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

United World Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

Hamburg Germany G

United World Wrestling

UWW 1912 Corsier-sur-Vevey B


2008 J v


1977 Sydney NSW Australia G

UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme

1992 Paris France F

Unity of Nations Action for Climate Change Council

UNAccc 2021 Vadodara G

Universal Association of Professional Colleges and Universities

UAPCU 2018 Manila Philippines G t

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

UDHR 1948 New York NY USA T g

Universal Peace Federation

UPF International 1999 Tarrytown NY F

Universala Medicina Esperanto-Asocio

UMEA 1908 Trier Germany C v


San Francisco CA USA G


2000 Amsterdam Netherlands D

Universidad Abierta Interamericana

UAI 1995 Buenos Aires Argentina G

Universidad Andina Simón Bolivar

UASB 1985 Sucre Bolivia F g

Universidad Autónoma de Centro América

UACA 1976 San José Costa Rica N

Universidad Biblica de las Americas

Bayamón Puerto Rico N

Universidad Biblica Latinoamericana

UBL 1923 San José Costa Rica G

Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas

UCA 1965 San Salvador El Salvador G

Universidad Centroamericana, Managua

UCA 1960 Managua Nicaragua G

Universidad de Iberoamérica

San José Costa Rica G

Universidad de las Américas

UDLA 1940 Mexico City Mexico G

Universidad Iberoamericana, México

UIA 1943 Mexico City Mexico G

Universidad Internacional de la Américas

UIA 1986 San José Costa Rica N

Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo

UIMP 1932 Madrid Spain N

Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnologia

ULACIT 1987 San José Costa Rica G

Universidad Latinoamericana, México DF

ULA 1976 Mexico City Mexico N

Universidad Panamericana, Mexico

1967 Mexico City Mexico N

Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana

UNITEC 1987 Tegucigalpa Honduras G

Universidad Tecnológica Intercontinental

UTIC Fernando de la Mora Paraguay G

Universidade Internacional da Paz

UNIPAZ 1987 Florianópolis Brazil F

Universitair Centrum voor Ontwikkelingssamenwerking, Brussel

UCOS 1980 Brussels Belgium G

Universitaire Stichting voor Ontwikkelingssamenwerking

USOS 1985 Antwerp Belgium G f

Universitas 21

1997 Birmingham UK F

Universitatea Libera Internationala din Moldova

ULIM 1992 Chisinau Moldova G

Universitätszentrum für Friedensforschung, Wien

UZF 1973 Vienna Austria G

Université catholique d'Afrique centrale

UCAC 1989 Yaoundé Cameroon J

Université de la Méditerranée, Marseille

1969 Marseille France G

Université européenne du volontariat

UEV 1993 Lyon France K

Université Européenne Jean Monnet

1995 Brussels Belgium G

Université internationale d'été, Nice

UIE Nice France N

Université internationale de langue française au service du développement africain à Alexandrie d'Egypte

Université Senghor 1989 Alexandria F

Université libre des pays des Grands Lacs

ULPGL 1990 Goma Congo DR G

Université libre internationale de Bruxelles

ULI Brussels Belgium G

Université Numérique Francophone des Sciences de la Santé et du Sport

UNF3S 2003 Lille G

Université Numérique Francophone Mondiale

UNFM 2003 Saint-Maurice G

Université sans frontière

USF 1990 Semoy G

Universities Allied for Essential Medicines


Universities Caribbean

1967 Kingston Jamaica D y

Universities Council on Water Resources

UCOWR 1962 Carbondale IL USA N

Universities Federation for Animal Welfare

UFAW 1926 Wheathampstead UK G