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.

Do you want to learn more about taking action on the SDGs in Alberta? 
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SDG Tools for the Classroom

Discover educational materials directly addressing the Sustainable Development Goals for your classroom. For more educational resources, visit our Teacher Resource page!

Designed for early elementary students, this short power point and discussion aims to help children

  • Learn about the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Learn ways Alberta youth are taking action
  • Share ways they can Go For the Goals!

Use this lesson during International Development Week, and inspire your students with the stories of 5 of Alberta’s Top 30 Under 30!  

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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.

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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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SDG Resources for Individuals and Organizations

This youth-led project asked the question, “How do Alberta youth want to learn about and engage in global issues?”

Over the course of 6 weeks, high school classrooms from 10 lead schools across the province of Alberta, met on a weekly basis to research and identify key issues (working both synchronously, via video conferencing, and asynchronously, using a specially designed interactive student portal, discussion boards, blogs, etc.). Following this series of collaborations, youth met in a province-wide virtual town hall to facilitate a larger group discussion about key guiding questions. Finally, select student leaders
met at a provincial writer’s retreat to synthesize the thoughts, ideas, and calls for action of their peers into the enclosed report,“17 Calls for the
17 SDGs.

This by-youth report provides an in-depth insight into youth engagement for global citizenship, including how educators, community organizations, and multi-level government actors can support Alberta youth in their global citizenship education and action.

As part of ACGC’s Inspiring Action for Global Citizenship program, this paper helps to enhance contributions of Alberta youth to Canada’s international development efforts towards gender equality, the empowerment of women and girls, reducing poverty and inequality, and
the achievement of the SDGs.

Read the report at

Learn about the SDGs in Alberta

Read stories, reports, and view our interactive map featuring individuals and organizations working towards in the UN SDGs in Alberta 

Together | Ensemble Conference

Together | Ensemble is Canada’s largest conversation on advancing the Sustainable Development Goals.  The conference took place in Calgary in 2017, Edmonton in 2018, online in May 2020, and online again in March 2022. 

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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.

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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