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 2022 cohort of Top 30 Under 30 took place on the evening of February 9, 2022. Visit the events page here for a recap of the celebration and meet last year’s Top 30 Under 30s here. 


Partnerships for the goals

The theme for ACGC’s 2022 Top 30 Under 30 campaign was Partnerships for the Goals, aligned to SDG 17. A mosaic, a beautiful artwork created by the inlaying of various coloured and sized pieces, has been used in our campaign to symbolize individuals coming together in small and large ways to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

More than ever, through the last few years we have all witnessed and portrayed resiliency in our lives and in our work. Every person across the globe working to make the world a more just, fair, and sustainable place for all is a crucial tile in the mosaic of global change-making.
While we recognize the achievements of the outstanding 2022 cohort of Top 30 Under 30, we acknowledge all the youth around the world whose work often goes without recognition. You are not alone in your efforts to make the world a better place, and you too, are part of our mosaic.  

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 32nd 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.

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