The Lazy Person's Guide to Saving the World

The Sustainable Development Goals are important, world-changing objectives that will require cooperation among governments, international organizations and world leaders. It seems impossible that the average person can make an impact. Should you just give up? No! Change starts with you. Seriously. Every human on earth—even the most indifferent, laziest person among us—is part of the solution. Fortunately, there are some easy things we can adopt into our routines that, if we all do it, will make a big difference. Have a look at just a few of the many things you can do to make an impact!

Education for the SDGs Learning Objectives 

The Global Education 2030 Agenda UNESCO, as the United Nations’ specialized agency for education, is entrusted to lead and coordinate the Education 2030 Agenda, which is part of a global movement to eradicate poverty through 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Education, essential to achieve all of these goals, has its own dedicated Goal 4, which aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” The Education 2030 Framework for Action provides guidance for the implementation of this ambitious goal and commitments.


UNDP Accelerator Labs

In 2019, UNDP built the world’s largest and fastest learning network on sustainable development challenges. We started with 60 Lab teams covering 78 countries and are now expanding to 90 Labs covering 114 countries. We create actionable intelligence, test solutions with national partners. It’s early, but so far we’re winning awards. For example, Apolitical's Global Public Service Teams of the Year Award. We are part of UNDP’s global policy teams and country offices. Our 270 Lab team members bring bright, unusual talent into the development sector. 68 percent of us have experience in prototyping; 55 percent can work with citizen generated data; and 29 percent can perform tasks related to artificial intelligence and machine learning.

SDG Partnership Guidebook

The aim of this Guidebook is to convey the magic of how multi-stakeholder partnerships at country level can deliver extraordinary results towards the Sustainable Development Goals and provide clear guidance on how to build the most robust, effective collaborations. The Guidebook sets out the key Building Blocks of successful partnerships and the underlying processes – from initial stakeholder engagement to partnership review – necessary to develop and keep those Building Blocks in place and to maximize partnership impact.

SDGs in Action App

  • Learn about the 17 SDGs, get news on your favourite goals, find out  what you can do to achieve them, create your own events and invite others to join you in sustainable actions and events.
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A World in Support of Act Now App

  • The ActNow campaign is now on a mobile app! Get daily tips, track your habits, and earn points with the AWorld in Support of ActNow app.
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SDGs Book Club

The UN SDG Book Club reading list covers many of these topics underlying the SDGs. It shows children what life can look like when everyone has the same chances to grow and make their dreams come true. We hope the stories will inspire children to take action. The reading list is meant for children ages 6-12. However, we encourage parents, educators, and everyone who is interested to read the selected books and help children understand the importance of the SDGs.


Development Education 

Offers resources to stimulate debate and discussion about the issues and challenges we face and which encourage us to make decisions about the type of world we need and want to create. It is a place for primary and post primary teachers, youth workers, students, adult and community workers and those with an interest in development, sustainability and human rights.