Pair Matching – Action Learning

Your target group already has an idea about the Sustainable Development Goals. However, it is hard to remember all the goals and their specific issues by heart. And what do these goals have to do with transformations within your city? This game is a playful alternative to a dry presentation.


Summarise the relevance of SDGs for the local level and help participants memorise what each SDG stands for.


Step 1: Distribute the SDG cards to your participants who either get a specific SDG number or the name of a goal.

Step 2: The exercise for your group is then to find their match. Let them walk the room and literally find each other to make it more interactive.

Step 3: After your participants have found their matching partner, let them discuss and collect answers to the following questions (select or add if needed):

  • What does this goal mean to cities?
  • What is your city already doing in that regard?
  • What are possible challenges in your city in implementing this goal?
  • Who should be involved in implementing this goal?

Step 4: Do a short harvesting of the findings with the entire group.


Prepare and print the cards for this exercise in advance. The exercise is suitable for bigger groups.


30 minutes


Increased knowledge of SDGs and awareness about their local relevance.