Learning about sustainable development from an early age

Learning about sustainable development from an early age

The materials available on this page are for adults and youth alike – a fun and engaging way to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals and what you can do to take action to make them a reality. Please download and share with your friends!

Act Now

The ActNow campaign is the UN’s flagship campaign to inspire action for the Sustainable Development Goals. A gamifiedmobile appby AWorld continues to engage audiences worldwide. And theClimate Action Superheroeskids’ version of ActNow opened the campaign up to kids and their parents. The campaign provides entry points for individual action fora healthy planetas well as fora better economy,a just societyanda world working together.

Teachers Guide on the SDGs

This teaching guide, aimed at grade level K-12,  gives an introduction and historical background to the SDGs. Key questions along with primary resources are provided to facilitate comprehension and engage students critically. Through analysis of the Preamble to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the connection will be made to the Millenium Development Goals and Human Rights, to demonstrate continuity and evolution of certain principle values held by the international community. Focus then shifts to SDG 4, quality education, so  that students can ore clearly analyze the progress that has been made regarding this topic on a micro level. Download booklet


SDG Book Club

The SDG Book Club aims to use books as a tool to encourage children ages 6-12 to interact with the principles of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through a curated reading list of books from around the world related to each of the 17 SDGs in all six official UN languages—Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish. Find out more!


Storytelling is a powerful communications tool and helps children remember lessons and virtues that they will use in everyday life. The idea behind the production of the story of Frieda was to simplify the lessons of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) so young children can relate to – and better understand – the SDGs. Follow Frieda’s journey through her home in Windhoek, Namibia – read and download the book here to learn about protecting life on land, the importance of water, the environment, and more!


170 Actions to Transform Our World

Get inspired by 170 Actions to Transform Our World! This book contains 10 daily suggestions for each Goal on how you can make a difference in the world around you. A great tool for parents, teacher and children of all ages.

Go Goals

The Go Goals game is a board game that aims to help teach children around the world about the Sustainable Development Goals in a simple and child-friendly way. You’ll find questions and answers, game rules, dices and rules on how to play by clicking the link!

YAK book on Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals – by YAK

Elyx, the United Nations’ digital ambassador, uses various expressions and actions to help demonstrate the meaning of each Sustainable Development Goal. Created by French artist YAK, Elyx has no race, sex or nationality and is a universal character promoting the importance of the United Nations’ work. Read the book online here.