In the world of tomorrow, reconciliation, inclusion, localization and gender equality are the key factors that will shape our possibilities of creating a better world for tomorrow.
Canada is on the journey toward a reconciled relationship with Indigenous Peoples who have occupied these lands for millennia. Addressing and acting on reconciliation in global development and humanitarian assistance in Canada and abroad will advance this agenda. Indigenous knowledge, culture and communities around the world have much to contribute and an important role to play in advancing a fairer and more sustainable future.
Canada is seen as, and can continue to be, a beacon of progress in diversity and inclusion for the world. In a time when societies are getting more polarized and divisive, and where globally the space for civil society continues to shrink and our roles and legitimacy are being challenged, inclusive processes, platforms and networks for sustainable development matter more than ever.
In an increasingly globalized world, localization is critical for long-term positive and sustainable impact and change. Localization is about working directly with local and national actors in the global south, who are typically better placed to design and implement effective programs to strengthen grassroots resiliency, independence, leadership, legitimacy and capacity. It is a key factor in helping empower and drive local ownership and solutions to global development and humanitarian challenges.
Gender equality is pivotal to making significant advances towards realizing the Sustainable Development Goals. Through an intersectional and gender-transformative approach that addresses structural barriers to inequality, we must put gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls at the heart of the work of the Canadian global development and humanitarian assistance sector for decades to come