You are viewing an archived web page, collected at the request of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) using Archive-It. This page was captured on 20:06:25 Dec 14, 2015, and is part of the UNESCO collection. The information on this web page may be out of date. See All versions of this archived page.
Loading media information hide

UNESCO and Sustainable Development Goals



Heads of State, Government leaders, UN High Level Representatives and civil society are meeting in New York from 25 to 27 September, at the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, for the historic adoption of new Sustainable Development Goals. These represent a universal, ambitious, sustainable development agenda, an agenda “of the people, by the people and for the people,” crafted with UNESCO’s active involvement.

In this context, UNESCO will highlight and reaffirm the importance of:

  • inclusive and quality education for all to achieve sustainable development,
  • protecting cultural heritage and fighting against the illicit trafficking of cultural objects,
  • solving the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education crisis that the world faces today,
  • investing in youth and access to quality education to counter violent extremism,
  • the role of freedom of expression and access to information and knowledge in sustainable development, and
  • gender equality and the empowerment of women for sustainable development and lasting peace


UNESCO is actively helping to frame the Education 2030 agenda which is encapsulated in SDG 4. The Incheon Declaration, adopted at the World Education Forum in Korea in May 2015, entrusted UNESCO to lead and coordinate Education 2030 through guidance and technical support within the overall SDG agenda.  Read more

Natural Sciences

The new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development represents a significant step forward in the recognition of the contribution of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) to sustainable development. Read more

Social and Human Sciences

UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Programme aims to firmly entrench universal values and principles, such as global solidarity, inclusion, anti-discrimination, gender equality and accountability, in the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda. Read more


Placing culture at the heart of development policies constitutes an essential investment in the world's future and a pre-condition to successful globalization processes that take into account the principle of cultural diversity. Read more

Communication and Information

UNESCO advocates the recognition of the vital role that freedom of expression and access to information and knowledge play in sustainable development in the post-development process. Read more




This Summit is a valuable opportunity for all those engaged and interested in scientific research in Africa to learn about the full spectrum of ground breaking research currently underway, and prep