The Top 30 Under 30 Award is an annual campaign by the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation. The award features 30 outstanding young people, nominated by their community and selected by a committee of peers, for their commendable work in making the world a more just, fair, and sustainable place for all.

Meet our 2024 Top 30 Under 30 Cohort

We are excited to introduce to you the newest ACGC Top 30 Under 30 cohort! Follow the link below to find their profiles and learn more about how they are making a difference in their communities.

Alberta Council for Global Cooperation

The Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (ACGC) is a network of organizations and individuals in Alberta working globally and locally to achieve sustainable development and global citizenship. We believe all people can become engaged citizens working towards peaceful, just, and inclusive societies.

About the Award

The Top 30 Under 30 award is presented annually by the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (ACGC) to recognize and amplify the work done by young people who help achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Every year, our selection committee chooses 30 outstanding individuals from a collection of nominations across Alberta and the world. These few are selected for their contributions to our global community, their compassion for those beyond figurative and literal borders, and their connection to Alberta. Among many other benefits, selected youth will be featured in the annual Top 30 Under 30 campaign and recognized at a public Top 30 Celebration event during International Development Week. ACGC continues to provide the opportunities for these young people to develop themselves as leaders in Alberta, Canada, and the world.

Selection and Campaign process

Want to learn more about the process behind ACGC’s Top 30 Under 30 award, including how we ensure that our values of equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism are upheld at every step?

Read more about our process below! 

What is International Development Week?

International Development Week (IDW) is an annual initiative held during the first week of February to engage Canadians on global issues, and to acknowledge Canadian contributions to poverty reduction and international humanitarian assistance in the developing world. On the 33nd year of International Development Week, we want you to #GoForTheGoals! Referring to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, this theme encourages us to work in collaboration, and strive toward a better world.

Visit ACGC’s website to learn what the many Alberta-based international development organizations are doing to achieve the SDGS, and what you can do to make an impact.  

To learn more about International Development Week, visit the Global Affairs Canada websiteTo learn about IDW events in Alberta, visit the ACGC website.

What are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

In September 2015, 193 countries, including Canada, adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all by 2030. The goals address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice, and focus on achieving partnership, peace and prosperity for all people and the planet, now and into the future.

The SDG wheel pictured next to this paragraph is a visual representation of all 17 goals working together. We can take action towards the SDGs by learning about them and partnering with our neighbours locally and globally to achieve them, in both small and big ways. You can learn more about the SDGs on the Sustainable Development Goals Knowledge Platform.