This post originally appeared on the Open Canada blog.
In the months following the election of Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government, there has been much debate in academic and public policy circles as to what Canada’s priorities should be when it comes to its international engagement and presence in world affairs.
In this vein, the Centre for International Policy Studies at the University of Ottawa released a report in November entitled Towards 2030: Building Canada’s Engagement with Global Sustainable Development. The report was written by a working group and co-chaired by Margaret Biggs, a former president of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and John McArthur, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and UN Foundation. It focuses on the “the pursuit of a stable, inclusive, healthy and thriving global society that lives within nature’s means and provides an adequate resource base for future generations” – or what its authors call “global sustainable development.”
Simply put, the report stresses the need for Canadians to change the way we think about international development – an area in which, they argue, Canada has been falling behind.
In advance of a roundtable at the University of Toronto’s Massey College on Jan 27, OpenCanada asked Biggs and McArthur why Canadians should care about global sustainable development and what Canada’s next steps should be as it strives to deepen its international engagement in a 21st century world.