Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 4: Quality Education

Quality Education

Progress towards quality education was already slower than required before the pandemic, but COVID-19 has had devastating impacts on education, causing learning losses in four out of five of the 104 countries studied.

Without additional measures, an estimated 84 million children and young people will stay out of school by 2030 and approximately 300 million students will lack the basic numeracy and literacy skills necessary for success in life.

In addition to free primary and secondary schooling for all boys and girls by 2030, the aim is to provide equal access to affordable vocational training, eliminate gender and wealth disparities, and achieve universal access to quality higher education.

Education is the key that will allow many other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved. When people are able to get quality education they can break from the cycle of poverty.

Education helps to reduce inequalities and to reach gender equality. It also empowers people everywhere to live more healthy and sustainable lives. Education is also crucial to fostering tolerance between people and contributes to more peaceful societies.

To deliver on Goal 4, education financing must become a national investment priority. Furthermore, measures such as making education free and compulsory, increasing the number of teachers, improving basic school infrastructure and embracing digital transformation are essential.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

Académie internationale des sciences Ararat

AISA 1966 Paris France E

Academy for Future Science

AFFS 1973 Los Gatos CA USA G

Academy for International Health Studies

1993 Glastonbury CT USA G

Academy for Multidisciplinary Neurotraumatology

World AMN 2003 Cluj-Napoca Romania F

Academy for Peace Research

1982 G

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine

ABM 1994 New Rochelle NY USA G

Academy of Business in Society

ABIS 2001 Brussels Belgium D

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

ACJS 1963 Greenbelt MD USA G

Academy of Cultural Heritages

ACU 2016 Helsinki Finland J

Academy of Dental Materials

ADM 1940 San Diego CA USA C

Academy of Dentistry International

ADI 1974 San Antonio TX USA G v

Academy of East Asian Studies

AEAS 2000 Seoul Korea Rep G

Academy of Eating Disorders

AED 1993 Reston VA USA E

Academy of European Law

1992 Trier Germany E

Academy of European Law, Florence

1990 Florence Italy K

Academy of European Private Lawyers

1992 Milan Italy D v

Academy of European Public Law

1994 Athens Greece E

Academy of Human Resource Development

AHRD 1993 Roseville MN USA E

Academy of Improbable Research

1994 Cambridge MA USA F

Academy of International Business

AIB 1959 East Lansing MI USA F v

Academy of Operative Dentistry - European Section

AODES 1997 Athens Greece E

Academy of Peace

1972 Sion Switzerland G v

Academy of Political Science

APS 1880 New York NY USA N

Academy of the Mediterranean

1998 Naples Italy D

Accademia Europea di Scienza della Nutrizione

1961 Milan Italy D

Accademia Europea di Sports Vision

EASV 1988 Cervia Italy N

Accademia Europeista del Friuli-Venezia Giulia

1989 Gorizia Italy G

Accademia Internazionale d'Arte Moderna

AIAM Rome Italy G

Accademia Internazionale Melitense


Accademia Internazionale Partenopea Federico II

Accademia Federico II Naples Italy N


2015 Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe Belgium F

Access Agriculture

2012 Brussels Belgium F

Accord Européen Concernant la Sécurité Sociale des Bateliers de la Navigation Intérieure

1993 T g

Accord Network

1978 Washington DC USA G y

Accountancy Europe

1986 Brussels Belgium D

Accreditation Committee for Veterinary Nurse Education

ACOVENE 2007 London UK J

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

ACBSP Overland Park KS USA G

Accreditation Council for Oncology in Europe

ACOE 1989 Brussels Belgium E y

Accredited European Schools Network


ACE Electoral Knowledge Network

1998 E y

acet UK

1988 Chester UK G


1923 Montréal QC Canada G

ACL Study Group

Fairview Park OH USA E

ACORD - Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development

1974 Nairobi Kenya D y

ACP/LDC Sugar Industries Group

ACP Sugar 1952 Royston UK E g

ACT Alliance

2010 Geneva Switzerland E y


2015 Vienna Austria N

Acta Odontologica Scandinavica Society

1939 Aarhus Denmark F f

ACTEC - Association for Cultural, Technical and Educational Cooperation

1982 Brussels Belgium G

Acting for Life

AFL 1973 Le Bourget France G