Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 4: Quality Education

Quality Education

Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to creating sustainable development. In addition to improving quality of life, access to inclusive education can help equip locals with the tools required to develop innovative solutions to the world’s greatest problems.

Over 265 million children are currently out of school and 22% of them are of primary school age. Additionally, even the children who are attending schools are lacking basic skills in reading and math. In the past decade, major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels and increasing enrollment rates in schools particularly for women and girls. Basic literacy skills have improved tremendously, yet bolder efforts are needed to make even greater strides for achieving universal education goals. For example, the world has achieved equality in primary education between girls and boys, but few countries have achieved that target at all levels of education.

The reasons for lack of quality education are due to lack of adequately trained teachers, poor conditions of schools and equity issues related to opportunities provided to rural children. For quality education to be provided to the children of impoverished families, investment is needed in educational scholarships, teacher training workshops, school building and improvement of water and electricity access to schools.

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

Academy of Peace

1972 Sion Switzerland G v

Academy of Political Science

APS 1880 New York NY USA N Institutes

Academy of the Mediterranean

1998 Naples Italy D

Acadian Friendship Committee

1973 Poitiers France N v

Accademia Europeista del Friuli-Venezia Giulia

1989 Gorizia Italy G

Accademia Internazionale Melitense

Forte Sant'Angelo Malta G

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

1993 T g Treaties, IGOs

Accord Network

1978 Washington DC USA G y International Federations, Humanitarian Organizations

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 International Federations

Accredited European Schools Network


ACE Electoral Knowledge Network

1998 E y International Federations

ACET International

1988 Brentford UK G

ACL Study Group

Fairview Park OH USA E

ACORD - Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development

1974 Nairobi Kenya D y International Federations

ACT Alliance

2010 Geneva Switzerland E y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations


2015 Vienna Austria N

Acta Odontologica Scandinavica Society

1939 Aarhus Denmark F f Foundations

ACTEC - Association for Cultural, Technical and Educational Cooperation

1982 Brussels Belgium G

Acting for Life

1973 Le Bourget France G Humanitarian Organizations

Action - Development - Education - International

ADEI Grenoble France J

Action Against Hunger

1979 Paris France F Humanitarian Organizations


1972 Johannesburg South Africa F f Human Rights Organizations, Humanitarian Organizations

Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action

ALNAP 1997 London UK F y Humanitarian Organizations, International Federations


2014 Helsinki Finland F

ACTS International

1968 San Clemente CA USA G

ACUMA Incorporated

Killarney Heights Australia N

Adam Institute for Democracy and Peace

1986 Jerusalem Israel G j Institutes

Adara Development

1998 Edmonds WA USA F f Foundations

Additional Protocol to the American Convention on Human Rights in the Area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Protocol of San Salvador 1988 Washington DC USA T g Treaties, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

Additional Protocol to the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine, Concerning Biomedical Research

2005 Strasbourg France T g Treaties, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

ADF International

Brussels Belgium F

Adjudicating Committee for the Nordic Council's Literature Prize

1961 Reykjavik Iceland E g IGOs

Administrative Centre of Social Security for Rhine Boatmen

1950 Strasbourg France E g IGOs

Adorers of the Blood of Christ

ASC Sisters 1834 Rome Italy R Religious Orders

Adriano Olivetti Foundation

1962 Rome Italy G f Foundations

Adriatic Ionian Euroregion

AIE 2006 Campobasso Italy D

Adriatic Onomastic Research Centre

Zadar Croatia N

Adults Learning Mathematics: International Research Forum

ALM 1992 J

Advances in Neuroblastoma Research Association

ANRA 2008 Philadelphia PA USA C

Advancing Girls' Education in Africa

AGE Africa 2005 Washington DC USA G

Adventist Development and Relief Agency International

ADRA 1956 Silver Spring MD USA F Humanitarian Organizations

Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies

1987 Cavite Philippines G j Institutes

Adventure Therapy International Committee


Adventure Tourism Research Association

ATRA 2014 Fort William UK G

Advertising Education Forum

AEF 1999 Brussels Belgium F y International Federations

Advisory Centre on WTO Law

ACWL 2001 Geneva Switzerland E g IGOs

Advocates for Youth, Washington DC

1980 Washington DC USA G

Advocates International

1991 Alexandria VA USA G Human Rights Organizations

Africa 2000

2004 London UK G