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!

Youth SDGs Playbook

Nigeria Youth SDGs Network is a coalition of youth lead and youth serving civil society organizations localizing the United Nations SDGs in Nigeria. Their mission is to amplify the voices of young Nigerians and enhance their participation in the developmental agenda of their country. NGYouthSDGs focuses on civic participation, livelihoods and employments, capacity development and education.

The Youth SDGs Playbook will provide the know-how for young to act towards ensuring the sustainable development of their community through their own personal and collective efforts.

Climate Box

Because early education can have a big impact on life-long behaviours, UNDP developed an interactive climate learning toolkit for school children and teachers. The Climate Box is available in English, Russian, Arabic, French and Spanish, and consists of:

  • an illustrated textbook;
  • a Climate Quiz – a set of game cards;
  • a wall map illustrating the possible effects of climate change on nature and mankind in various parts of the world by the end of the 21st century;
  • a poster with tips on how to reduce your carbon footprint;
  • a CD with all materials.

To learn more about the programme and to explore the toolkit please visit http://climate-box.com.

Be a Food Hero Like Peter Rabbit

The UN, FAO, the UN Foundation, and Sony Pictures Entertainment launched a joint digital campaign with the characters from Sony Pictures Entertainment’s movie Peter Rabbit2: The Runaway.

Through the campaign, Peter Rabbit (voiced by award-winning actor and host James Corden) and his friends encourage youth, and their families to be #FoodHeroes like Peter by taking actions like eating more fruits and vegetables, reducing food waste, buying at local gardens and farmers markets, and planting their own garden – big or small.

You can join Peter and his friends and learn how to be a food hero through the un.org/ActNow and at fao.org/world-food-day

ActNow Action Guide

ActNow is the United Nations 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 and start with ten simple actions!

Climate 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

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. Find it here.

The book is available in multiple languages here.

Thomas the Tank Engine

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!

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.

World's largest lesson

The World’s Largest Lesson

The World’s Largest Lesson introduces the Sustainable Development Goals to children and young people everywhere and unites them in action. All resources are free, open source and translated into over 10 languages. Check out their lesson plans, as well as their their animated films, written by Sir Ken Robinson, animated by Aardman and introduced by well-known figures like Emma Watson, Serena Williams and Malala Yousafzai. Click here to visit their page.

World's largest lesson

SDG Pandas

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.