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Adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

On Friday 25 September 2015, the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Held in New York from 25 to 27 September, the summit brought together UN Member States to discuss the post-2015 development agenda which builds on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted in 2000. While the MDGs consisted of eight goals, the SDGs include 17 goals broken down into 169 targets and seeks to realize inclusive and equitable economic, social and environmental sustainable development. A reflection of the SDGs ambitious intentions, the commitment to leave no one behind is an integral part of the goals.

Sustainable Development Goals 4 and 8 and TVET

What impact will the SDGs have on technical and vocational education and training (TVET)? SDG 4 proposes a transformative education vision, aspiring to “ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.” The vision stresses the right to education, the principles of equity, inclusiveness and quality, and the importance of lifelong learning. Particularly related to TVET, SDG 4 calls on Member States to ensure equal access to TVET programmes, to substantially increase the number of youth and adults with relevant skills for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship, and to eliminate gender disparities in education.

Furthermore SDG 8 aims to “promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all”. Such holistic visions challenge TVET to expand quality skills provisions and ensure skills relevance not only for the world of work, but also to support lifelong learning, inclusion and economies’ and societies’ low-carbon transitions. In this sense, the need to transform the TVET sector to maximize its potential to contribute to not only the achievement of SDG 4 and SDG 8, but in a broader way all SDGs in the context of promoting sustainable economies and societies, is of high relevance.

This new vision, with its emphasis on skills for work and entrepreneurship, presents an opportunity to reassert TVET’s role in the 2030 sustainable development agenda, and UNESCO-UNEVOC has an important role to play in this regard. Our About the UNEVOC Network connects TVET stakeholders from around the world and promotes South-South and North-South-South collaboration, driving developments in the field of TVET. We also facilitate knowledge sharing and promote knowledge development through the publication of TVET-related research and our various online resources such as the TVeT Forum and TVET Country Profiles. Playing a key role in the implementation of UNESCO's TVET strategy, our work supports the Organization’s efforts to improve people’s lives and achieve sustainable development through quality education.

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