Education for global citizenship helps young people develop competencies which allow them to actively engage with the world and help make it a more just and sustainable place.
Poster of 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, the member states of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Agenda includes 17  Sustainable Development Goals. The overall aims are to put an end to poverty, protect the planet, to ensure prosperity for all, and to foster peaceful, just, and inclusive societies through global partnership based on a spirit of global solidarity. Achieving these goals involves fundamental changes in how we live on Earth – a global transformation.

Each of the goals contains a number of specific targets to be achieved by 2030. For example:

Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education

SDG Goal 4: Quality Education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all!

Sustainable Development Goal 4.7: Education for sustainable development and global citizenship

Target 4.7: education for sustainable development and global citizenship

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.

Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action

SDG Goal 13: Climate Action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts!

Sustainable Development Goal 13.3: Build Knowledge and capacity to meet climate change

Target 13.3: Build knowledge and capacity to meet climate change

Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning.

Further information on the Sustainable Development Goals can be found at