Signature Programs and Special Events
In countries around the world, enhancing education is considered an important component of sustainable development, which, in turn, is envisioned as a foundation for peace and human security. In 2015, the member states of the United Nations unanimously adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Unlike their predecessor, the Millennium Development Goals, the SDGs include education. In some countries, this framework could influence education policy for years to come. Among the seventeen SDGs, Goal 4 is “Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.” Two of the sub-goals are:
• By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university
• By 2020, substantially expand globally the number of scholarships available to developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States and African countries, for enrollment in higher education, including vocational training and information and communications technology, technical, engineering and scientific programmes, in developed countries and other developing countries
The Pathways to Peace luncheon features a conversation with Helen Clark, who completed her eight-year tenure as the administrator of the United Nations Development Programme in April 2017. Earlier in her career she was prime minister of New Zealand from 1999-2008. She will reflect on how the Sustainable Development Goals may shape international education, sustainable development, and human security.