Celebrating 12 years of the Top 30 Under 30 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).
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. 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.
While the world faces the immense challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, the leadership, vision, and commitment displayed by these 30 outstanding young people demonstrate that we are on the right path towards ensuring a more just, fair, and sustainable world for all.
The celebration event for the 2023 cohort of Top 30 Under 30 will take place on the evening of February 9, 2023, in Calgary, AB and you are invited! Visit the events page here to learn more or register for the event.
SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities
The theme for ACGC’s 2023 Top 30 Under 30 campaign is Reduced Inequalities, aligned to SDG 10. This year, we asked the Top 30s to reflect on how they work to ensure inclusion and reduce inequalities locally and globally. Each youth’s reflection is informed by their own unique experiences.
COVID-19 has magnified many pre-existing inequalities, as well as created new barriers to social, economic, and political inclusion of all people. Youth are instrumental to enacting sustainable change around the world and are an inspiration to their fellow changemakers.
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.
Alberta Council for Global Cooperation
The Alberta Council for Global Cooperation is a network of organizations and individuals in Alberta working locally and globally to achieve sustainable development and global citizenship. We envision a world where all people can fulfill their potential and prosper, become engaged citizens in peaceful, just, and inclusive societies, and thrive in a healthy, sustainable world.
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 website. To 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.