United Nations Development

United Nations Development Goals 4:
Education
a. Introduction to the topic
At the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in 2015, Member States formally
adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in New York. The 2030 Agenda for
Sustainable Developments contains 17 goals including a new global education goal “SDG 4”.
This goal is set to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong
learning opportunities for all. Also the goal has seven targets with indicators and three means
of implementation. (For further information you may check the relevant treaties.)
This goal came to life with a process that contains civil society, regional organizations, unions,
teachers, research institutes, foundations and private sector next to the Member States.
Education is a fundamental, basic human right and is also mandatory for the achievement of
sustainable development. We are only able to empower females, combat environmental
problems, fight inequality between rich and poor, male and female, end extreme poverty and
many other problemsif all related parties, including business, dedicate themselves to advancing
the education goal. The reason of this is that education is the one and only “first” step that can
solve almost all of the problems in the world, no matter what the problem is, including the
other SDGs.
Obtaining a quality education is crucial to improving children’s and adults lives and sustainable
development. Yet millions of children in rural communities are trapped in child labor, while
the average out-of-school rate worldwide is twice as high in rural areas compared with urban
areas.
While global needs for education are enormous, organizations and companies can help by
bringing their resources and core skills into use to support governments for education for all.
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A multi-stakeholder policy mechanism will assist cooperation between the governments and
national or sub-nationally active stakeholder structures including civil society, universities, the
private sector, and non-governmental organisations “NGOs”.
Strong leadership by private sector can help to unlock the necessary investments to fund and
make sure that all children and adults have access to quality learning opportunities. Also private
sector can benefit from investing into education by improving brand leadership and developing
the capacity of future employees. Education can help solving some of the key problems in
many markets like the mismatch of available skills of workforce and job vacancies. Long term
investment in education can help businesses by being a source of innovation, establishing
access to new markets and leading to a larger and more skilled pool of future employees.
Education is often a local issue rather than a global issue. Being a local issue means that it
requires private sector to team up with the local educations systems and communities to arrange
the best usage of the funds and resources which will require businesses to work within local
education systems and in communities to determine the best utilization of resources.

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