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

Asia Pacific Spine Society

APSS 1979 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia D

Asia Pacific Student Services Association

APSSA 1988 Kowloon Hong Kong D

Asia Pacific Wrist Association

APWA 2015 Shatin Hong Kong D

Asia Partnership Conference of Pharmaceutical Associations

APAC 2012 Tokyo Japan J c

Asia Research Centre, Copenhagen

ARC 1995 Frederiksberg Denmark N

Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University

1990 Murdoch WA Australia G

Asia Research Institute

ARI 2001 Singapore Singapore G j

Asia Society of Researchers

ASR 2000 Wan Chai Hong Kong J

Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education

ASPBAE 1964 Quezon City Philippines D

Asia Theological Association

ATA 1970 Quezon City Philippines D

Asia University

1941 Tokyo Japan G

Asia Water Council

AWC 2016 Daejeon Korea Rep D y

Asia-Europe Foundation University Alumni Network

ASEFUAN 2002 Brussels Belgium E

Asia-Europe Museum Network

ASEMUS 2000 Gothenburg Sweden F

Asia-Oceania Association for the Study of Obesity

AOASO 1998 Singapore Singapore D y

Asia-Oceania Federation of Organizations for Medical Physics

AFOMP 2000 D

Asia-Oceania Research Organization in Genital Infection and Neoplasia

AOGIN Parkville VIC Australia D

Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health

APACPH 1984 Perth WA Australia D

Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology

APAO 1957 Kowloon Hong Kong D

Asia-Pacific Applied Economics Association

APAEA 2016 D

Asia-Pacific Association for Computer-Assisted Language Learning


Asia-Pacific Association for International Education

APAIE 2004 Melbourne VIC Australia D

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions

APAARI 1990 Bangkok Thailand D gy

Asia-Pacific Association of Communication Directors

APACD 2014 D

Asia-Pacific Association of Forestry Research Institutions

APAFRI 1995 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia D y

Asia-Pacific Association of Methodist-related Educational Institutions

APAMEI 2012 Incheon Korea Rep D

Asia-Pacific Association On Problem-based Learning In Health Sciences

APA-PHS 2000 D

Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union

ABU 1964 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia C y

Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Investment and and Philanthropy

APCSIP 2001 Hawthorn VIC Australia G

Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding

APCEIU 2000 Seoul Korea Rep G

Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy

APCD 2003 Canberra ACT Australia G

Asia-Pacific Cultural Creative Industry Association

CCIA 2007 G t

Asia-Pacific Early Christian Studies Society

APECSS 2004 Virginia QLD Australia N

Asia-Pacific Early Mobilization Network

Tokyo Japan J

Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association

APERA 2001 Singapore Singapore D

Asia-Pacific Energy Research Centre

APERC 1996 Tokyo Japan G g

Asia-Pacific Evaluation Association

APEA 2012 Bulacan Philippines D

Asia-Pacific Forum of Environmental Journalists

APFEJ 1988 Beijing China F

Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development

AIBD 1977 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia F gjy

Asia-Pacific Network for Housing Research

APNHR 2001 Hong Kong Hong Kong F

Asia-Pacific Network for International Education and Values Education

APNIEVE 1995 Quezon City Philippines F g

Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Agriculture Food and Energy

SAFE Network Padang Indonesia F

Asia-Pacific Network of Moral Education

APNME 2006 Jakarta Indonesia F

Asia-Pacific Network of Transport and Logistics Education and Research


Asia-Pacific Philosophy Education Network for Democracy

APPEND 1995 Quezon City Philippines F

Asia-Pacific Programme of Education for All

APPEAL 1986 Bangkok Thailand F g

Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development

APEID 1973 Bangkok Thailand E g

Asia-Pacific Quality Network

APQN 2003 Shanghai China D y

Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood

ARNEC 2008 Singapore Singapore E

Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade

ARTNeT 2004 Bangkok Thailand F y