Enjoy lunch with us and spend a day building a better future for all.
Participate in workshops specially designed to bring together people from different backgrounds and areas of expertise towards achieving the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Student ticket pricing is available for this event, but quantities are limited.
Individuals must be registered to attend.
We are proud to be partnered with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for this event.
Guests are required to select one of the following streams:
Combating Poverty: From Problems to Solutions
What does it take to eradicate poverty? This is your chance to ask the experts yourself.
Join the UNACTO Human Rights Committee and the Consul General of Pakistan, a Director from the Ontario Public Service and professors from the University of Toronto as they delve into intersectional issues such as housing, transportation and international affairs. Participate in interactive activities where you will have the opportunity to co-create solutions with one of these esteemed guests.
Defining our Roadmap to a Sustainable Future
What does a sustainable city look like? Join the UNACTO Environment Committee and design your city of the future!
Our workshop will feature conversations on sustainable building, integrated mobility, waste and consumption, and urban ecological values. Come hear our panel featuring the French and Peruvian consul generals, and participate in two interactive sessions. We’d love to hear from you on how we should evaluate progress in Toronto and develop a roadmap for our sustainable future.
Youth & Education
Join the UNACTO Youth & Education Committee as they celebrate Women’s Day with a workshop on gender equality. Work with guests from across different fields and strategize about achieving gender parity.
Special Topics: UN Observances
Participate in two workshops on the UN Decade for People of African Descent and the UN Year of Indigenous Languages that will tackle key issues these official observances highlight, while celebrating the impact of the people at their focus.
Glendon Global Debates – Fake News
Fake news has become an ever-increasing detriment to civil political discourse globally and particularly in North American society. Citizens are saturated with misinformation, fringe groups are empowered to disseminate fallacious messages with a power disproportionate to their size, and trust in traditional journalistic institutions has been eroded. Further, positive feedback loops have developed that reinforce all of these issues, creating a spiral of deterioration of the informed citizenry. “Alternative facts” are now disseminated from the highest political offices in the free world with little to no consequences.
Commonly, people are told to research before they post a story, to fact check before they click “share,” and to generally become savvier as to the nature of fake news. These are unrealistic expectations. Many lack the skills, resources, time, or even motivation to perform this newly developing requirement. A clear need has manifested for a solution that allows the general public to have some means by which they can evaluate the validity of what they read as the news and information of the day. Academic papers are peer reviewed, and businesses are graded; a way to judge news fact from news fiction is needed at least as much as these other similar solutions.
At the Glendon Global Debate, we have asked a panel of experts to reflect on the challenges facing the Canadian scene and propose some solutions on how Canadians can be equipped to better evaluate the validity of what they read as the news and information of the day.