UN-Agenda 2030 & SDG 4

In 2015 the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by all United Nations Member States. At its heart are the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations General Assembly. The SDGs are part of Resolution 70/1 of the United Nations General Assembly: "Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development."

The SDGs an urgent call for action by all countries to recognise that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

The ICDE community focuses primarily on - Sustainable Development Goal 4 - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

There are also education elements in the targets of several of the other 17 Sustainable Development Goals.



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Sustainable Development Goal 4 has 10 targets encompassing many different aspects of education. There are seven targets which are expected outcomes and three targets which are means of achieving these targets.

7 Targets for expected outcomes

  • 4.1 Universal primary and secondary education

  • 4.2 Early childhood development and universal pre-primary education

  • 4.3 Equal access to technical/vocational and higher education

  • 4.4 Relevant skills for decent work

  • 4.5 Gender equality and inclusion

  • 4.6 Universal youth literacy

  • 4.7 Education for sustainable development and global citizenship

3 means of implementation

  • 4.a Effective learning environments

  • 4.b Scholarships

  • 4.c Teachers and educators

Reference: https://en.unesco.org/node/265600 



Education is the key that will allow many other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved. Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to creating sustainable development. In addition to improving quality of life, access to inclusive education can help equip locals with the tools required to develop innovative solutions to the world’s greatest problems.




The international ICDE community leverages online, open and flexible education in its global commitment towards ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and to promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

There is a strong need for integrating online, open and flexible education as an important cornerstone in leveraging quality higher education on a global scale towards 2030. Within this context the ICDE community of passionate advocates and international educational thought leaders work in collaboration on a number of initiatives which all contribute towards the global fight to bring quality education to all.



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