2023 marks the 12th anniversary of the Top 30 Under 30 award!

We are so excited to be sharing with you the names that make up our 2023 cohort of Top 30 Under 30. These 30 individuals are 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.

Follow us on social media and stay tuned for sneak peeks of the campaign leading up to International Development Week 2023 when we will launch the full Top 30 Under 30 profiles and share more about how they are working toward the SDGs.

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.

Top 30 Artwork

For the 2023 Top 30 Under 30, we are excited to have partnered with Aravani Art Project, a trans and cis women-led art collective based in Karnataka, India that works to advocate and create spaces for alternative voices through art. Transgender and gender non-conforming people, and the LQBTQIA2S+ community around the world, still face everyday discrimination, stigma, and systemic inequality. Aravani’s overarching mission is to use the medium of art to reduce these inequalities by changing the way society views the LQBTQIA2S+ community.

Their team of talented and diverse creators illustrated the Top 30 profile photos in Aravani’s distinctive style. The design of the Top 30 Under 30 logo was born out of conversations with members of their Transgender community about the symbolism of flowers. Each flower included in the logo was chosen by a member for its significance to their individual identity and expression.

“Some answers were bold, some were thoughtful, and some were shy. It was so lovely to put them together as part of the logo.”

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