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Sustainable Development Goals

The QPN plans to create an ad hoc committee to consider how to prioritize emerging FRQ-S priorities for their thematic networks. This committee will be responsible for participating in co-construction meetings and making recommendations to engage the organization in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

We can already foresee how the QPN could place sustainable health goals at the center of its mission (in parallel with Parkinson’s research); and, thus, be an asset in the Quebec research and innovation ecosystem.

There are 17 Sustainable Development Goals that have been defined by the United Nations. They address global challenges, including health, inequality, education and innovation.

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One of the goals of Parkinson’s research through the QPN is to better understand the morbidity associated with Parkinson’s disease. The QPN can support the project and develop a collaboration to prevent or treat this morbidity.

To achieve greater equality at all levels, strategies must be considered to adopt policies.  In particular, ensuring better representation of migrants, indigenous populations, and people with disabilities who are at risk of being left out of all QPN activities is a priority. It is worth noting that the QPN has focused on a condition that mainly affects seniors, a vulnerable group in the population. Seventy-nine percent of Canadians with Alzheimer’s disease are 65 or older.

Through its knowledge translation activities, QPN can be an asset and contribute to education for sustainable development.

Promoting gender equality is essential, and QPN is ready to be a partner in this endeavour. The participant recruitment team working at QPN is aware of this priority. In addition, gender equality will be considered in all QPN research areas, infrastructure, human resources, and knowledge translation activities.

The QPN could help improve scientific research by establishing collaboration in less developed countries so that all Parkinson’s communities can benefit from our expertise. This would also help to reduce inequalities between countries while allowing for the inclusion of a greater diversity of genetic input into the QPN scientific analysis pipeline.

We must consider strategies to improve access to QPN recruitment teams (through additional sites) and provide remote access by leveraging web technologies where possible.

The QPN should seek new partnerships to promote the operation of sustainable development and increase access to science and technology innovation. Through new and effective partnerships between academia, the private sector, and civil society, such as foundations and associations, the QPN can improve knowledge sharing and coordination among existing mechanisms.