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SDG Policy Dialogue Series: The Intersection of Health and the Climate Emergency

SDG Policy Dialogue Series: The Intersection of Health and the Climate Emergency

Join us for two upcoming dialogues!  

SDG Policy Dialogue: Shaping and implementing meaningful policies to address health implications of climate change

November 25 – 11:00 am – 12:30 EST

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This policy dialogue will convene experts and leading voices in the study of health and climate change to explore the requirements for effective policymaking that can achieve multiple and reinforcing adaptation goals; the health and well being of people and the condition of the socio-ecological environment on which it depends. 

What should inform stages of the policy process from problem conceptualization to design, implementation, and evaluation?

  • State of climate change and health research (local-global participatory approaches)
  • National, subnational, and international information needs and guidance (data and gaps – climate change and health impact assessments, health adaptation monitoring and evaluation)
  • Multisectoral collaboration and coordination (systems-thinking)
    • Ecological knowledge systems
    • Climate resilient health systems
    • Health in All Policies
  • Operationalization at national and sub-national levels


Dr. David Zakus
Adjunct Professor in the Division of Clinical Public Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto & Co-Chair of the Climate Change Working Group, Canadian Association for Global Health Global health and ecological issues

Dr. Sherilee Harper
Canada Research Chair in Climate Change and Health & Associate Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta.

Moderator: Andre Picard
The Globe and Mail & Award-winning national writer and author

Dr. Horacio Arruda
National Director of Public Health and Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Health and Social Services for the province of Quebec, Canada & Chair of the Global Network for Health in All Policies

Melanie Goodchild
Senior Indigenous Research Fellow and Associate, Waterloo Institute for Social Innovations and Resilience & Founder, Turtle Island Institute

SDG Policy Dialogue: Canada’s role: 2030 National Agenda and Factors Influencing Federal Uptake of SDGs

November 25 – 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST

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In 2015, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were ratified by member countries (including Canada).  They provide a global framework for action for people, the planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership, and an explicit focus on “leaving no one behind”. When the SDGs were first ratified, several challenges, including enhanced intersectoral and coordinated leadership efforts, were identified as gaps in furthering this ambitious agenda. This Dialogue will feature presentations by Olivier Bullion (SDG Unit, Government of Canada) on Canada’s Agenda 2030 National Strategy: the federal contribution, as well as Erica Di Ruggiero and Joslyn Trowbridge (Dalla Lana School of Public Health) who will share preliminary research findings from a research project investigating the global, social, political and economic factors influencing the federal uptake of SDGs in Canada. A facilitated dialogue led by Sameera Hussain will follow the presentations.


Olivier Bullion, Director, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Unit, Government of Canada
Olivier joined ESDC in June 2019 to head the SDG Unit.  Created in 2018, the SDG Unit is to lead the overall coordination of Canada’s 2030 Agenda and its 17 SDGs, in close collaboration with all other departments and agencies. It is notably mandated to develop a National Strategy, a Federal Implementation Plan, both released this year, monitor and report on activities related the 2030 Agenda, raise public awareness of, and support for, the 2030 Agenda, foster new partnerships and networks to advance the SDGs, and develop and administer the SDG Funding program. Olivier has spent the better part of his career working in the diplomatic service at Global Affairs Canada, and has held various assignments in Europe, Asia, Middle East and North America.  He is an avid traveller, having visited more than 70 countries around the world.  Olivier is a policy expert and economist who strongly believes that the SDGs help build a better world.

Erica Di Ruggiero
Dr. Erica Di Ruggiero is an Associate Professor of Global Health in the Division of Social and Behavioural Health Sciences Division and Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation, at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH), University of Toronto. She is also the Director of the Centre for Global Health and the Collaborative Specialization in Global Health.  Her program of research examines how evidence affects global policy agendas related to employment, other determinants and health equity in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals. She addresses governance-related questions about the roles of global and national institutions in health and health equity. She also studies the implementation of population health interventions (policies, programs), using novel conceptual and methodological tools to conduct comparative policy research on global social and health inequities. She holds a PhD in public health sciences from the University of Toronto. She is Editor-in-Chief of Global Health Promotion and the co-director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Health Promotion.

Moderator: Dr. Sameera Hussain
Dr. Sameera Hussain is a global health policy expert working at the intersection of academia, policy, and practice. Her current work is focused on transformation in the post-COVID19 context using systems approaches for effective policy-making. She works at the Public Health Agency of Canada advancing strategic priorities for post-COVID-19 recovery and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa’s School of Epidemiology and Public Health. She is passionate about knowledge mobilization to bridge the evidence to policy gap in health systems. She maintains an active research agenda around health equity, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), structural determinants of health, and whole-of-government approaches to health and well-being. Dr. Hussain serves on the editorial board of BMC’s Globalization and Health Journal. She holds a doctorate in global public health and degrees in political and development studies.

Joslyn Trowbridge
Joslyn Trowbridge is a Ph.D. candidate in Social and Behavioural Health Sciences at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and a Research Fellow with the Global Strategy Lab. Her research investigates the use of policy theories and mental models in the design of large-scale public health strategies and the governance of public health. She holds a Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, and has worked at federal and provincial health ministries.