Key asks for 2020 SDG Voluntary National Reviews: SDG 12

SDG issue brief


Unsustainable and unsafe consumption and production patterns lead to toxic waste and limited resources, which disproportionately harm children’s health and development. Evidence shows that widespread behavioural change often begins when children become aware of the problems they observe in their own communities. Recycling and reducing the use of plastics has gained support due to the efforts and involvement of children around the world. Children and youth should be protected from harmful pollutants and engaged in social change.

A basket being woven by Abane Afana-An using bark and recycled colth and plastic bags in Nyariga in the Upper East Region of Ghana on 27 May 2015.

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