The initiative, Mission 4.7 led by the Ban Ki-moon Centre, UNESCO, the SDSN, and the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) at Columbia University, brings together leaders from across the world to highlight the critical importance of quality education for all and of education for sustainable development.

Mission 4.7 will build on and draw upon UNESCO’s expertise in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship Education (GCED), as well as of its responsibility for monitoring SDG 4 on Quality Education and its target SDG 4.7.

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SDG 4.7: Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship


By 2030 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.

The Launch of Mission 4.7

Join us for the launch of Mission 4.7 at the Vatican Youth Symposium 2020 on December 16th, at 14:00 pm – 17:30 pm CET.

The annual symposium brings together leaders from civil society, faith communities, business, academia, government, and the United Nations to discuss and promote best practices and programs for advancing sustainable development and human rights. This year, the symposium will host the launch of Mission 4.7.  Read the full press release here. 

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The High-Level Advisory Group

The Patrons of Mission 4.7 are Director-General of UNESCO – Audrey Azoulay and the 8th UN Secretary-General and BKMC Co-chair Ban Ki-moon.

A High-Level Advisory Group will be co-chaired by Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General, UNESCO, Jeffrey Sachs, President, SDSN and SDG Advocate,  Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah, Chairman and Founder of the Sunway Group, and Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.

The Academic and NGO Advisory Group 

An Academic and NGO Advisory Group will be established to advise and guide the work of the initiative.


Chandrika Bahadur (SDG Academy, SDSN)

Monika Froehler (BKMC)

Radhika Iyengar (CSD)

Vibeke Jensen (UNESCO)

Shannon Kobran (SDG Academy Kuala Lumpur)

Sam Loni (Global Schools, SDSN Youth)

Organizing Partners

The Organizing Partners will work closely with the Holy See in the context of Pope Francis’s Global Compact on Education.