Thank you very much for the invitation to today's committee meeting.
As you've highlighted through your question, the engagement of all Canadians will in fact be critical to Canada's achieving the SDGs, and this is the case for all countries. It is a universal agenda, which means that it's global. It's not only for developing countries. It's also for Canada and Canadians and all levels of government.
In fact, there is room for greater awareness amongst Canadians and at all levels of government. The announcement by the government on April 17 of the plans to develop a national strategy recognizes this, that we will be developing a national strategy in consultation with the private sector, academia, civil society and all Canadians. The new SDG unit will be critical to building that awareness.
On April 17 we online a new web portal that is meant to help build that awareness. It is asking Canadians to provide their contributions to how they're helping achieve the SDGs.