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New Book Explores United Nations Global Goals

Cover of new book Geography, Health and Sustainability

Professor and Faculty of Science Research Chair Allison Williams has co-edited a new book that explores the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Geography, Health and Sustainability: Gender Matters Globally provides a range of geographical and geospatial insights from a variety of disciplinary and country-specific perspectives, to better understand gender and sustainable development.

The collection brings attention to the centrality of geography and gender in reaching the the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or Global Goals. The SDGs are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. The SDGs were established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 with the aim of being achieved by 2030. Much of the research taking place at McMaster is directly tied to the 17 goals.

The edited book collection, in particular, brings to light SDG 5: Achieve Gender Equality and Empower All Women and Girls, which is argued as being central to the achievement of all other goals. Goal 5 is made up of 9 targets, including Target 5.4: Value unpaid care and promote shared domestic responsibilities. This target is aligned with Allison’s larger CIHR/SSHRC Partnership Grant, which examines carer-friendly workplaces.

Allison, a social geographer and Faculty of Science Research Chair with the School of Earth, Environment & Society, co-edited Geography, Health and Sustainability with Professor Issac Luginaah from the University of Western Ontario.

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