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Canada won’t meet its UN Sustainable Development Goals, 2020 biodiversity targets unless it takes urgent action

By Martin Settle      

The good news is that some urgent action may be simple, such as supporting on-farm seed diversity.

Julie Gelfand, Canada's federal commissioner of the environment and sustainable development, pictured in Ottawa. The Hill Time photograph by Andrew Meade

Canada will fail to meet both its UN Sustainable Development Goals and 2020 biodiversity targets unless it takes urgent action. That is the conclusion of Julie Gelfand, Canada’s federal commissioner of the environment and sustainable development, in two reports recently tabled in the House of Commons: “Canada’s Preparedness to Implement the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals” and “Conserving Biodiversity.” The good news is that some urgent action may be simple, such as supporting on-farm seed diversity.

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