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'' Now is the time to recommit to those efforts inspired by the Sustainable Development Goals. Changemakers everywhere are critical to translating the ambitious vision of the SDGs into reality. Global communities such as those sustained by the Global Schools Program are critical to building a better world"                 

– Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice of International Education,

Audrey Azoulay

Mission 4.7- A Global Initiative to Achieve SDG Target 4.7


Monday December 14, 2020.  -  Mission 4.7 will be launched on December 16 at 8am EST on the first day of the seventh annual Vatican Youth Symposium (VYS).  The VYS will be hosted (virtually) by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences under the theme, “New Encounters on Humanity's Path Forward: Youth, Education, Nature, and Culture”. The VYS will bring together leaders of civil society, faith communities, businesses, academia, celebrity activists and members of the UN Secretary-General’s SDG Advocates.

Mission 4.7 is a partnership of UNESCO, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, and the Centre for Sustainable Development at Columbia University. 

The initiative brings together leaders from across the world to highlight the critical importance of SDG Target 4.7. 


Target 4.7 calls on all governments, by 2030, to:

ensure all learners acquire knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including among others through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship, and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.

Mission 4.7 will build on UNESCO’s global lead on  Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship Education (GCED), as mandated by its Member States and the UN General Assembly respectively, as well as of its responsibility for the monitoring of Target 4.7. Mission 4.7 will ensure alignment with UNESCO’s global frameworks and conceptualizations, and complement existing programs already underway in this context. 

Ms. Audrey Azoulay, Director-General UNESCO and His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, 8th UN Secretary General and Founder of the Ban Ki-moon Center for Global Citizens are the co-patrons of Mission 4.7. The initiative will be co-chaired by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, President, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Mr. Jeffrey Cheah, Chairman, Sunway Group; Ms. Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO; and Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, Chancellor, Pontifical Academy of Sciences (PAS) and Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.

Please visit to watch and share the livestream of the launch event, read more about the background of Mission 4.7,  and view the agenda for the Vatican Youth Symposium.

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