On whose agenda is the UN’s SDG 4.7?

Thanks to reading Bill Scott’s presentation lamenting the failure of Education for Sustainable Development, I went via a link to the UN General Assembly’s Sustainable Development Goals – Agenda for 2030. (SDGs) Bill sees the SDGs as a better focus now than conventional education for sustainable development (ESD). The introduction of Agenda 2030 sets out 5Ps which are not a bad framework for the future of Spaceship Earth or “Mother Earth” as the UN prefers to call our planet:

People We are determined to end poverty and hunger, in all their forms and dimensions, and to ensure that all human beings can fulfil their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment.

Planet We are determined to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations.

Prosperity We are determined to ensure that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives and that economic, social and technological progress occurs in harmony with nature.

Peace We are determined to foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence. There can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development.

Partnership We are determined to mobilise the means required to implement this Agenda through a revitalise Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, based on a spirit of strengthened global solidarity, focused in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable and with the participation of all countries, all stakeholders and all people.

Further – We recognize that there are different approaches, visions, models and tools available to each country, in accordance with its national circumstances and priorities, to achieve sustainable development; and we reaffirm that planet Earth and its ecosystems are our common home and that “Mother Earth” is a common expression in a number of countries and regions.

The following is a sub-point of Goal 4 Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all 

4.7 By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the 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.


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