Resources on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Access key resources on UNICEF and the SDGs, including tools to engage children and implementation guidance for countries.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a landmark global call for action to achieve peace and prosperity for people and the planet. Discover in our tools and resources how the Goals speak to the rights of children and young people.

Guidance on implementing the SDGs for and with children

Issue briefs on child rights and the SDGs

These issue briefs are produced annually in the lead-up to the SDG Voluntary National Reviews, which are country-led reviews of progress. The briefs cover policy recommendations, monitoring guidelines, social spending priorities, and opportunities to strengthen child and youth participation in SDG processes.

Issue briefs on cross-cutting areas:                                                                                                                                                                                   

Issue briefs on specific SDGs:                                                                                                                                                                                       

Tools to educate and engage children and youth on the SDGs

The World's Largest Lesson

Bring the SDGs to the classroom! Through a set of free and translated lessons, animations and activities, students can participate in the World's Largest Lesson to learn about the SDGs and identify actions they can take to make the goals a reality in their own lives and communities.                                                                                                                               

Comics Uniting Nations

Comics Uniting Nations works with world-renown comic book artists and storytellers to bring the SDGs to life through comics. Co-founded by PCI Media Impact, Reading with Pictures and UNICEF, the current library of comics has reached 20 books and counting.               

Youth Activate Talks: Young People Take the Stage

Youth Activate Talks bring young change-makers to the stage both to inspire young people to take action and to showcase to decision-makers the ways that young people are already supporting the Goals. This how-to guide explores ways to engage children and young people with an 'Activate Talk' format.

The Road to the SDGs: A Discussion with Students

This animated video helps children to learn about important concepts for people and the planet, as covered in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Also available (subtitles) in ArabicChineseFrenchRussianSpanish and English (for hearing impaired).                       

The World We Want: A Guide to the Goals for Children and Young People (English)

A child-friendly overview of all the SDGs.

Also available in FrenchSpanishArabicMandarinRussianBengaliIndonesianHindi.

Highlights: Advancing the SDGs at the 2019 United Nations General Assembly

High-level week 2019: Action for People and Planet

Priorities that world leaders discussed at five summits during the United Nations General Assembly this year to accelerate progress on sustainable development.

Perspectives on the SDGs

A Million Voices: The World We Want

With perspectives from over one million voices, this report depicts the unprecedented level of people's participation in designing the SDGs.

A Post-2015 Agenda Understood by and Inspiring to Children and Young People  

Children and young people express their views in a global e-consultation about the SDGs.

Research: Why the SDGs matter for children

Mapping the Global Goals for Sustainable Development and the Convention on the Rights of the Child

An interactive document to explore the links between the Global Goals for sustainable development and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Investing in All Children: Towards Equitable, Inclusive and Sustainable Development

Originally published in the Harvard International Review, this article focuses on children's education and engagement on the SDGs as a key step to promote equitable, inclusive and sustainable development for all.

Your Rights, Your World: The Power of Youth in the Age of the Sustainable Development Goals

This report identifies examples and make recommendations for engaging children and young people in the implementation of the SDGs.

Statements of the Group of Friends of Children and the SDGs

Group of Friends of Children and the SDGs

The Group of Friends of Children and the SDGs is a group of 63 UN Member States that was created during the SDG negotiation process to ensure children’s issues were included in the SDGs. Since the adoption of the goals, the Group continues to work with the strong conviction that children’s participation is crucial for achieving a sustainable future for all.

The Group of Friends has made several joint statements:   

July 2018: Joint Statement on behalf of 60 Member States of the Group of Friends of Children and SDGs at the 2018 Meeting of the High-level Political Forum (HLPF)

19 May 2015: Statement by Bulgaria on behalf of 24 Member States of the Group of Friends of Children and the SDGs  

21 April 2015: Statement by Luxembourg on behalf of 28 Member States of the Group of Friends of Children and the SDGs

24 March 2015: Statement by Luxembourg on behalf of 15 Member States of the Group of Friends of Children and the SDGs on the Importance of Child-focused Indicators and Data

19 January 2015: Statement by Ambassador Masood Khan Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations to introduce the Group of Friends for Children and Sustainable Development Goals