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!
World’s Largest Lesson
In 2015 The United Nations launched The Global Goals for Sustainable Development, a series of ambitious targets to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice and fix climate change for everyone by 2030. If the Goals are met, they ensure the health, safety and future of the planet for everyone on it. And their best chance of being met is if everyone on the planet is aware of them. The World’s Largest Lesson brings the Global Goals to children all over the world, reaching over 130 countries and millions of children since its launch in September 2015.
ActNow Action Guide:
The UN campaign for individual action on climate change and sustainability.Every one of us can help limit global warming and take care of our planet. By changing our habits and making choices that have less harmful effects on the environment, we have the power to confront the climate challenge and build a more sustainable world.Take a look at the action guide (PDF) and start with ten simple actions!
Climate Change Action Superhero
Have you met our Climate Action Superheroes? They aim to empower children to be heroic leaders for change and believe in the impact they can have on the planet is crucial. Each of their missions has downloadable content including activities for kids to do with the help of an adult. We also have a fun quiz for you to see how much you know about sustainability! Access it here.
Freerice game from WFP
Global hunger is one of the most pressing social issues, but it’s also the most solvable. Freerice is a free online educational trivia game where people of all ages can do their part—simply by playing. Every right answer on Freerice triggers a real financial donation to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) from sponsors worth about 10 grains of rice.
The game has five difficulty levels and over 20 categories of questions to choose from, such as English vocabulary, Languages, Science, Humanities, World Landmarks, and a new category called “Coronavirus: Know the Facts.”
Use your time and knowledge to help provide food for people in need. The game is available online at freerice.com or as a free app in the android or iOS app stores.
My Hero is You, How Kids Can Fight COVID-19 (PDF)
A new story book that aims to help children understand and come to terms with COVID-19 has been produced by a collaboration of more than 50 organizations working in the humanitarian sector. With the help of a fantasy creature, Ario, “My Hero is You, How Kids Can Fight COVID-19!” explains how children can protect themselves, their families and friends from coronavirus and how to manage difficult emotions when confronted with a new and rapidly changing reality.
The book – aimed primarily at children aged 6-11 years old – is a project of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings, a unique collaboration of United Nations agencies, national and international nongovernmental organizations and international agencies providing mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings.
The book is available in multiple languages here.
Family life plays such an important role in helping young children learn to adapt in our rapidly changing world. Early childhood is the perfect stage to introduce the core concepts of what it means to be a global citizen. Thomas & Friends Life Lessons are easy and fun to follow and will help you explore essential skills with your kids that can enrich their critical thinking and communication approach. Our goal is to support your family in understanding global citizenship and to help your children thrive in a more inclusive, ever-changing world. Thomas & Friends Life Lessons focuses on six of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals designed to assist countries, and their citizens, improve our world.
Download the Parent Tips here and for teachers, download the Teacher Tips here.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Inspired by real life animal ambassadors QiQi and Diandian, UNDP’s SDG Pandas are stickers that you can use in your WhatsApp conversations to help spread the word about the SDGs and inspire action for a better world and a healthier planet. Download them to spread the word! You can also find the stickers as animated gifs here.
UN Chronicle – The UN Chronicle, a quarterly journal published by the Department of Global Communications since 1946, covers information and debate on activities of the United Nations system. It features essays and opinions from official, non-governmental, academic, and policymaking groups connected with the Organization.
Hundreds of thousands of students from primary schools to universities participate in Model UN simulations each year. The United Nations Department of Global Communications has replaced the Global Model UN conference with two MUN workshops each year. These workshops are designed for university students and MUN advisors that organize Model UN simulations around the world. The aim of the workshops is to examine how Model UN simulations can more accurately capture the negotiation process as it commonly occurs at the UN.