Sustainable Development Goals

Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

In September 2015, the world came together in New York to adopt the 2030 Agenda, which seeks to end extreme poverty, inequality, and combat climate change by 2030.  Here, ACGC will provide resources to help you both understand the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) so you can take action in your community.  To learn more, visit the UN Sustainable Development Goals website, as well as the popular Global Goals campaign website.

This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet, and prosperity.  It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom.  We recognize that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimension, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.

SDG Resources for Individuals and Organizations

Visit the Data Hub and explore how Canada is achieving the goals!

Statistics Canada is central focal point for reporting Canada’s data for the global SDG indicators and works as a co-ordinating body for the National Statistical System. Statistics Canada is responsible for the collection, collation, analysis, presentation and dissemination of data for regular monitoring of Canadian progress against the global indicators and has developed this on-line data hub for disseminating Canada’s SDG data.

Statistics Canada is continuing to examine data sources that may be useful for reporting on SDGs and over the coming months will continue to add data, statistics, and data visualization features. By clicking on each goal you will find Canada’s Statistics for the Sustainable Development Goal.

The Atlas is built around World Development Indicators 2017; the World Bank’s compilation of statistics from over 200 economies about global development and the quality of people’s lives. For each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, selected indicators have been identified and visualized to analyze trends and challenges, and to stimulate discussion on measurement issues.

You can browse the 2018 atlas online or download it as a PDF. It is accompanied by interactive dashboards of SDG data and all the underlying data is available in the World Development Indicators database.

The trainer’s guide for Localizing the SDGs is intended to provide information on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to local and regional governments, and their organizations or networks, and equip them with a series of strategies, skills and knowledge to localize them.

This material (available in English and shortly to be released in Spanish) is being used in the framework of several learning sessions, which encourage participatory and group work and are promoting the exchange of ideas and experiences among local and regional governments, and other local stakeholders. If you are interested in participating or organizing a training session, please do not hesitate to contact

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ACGC has compiled a document with a long list of publicly available online courses related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Most of the courses are free, with an option for a paid certificate. ACGC is providing the resource for informational purposes only and does not endorse the content or quality of the listed courses. Visit each course page to learn about course delivery and expectations. Download the list of SDG courses here.

The Power to Decide:  The Role of Women in Creating a Sustainable Future

ACGC was pleased to have Dr. Alaa Murabit give our keynote address at ACGC’s Annual Conference in Edmonton in September 2016.  Hailing from Saskatchewan, Dr. Murabit is a medical doctor, a UN High-Level Commissioner on Health, Employment & Economic Growth, and one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals Advocates.

Listen to a podcast of her presentation

A curated library to support the United Nations’ call to action to end poverty, fight equality and injustice and protect the planet. Through this resources, you can explore SDG-specific articles, book chapters, and teaching and learning resources. Visit Website

Resource curated by the Taylor & Francis Group.

Following the Generation SDG Summit, the Generation SDG Communiqué captures preliminary thoughts emerging from the Summit and includes policy recommendations, community-level mapping & planning strategies and more insights on how Canada can reach the SDGs.

Download the communiqué.

Find a global sustainable development researcher in Canada

This is a unique searchable database of researchers from Canadian universities, colleges, research institutes, and civil society organizations – all working on issues related to sustainable development. The NextGen Database maps areas of research to the SDGs and identifies how researchers in Canada contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Find researchers or practitioner-researchers to collaborate with!

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SDG Tools for the Classroom

Discover educational materials directly addressing the Sustainable Development Goals for your classroom.

ACGC has created a PowerPoint presentation to help teachers facilitate awareness about, and reflection upon the 17 Global Goals, over the course of 17 weeks! Each week, use the proposed question as journal writing or discussion prompt and watch a video from an ACGC member organization working on that particular SDG.

Download the PDF presentation

Download the Microsoft PowerPoint presentation in MS PowerPoint

Alberta teachers can download a poster about the SDGs for classrooms, made by ACGC and the Alberta Teachers’ Association.

English Poster (18 x 24 inches):

Transforming Our Schools, Our Province, Our World

French Poster (18 x 24):

Transformons Nos Ecoles, Notre Province, Notre Monde

This Poster from the Global Goals Campaign shows all the 17 SDGs and the individual targets.  This poster is A2 size, printing at 16.5 x 23.5 inches. 

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ACGC has an ‘SDG Wheel’ and SDG placards to help educate audiences about the SDGs in a fun manner!

Contact ACGC at if you would like to borrow this for an event, of if you’d like ACGC to set up a display at your event.

Be sure to check out The World’s Largest Lesson for videos, lessons, comics, and more, all related to the Sustainable Development Goals!

The publication intends to guide readers on how to use education, and in particular ESD, in achieving the SDGs. It identifies learning objectives, suggests topics and learning activities for each SDG, and describes implementation on different levels from course design to national strategies. The document aims to support policy-makers, curriculum developers and educators in designing strategies, curricula and courses to promote learning for the SDGs.

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