The Global Education 2030 Agenda


Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015, is the strategic plan of all member states to build a better world with no one left behind. The concept of Education for Sustainable Development is at the center of the 2030 Agenda.

In December 2017 and again in 2019, the United Nations General Assembly reaffirmed that “…education for sustainable development as a vital means of implementation for sustainable development, (…) as an integral element of the Sustainable Development Goal on quality education and a key enabler of all the other Sustainable Development Goals…

Every aspect of education, public awareness and training, from early childhood through higher/tertiary education and onto continuing professional development and awareness campaigns contribute to this global ESD effort to create a more sustainable world.


Sustainable Development Goal 4: The Global Education 2030 Agenda

SDG 4 “Ensure inclusivity and quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” is the goal on education within the 2030 Agenda. Education is consistently recognized as the crucial element for the achievement of all of the SDG. Recognizing this importance, Education 2030 was globally accepted at the World Education Forum in Incheon, Republic of Korea, in May 2015 before the SDGs were formally adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September of the same year. The Global Education 2030 Agenda not only acknowledges the need for quality education as such, but especially mentions the need for qualified teachers in teaching for future uncertainty.


What do we do?

ESD in the 2030 Agenda, in particular SDG 4, is at the heart of all of our activities. Charles and the Chair’s core team members regularly (e-)speak at (virtual) education conferences and hold (virtual) seminars or workshops upon request. Publishing our perspectives in peer-reviewed journals and books is but one way we contribute to the international ESD discussion. The UNESCO Chair offers consulting to educators and policy makers in curriculum design and education strategy for education systems and/or individual institutions. Our research projects align with the SDGs. Both international networks INTEI and #IndigenousESD contribute research and develop informed activities and create policy recommendations to bring SDG 4 to the ground in their respective fields.



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