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PeaceTalks #30: Sustainable Development Goals - Realistic or Idealistic?

Guest Speaker:
Mike Simpson, Nikunj Soni
Feb 3, 2016
6:00 8:30pm
HiVE Vancouver

Near the end of 2015, the United Nations announced "a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity."

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

" to build on the Millennium Development Goals and complete what these did not achieve.
They seek to realize the human rights of all and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.
They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental."

Join PeaceGeeks and Amnesty International for PeaceTalks #30: Sustainable Development Goals - Realistic or Idealistic? at the HiVE on February 3!

With our expert speakers, this discussion will explore:

- What, exactly, are the SDGs?
- How do they differ from the Millenium Development Goals proposed in 2000 and are they any more likely to succeed?
- What is the potential value of the SDGs and what are the pitfalls?

Our featured speakers are Mike Simpson of the BC Council for International Cooperation, Nikunj Soni, who works for the Pacific Institute of Public Policy and Shannon Kildornay of the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. The discussion will be moderated by Peter Wood of the International Institute for Sustainable Development.

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Jan 12, 2016
Category: PeaceTalks
Time 2:
6 PM to 8 PM

Dalia Association

Crisis Overview

In January 2006, elections brought the Hamas movement to power within the Palestinian Authority and led almost immediately to a near-total cut-off of budgetary support and severe reductions and restrictions in support to civil society in Palestine. Overnight, Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, who had been the largest per capital recipients of international aid in the world, plummeted even further into poverty, and became even more vulnerable to the violence of the Israeli occupation. Emergency aid channeled through multilateral organizations and international non-governmental organizations, has not compensated for the loss of earned income, and in fact, has deepened the sense of indignity and hopelessness that has pervaded the lives of generations of Palestinians.

What They Do

Dalia is a Palestinian non-profit organization that aims to challenge the perception that Palestinians are takers and not givers. Their long-term objective is to engage more Palestinians in philanthropy in its various forms, explore questions on the effective use local resources to address local issues and reduce dependency on international aid by strengthening local accountability. Dalia has chosen to begin addressing this problem through a competition aimed at getting Palestinian youth to identify different examples of Palestinian philanthropy, whether it be sharing money, time, resources, talents, networks or something else that contributes to the community. They want to help create a generation of youth who see that they have a role to play in addressing issues that affect their communities.

Our Impact

We see our role as enablers of change. We can’t lead initiatives to address issues affecting people in other places - but we can help organizations like Dalia to get the tools and capacities they need to execute projects, better manage their resources and reach and engage their communities more effectively to address local issues. Together with Dalia's local expertise on engaging Palestinian youth and PeaceGeeks technical expertise, we created an online contest to encourage Palestinian youth around the world to showcase how they were giving.

PeaceGeeks consistently respected our leadership. They recognized that this was our project and we would decide if it was successful and what success even mean. They were coming to the table with skills we didn't have. They were real true partners in this project. 


Deliverables Summary
  • Philanthropy contest concept design 
  • Implemented online philanthropy contest

PeaceGeeks Contributors

Renee Black - Project Manger - Carey Sessoms - Social Media Expert - Neeveen Bhadur - Graphic Designer - Scott Nelson - Web Developer

Dalia Association Contributors

Nora Murad - Project Coordinator


Organisation Ecotouristique du Lac Oguemoué

Crisis Overview

Half of the world’s wetlands have disappeared due to human interference. Yet wetlands are extremely important to the environment, particularly in their capacity to regulate water and nutrient flows to and from rivers. Lake Oguemoué forms part of the Bas-Ogooué Ramsar site in Gabon, a protected wetlands area of international significance. Surrounded by forests, sandbars, lakes and rivers, the area is home to elephants, lowland gorillas, chimpanzees, forest buffalo, rare birds, hippopotami, and African manatees. Local residents, who traditionally rely on fishing as a livelihood, have been forced to seek alternative sources of income, such as hunting and illegal logging, due to the growing scarcity of fish in the rivers. These actions endanger the environment, including wildlife populations.

What They Do

Organisation Ecotouristique du Lac Oguemoué (OELO) formed in 2010 when a small group of residents from the Lake Oguemoué community decided to protect the Lake and local environment for future generations. OELO’s first project established Tsam Tsam, an ecotourism site that generates revenue for local residents, as well as protects the region’s biodiversity. Through community outreach programs, sustainable fishing initiatives, and other programs, OELO’s mission is to protect the region’s ecosystem, foster environmental awareness, inspire the next generation to be environmental stewards, and help local residents to generate income through sustainable practices.

Our Impact

PeaceGeeks was able to partner with OELO to develop an impressive and effective website that tells their story and attests to the significance of their cause. OELO reports that, with the help of PeaceGeeks, this website has allowed them to build their credibility as an organization. They anticipate that the site will further serve to connect them with donors and partners in order to raise awareness for their cause, and generate income for their conservation efforts.

PeaceGeeks was a wonderful help in getting our website up and running. They continue to be responsive to our technical questions and supportive of our grassroots environmental conservation and education efforts. A sincere thank you from the OELO team in Gabon!

Heather Arrowood, Executive Director
Deliverables Summary
  • Website design
  • Training
  • Content Migration
  • Social media integration
  • Newsletter set-up

PeaceGeeks Contributors

Magdi Rizkallah - Project Manager - Sukwhan Chung - Project Coordinator - Ron Boaz - Project Coordinator

Organisation Ecotouristique du Lac Oguemoué Contributors

Heather Arrowood - Executive Director

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