Sunway Group Founder and Chairman Jeffrey Cheah joined His Holiness Pope Francis, the 8th United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, UNESCO director-general Audrey Azoulay and world leaders in launching the Mission 4.7 on the first day of the seventh annual Vatican Youth Symposium.
Mission 4.7 is a new global initiative co-founded by the Global Schools and SDG Academy, the flagship of the UN-SDSN, in partnership with UNESCO, the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens and the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University.
The initiative aligns with UNESCO’s global frameworks and conceptualisations, and complement existing programmes that are underway in this context.
The aim of the Mission is to promote the implementation of SDG Target 4.7, which calls for governments to ensure that learners obtain the expertise, skills, values and attributes necessary to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Mission 4.7 brings together leaders from government, academia, civil society and business to accelerate the implementation of education for sustainable development worldwide and highlight the critical importance of education in achieving the SDGs.
It recognises that to achieve the SDGs, it is crucial for people to acquire the said knowledge, values and skills, enabling communities to better respond to external challenges while promoting more equitable, inclusive and resilient societies.
It will build on and draw upon UNESCO’s global leadership in education for sustainable development and global citizenship education, as mandated by its member states and the UN General Assembly, as well as on its responsibility in monitoring the Target 4.7.
The SDG Target 4.7 calls on all governments to ensure its participants acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, through the education for sustainable development and lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promoting peace and non-violence, global citizenship and the appreciation of cultural diversity.
“All of us here at Sunway are determined to do our part towards advancing the sustainable development agenda,” Jeffrey Cheah said.
“I am grateful to the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN-SDSN) for establishing Sunway University at Sunway City Kuala Lumpur as one of the three UN-SDSN centres worldwide to oversee continent-wide sustainability initiatives.
I am also delighted that Sunway University will host the UN-SDSN’s SDG Academy, which will play a fundamental role in Mission 4.7. All of us at Sunway regard this responsibility not only as an honour but an obligation. We believe it also testifies to our firm commitment in advancing the sustainable development agenda,” he added.
Notably, Sunway City Kuala Lumpur has been selected as one of the three overarching UN-SDSN centres alongside New York City and Paris to coordinate continent-wide sustainability initiatives for Asia, the Americas and Europe/ Africa respectively.