How do I compile a c++ program into a 32-bit executable instead of 64-bit

  32-bit, c++, compilation

So I am trying to compile a c++ program and have the executable be 32-bit instead of 64-bit. The system (using a program to simulate a system) I want to run it on is 32-bit and seeing as compiling the program yields 64-bit ELF files I cannot run them. I have added the -m32 flag to the makefile and when compiling i get the following errors:

/usr/bin/ld: skipping incompatible /usr/lib/gcc/x86_64-linux-gnu/5/ when searching for -lstdc++
/usr/bin/ld: skipping incompatible /usr/lib/gcc/x86_64-linux-gnu/5/libstdc++.a when searching for -lstdc++
/usr/bin/ld: cannot find -lstdc++

when using sudo apt install -lstdc++ it simply says it cannot find the library. Anybody perhaps able to give me some direction? I am running all of this using remote wsl in visual studio code on a windows 10 machine. Ultimately I just want the compiled executables from this program to be 32-bit ELFs instead of 64-bit

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