stewardship, and cutting-edge green technologies;
Public outreach platforms such as Science North and Dynamic Earth for the widespread promotion and discussion of our 17 SDGs.
In exchange, UNAC can:
Give Sudbury a global stage from which to share its incredible reclamation story and community efforts;
Provide youth access to prestigious international internships, which will equip them with the tools and skills necessary for continued sustainable development in Sudbury;
Expose Sudbury to empathy-based programming (Model UN, New Diplomacy of Natural Resources), which can be used to understand, tailor and utilize global best practices for responsible development to further strengthen our city.