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

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, 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


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

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

1993 T g

Accord Network

1978 Washington DC USA G y

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 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

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

1973 Le Bourget France G

Acting for Women in Distressing Circumstances

1996 Phnom Penh Cambodia G

Action A B C en faveur de l'éducation et de la santé dans le Tiers-monde

1988 Luxembourg Luxembourg G

Action Against Hunger

1979 Paris France F

Action pour le développement - SOS Faim

SOS Faim 1964 Brussels Belgium G

Action Research Network of the Americas

ARNA 2012 F


1972 Johannesburg South Africa F f


2014 Helsinki Finland F

ACTS International

1968 San Clemente CA USA G

ACUMA Incorporated

Killarney Heights NSW Australia N

Adam Institute for Democracy and Peace

1986 Jerusalem Israel G j

Adara Development

1998 Edmonds WA USA F f

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


2008 Brussels Belgium D