"UNESCO prioritizes Target 4.7 as a reminder that education is not only a Goal in itself; it is also a means to achieve all the other SDGs – an enabler of change. It is my honour to be a patron of Mission 4.7 and launch this initiative, which will support and enrich UNESCO’s work on this vital target, through education for sustainable development and global citizenship."
- Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General
Mission 4.7 was founded by Global Schools and the SDG Academy, both flagship programs of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, in partnership with the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, UNESCO, and the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University. Mission 4.7 was launched by patrons Ban Ki-moon, the 8th UN Secretary-General, and Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on December 16th at 8am EST on the first day of the seventh annual Vatican Youth Symposium. The symposium will be hosted virtually by SDSN Youth and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences under the theme, “New Encounters on Humanity's Path Forward: Youth, Education, Nature, and Culture”.
What is Mission 4.7?
Mission 4.7 brings together leaders from government, academia, civil society, and business to accelerate the implementation of Education for Sustainable Development around the world and highlight the critical importance of education in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Mission 4.7 recognizes that in order to achieve the SDGs, it is crucial for people to acquire this knowledge, values, and skills, enabling communities to better respond to the external challenges while promoting more equitable, inclusive, and resilient societies
What is SDG Target 4.7?
SDG Target 4.7 calls on all governments to ensure all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, through Education for Sustainable Development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of peace and non-violence, global citizenship, and appreciation of cultural diversity.
Mission 4.7 will build on and draw upon UNESCO’s global leadership in Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship Education, as mandated by its member states and the UN General Assembly, as well as on its responsibility for the monitoring of Target 4.7. The initiative will ensure alignment with UNESCO’s global frameworks and conceptualizations, and complement existing programs already underway in this context.
How will Mission 4.7 work with Global Schools?
Global Schools is a proud co-founder and partner of Mission 4.7. Through this initiative, Global Schools will work with our partners to accelerate global efforts to reform education and better prepare students for the 21st century. Given the importance of SDG Target 4.7 to children and young people, Mission 4.7 and the Education Technical Working Group will act a a high-level advisory board for the work of Global Schools.
Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, and Ban Ki-moon, the 8th UN Secretary-General, will serve as co-patrons of Mission 4.7. The initiative will be co-chaired by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, President of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network; Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah, Chairman of the Sunway Group; Ms. Stefania Giannini, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Education; and Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences, representing Pope Francis.