Education Diplomacy and the SDGs

“The future depends on what we do in the present” – Mahatma Ghandi

Education Diplomacy is needed now more than ever before. If we are to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, greater cross-sector cooperation that advances the interdependence of Education SDG 4 with the other goals is necessary. Specifically, education is mentioned in the context of health (SDG 3), economic growth and employment (Goal 8), and climate change (Goal 13).

Collaboration facilitated by diplomatic interactions among diverse actors and entities at all levels will drive innovative solutions to education challenges. The potential is great. Hundreds of millions of people could be lifted out of poverty if all students left schools with basic reading and math skills. Infants born to more educated mothers leads to lower mortality rates. Educated populations correlate with an absence of violence.


The goal that explicitly recognizes the need for cooperation to achieve the ambitious development agenda is SDG 17, Partnerships for the Goals. Partnerships to advance education require diplomatic skills that build trust, create mutual understanding, negotiate agreement, and shape consensus around shared goals for a peaceful and prosperous world in which all people can live to their full potential.

To learn more about the SDGs, visit the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform.


Transforming Our World: What Are the SDGs?

There are 17 goals of the United Nations’ framework adopted in 2015 entitled Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. They are known as the Sustainable Development Goals – the SDGs. The SDGs are uniquely characterized by their interdependence, and all countries and stakeholders acting in collaborative partnership will implement this plan.