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Quality Education: a Pillar in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Quality Education: a Pillar in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development


“[…]We recognise that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. […] As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind.”

This is the incipit to “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” adopted in Sept 2015 by the United Nations in New York. The agenda sets 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and 169 targets to achieve a sustainable economic, social and environmental development. These goals and targets will stimulate action over the span of fifteen years in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet.

Sustainable Development Goals 4 (SDG4)-Quality Education- aims to Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

SDG4 encompasses 10 main targets which recognise at various stages the strategic importance of Vocational Education to increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship; as well as eliminate gender disparities and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations.

More information about SDG4 targets can be accessed here.

More information about the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development and can be accessed via Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform.