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Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Annual Luncheon showcases how the city is aligning with the UN Sustainable Development Goals

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Winnipeg, June 15, 2018—Today, the United Way Winnipeg and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) unveiled a new Peg website——and a new report that show how local actions are part of creating a stronger city and healthier world. 

Revealed at the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce June luncheon, the new Peg website uses innovative technology to track how Winnipeg is doing on key issues and, for the first time, link that progress to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. 

The new Peg site puts Winnipeg at the forefront of communities connecting their well-being to the 17 global goals. 

“Peg matters because it tells us not just about where we live, but how we live. This award-winning model of community-based sustainability indicators is now being replicated across Canada and around the world. By linking to the SDGs, communities like Winnipeg are showing that local action can have a global impact,” states Jane McDonald, Managing Director of IISD. 

“We have much to celebrate in Winnipeg, including our amazing ability to come together as a community. When we work together—business, government, community organizations, labour and individuals—we make change happen in our city.  Peg tracks our progress—and inspires us to go further,” states Connie Walker, President & CEO of United Way. 

Also being released is the annual Peg report - 2018 Our City: A Peg Report on Sustainability. This year’s annual report was developed in partnership with IISD and United Way as well as Economic Development Winnipeg. The report focuses on our city’s wellbeing related to the three pillars of sustainability – our economic, environmental, and social well-being.  Additionally, for the first time the report shows the linkages to the SDGs, showing how our trends are part of a global picture. 

“I believe that report cards are important for all of us. The Peg Report on Sustainability is an important indicator of where we at are today as a city, what our strengths are, and what areas we need to focus on.” said Dayna Spiring, President and CEO of Economic Development Winnipeg Inc.

Access the full report and explore Peg data on the new website here.                     

For more information please contact: David Hawthorne, Vice President, Marketing & Communications, United Way Winnipeg | Phone 204-924-4250 |

About the International Institute for Sustainable Development

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is an independent think tank that delivers the knowledge to act. Our mission is to promote human development and environmental sustainability. Our big-picture view allows us to address the root causes of some of the greatest challenges facing our planet today – ecological destruction, social exclusion, unfair laws and economic and social rules, a changing climate. With offices in Winnipeg, Geneva, Ottawa, Toronto and Beijing, our work impacts lives in nearly 100 countries.

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