WHEN was the proud recipient of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Recognition Award during UN’s 72 Anniversary Ceremony at the Toronto City Hall on October 21st, 2017. WHEN was recognized for its outstanding efforts in helping advance action towards Sustainable Development Goal #6 – Clean Water and Sanitation, and Goal #11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. These 17 Goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities. The SDGs came into effect in January 2016, and they will continue to guide The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) policy for the next 15 years.
WHEN promotes sustainable development, environmental justice, and toxic free communities by leveraging women as champions for change. There are enormous challenges facing environmental issues today and a growing number of individuals are calling for clean air, food, and water. With the help of many generous donors, WHEN has worked to address a variety of environmentally linked health issues such as asthma, reproductive health, chemical and electrical sensitivities and particularly cancer prevention. WHEN routinely organizes and participates in environmental health advocacy at both an individual and community level.
Achieving the SDGs requires the partnership of governments, private sector, non-for-profits, civil society and citizens alike to make sure we leave a better planet for future generations. More resources related to the SDGs can be found here.
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