What is the purpose of Together Alberta?
Together Alberta was created to demonstrate how Albertans are working towards sustainable development in Canada and around the world. This website shares a diverse collection of stories about the inspiring sustainable development work being done by Albertans and Alberta-based organizations. With a focus on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Together aims to educate and inspire new audiences to learn, share, and take action for a more sustainable and just future.
From human rights to human health, watershed protection to poverty reduction, Albertans are making a difference at home and around the world.
What is sustainable development and what are the "Sustainable Development Goals"?
Sustainable development has been defined as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" (Our Common Future). In other words, it means to tackle present-day issues around the globe with solutions that will benefit future generations as well. Sustainable development applies to issues broad and small, such as poverty, climate change, economic development, quality education, good health, and more.
In 2015, world leaders created a global agenda for sustainable development at the United Nations, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development outlines 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved in all countries by 2030. The agenda spans economic, social and environmental issues to benefit all people everywhere. You can read more about the SDGs on the United Nations SDG portal.