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:
- Investing in Children, Adolescents and Youth
- Including Children, Adolescents and Youth
- Monitoring the Situation of Children, Adolescents and Youth
- Convention on the Rights of the Child Celebrates its 30th Anniversary: An Opportunity to Link Child Rights to the SDGs
Issue briefs on specific SDGs:
- Issue Brief on Goal 1: No Poverty
- Issue Brief on Goal 2: No Hunger and Improved Nutrition
- Issue Brief on Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being
- Issue Brief on Goal 4: Quality Education
- Issue Brief on Target 4.2: Early Moments Matter
- Issue Brief on Goal 5: Gender Equality
- Issue Brief on Goal 6: Clean Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
- Issue Brief on Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
- Issue Brief on Target 8.7: Ending Worst Forms of Child Labour, Including the Use of Child Soldiers
- Issue Brief on Goal 10: Reducing Inequalities
- Issue Brief on Target 10.7: Children Uprooted
- Issue Brief on Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
- Issue Brief on Goal 12: Sustainable Consumption and Production
- Issue Brief on Goal 13: Climate Action
- Issue Brief on Goal 14: Life Below Water
- Issue Brief on Goal 16: Peace and Justice
- Issue Brief on Target 16.2: Ending Violence Against Children
Tools to educate and engage children and youth on the SDGs
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 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 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.
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 Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish and English (for hearing impaired).
A child-friendly overview of all the SDGs.
Highlights: Advancing the SDGs at the 2019 United Nations General Assembly
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
With perspectives from over one million voices, this report depicts the unprecedented level of people's participation in designing the SDGs.
Children and young people express their views in a global e-consultation about the SDGs.
Research: Why the SDGs matter for children
An interactive document to explore the links between the Global Goals for sustainable development and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
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.
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: