Take Action Youth Survey

On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit — officially came into force.  Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.

Take Action Youth Ambassadors from across the nation believe that Canada must be a leader in meeting the SDG’s. We need your help to answer the important question… “WHAT CAN CANADA DO TO ACHIEVE THESE GOALS?” We would be grateful if you could provide your insight .

Theme 1


Extreme poverty rates have been cut by more than half since 1990, but sadly one in five people in developing regions still live on less than $1.25 a day. In addition, many people risk slipping back into poverty.
➤ 836 million people still live in extreme poverty, of which 570 million are children.
➤ 570 million children are living in extreme poverty. That's about one in eight people on earth
➤ Every day in 2014, 42,000 people had to abandon their homes to seek protection due to conflict that is around 42 times the size of your average Canadian school every day (15,330,00 in that year) (6 times the city of Toronto)

Theme 2

Health and Wellbeing

Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well being for all is essential to sustainable development. Although a lot of progress has been made toward increasing life expectancy and reducing serious illnesses, more efforts are needed to fully eliminate a wide range of diseases and other serious health issues. 270 million children have no access to a doctor.
➤ 270 million children have no access to a doctor.
➤ 783 million people do not have access to clean and safe water. 

➤ In 2011, 165 million children under the age 5 were stunted (reduced rate of growth and development) due to chronic malnutrition).

Theme 3
Education is important for a child's foundation

Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development. Basic literacy skills have improved tremendously, yet stronger efforts are needed to make even greater strides for achieving universal education goals.
➤ 140 million children have never been to school.
➤ 103 million youth worldwide lack basic literacy skills, and more than 60% of them are women.
➤ The rate of children leaving primary school in conflict affected countries reached 50 per cent in 2011, which accounts to 28.5 million children, showing the impact of unstable societies on education.

Theme 4
Working as a community we can all make a change in the environment

Climate change is now affecting every country on every continent. It is disrupting national economies and affecting lives, costing people, communities and countries dearly today and even more tomorrow.
➤ Around 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their livelihood.
➤ Of the 8,300 animal breeds known, 8 per cent are extinct and 22 per cent are at risk of extinction.
➤ Global emissions of carbon dioxide have increased by almost 50 per cent since 1990.

Theme 5
A Just World for All
A Just World

Inequality still persists throughout the world and large disparities remain in access to health and education services and other assets. While income inequality between countries may have been reduced, inequality within countries has risen. To reduce inequality, policies should be universal in principle paying attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations.
➤ Women work 2/3 of the world’s hours, yet earn 1/10 of the world’s income.
➤ Every day, 39000 girls are forced into early marriage, that’s 27 girls a minute!

Theme 6
A Loving Home for Every Child

Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today. Be it for jobs, security, climate change, food production or increasing incomes, access to energy for all is essential.
➤ 1/4 of all humans live without electricity — approximately 1.6 billion people.
➤ By 2030, almost 60 per cent of the world’s population will live in urban areas.
➤ 828 million people live in slums (a squalid and overcrowded urban street or district inhabited by very poor people) today and the number keeps rising.
➤ Less than 3 per cent of the world’s water is fresh (drinkable), of which 2.5 per cent is frozen in the Antarctica, Arctic and glaciers. Humanity must therefore rely on 0.5 per cent for all of man’s ecosystems and fresh water needs.
➤ 3 billion tons of food is wasted every year while almost 1 billion people go 
undernourished and another 1 billion hungry.