Sustainable Development Goals: What you need to know and what your institution needs to do

Date: Dec 2, 2021
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 am (PST)
Format: Online
Hosted By: BCCIE
Cost: Free


Join us on December 2 for BCCIE’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG): What you need to know and what your institution needs to do webinar.

The SDGs are a collection of 17 interlinked “global goals” designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”. They were established in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly and adopted by all 193 member states and are intended to be achieved by the year 2030. The SDGs are comprehensive and essentially a roadmap for countries and governments, for organizations and industry, for communities and individuals, and importantly for educational institutions and districts, to assume responsibility for a more prosperous, safer, and more sustainable future for all.

This webinar requires no previous knowledge of SDGs. It will be a conversation between the global and macro mapping and implementation of the SDGs and the journey of engagement of one local university’s international office. A Q&A session to follow.

For more information on the SDGs, and to see the 17 goals, please visit

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Laurel Patterson is the Head of SDG Integration in UNDP’s Global Policy Network at the United Nations. Laurel was previously Senior Global Policy Advisor, leading integrated policy development for SDG implementation in fragile and conflict affected settings. Prior to joining the Global Policy Network, Laurel was Deputy Director of the UN System Affairs Group leading on UN reform, and previously the Deputy Director of the Partnerships Group in UNDP’s Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy. 

Laurel held several field-based assignments, including as rule of law specialist and chief of planning in Somalia and advisor for a sub-regional peacebuilding initiative in the Great Lakes of Africa. Before UNDP, she was the Associate Director of International Affairs at Simon Fraser University in Canada, where she led the university’s international development portfolio, focused on primary education in Africa and Southeast Asia. Laurel started her career with the UN on assignment with UN Women in Zimbabwe and Angola, as part of their flagship portfolio on women, peace and security. Laurel has a MPhil Degree in International Relations, Cambridge University, UK.

Shaheen Nanji (MA, International Studies) is interim Executive Director, SFU International and is responsible for the collaborative development and implementation of the University’s international engagement.

As a convener of engagement and dialogue on global issues, she is committed to collaboration between diverse disciplines, sectors, cultures, perspectives, and interests for deeper impact. Her areas of work have included international development; the Sustainable Development Goals; refugees and migration; equity, diversity, and inclusion; education; and diaspora. She serves on the Board of the Proteknon Foundation for Innovation and Learning and is an Associate of the SFU Centre for Dialogue.