Sunway joins global mission


A virtual success: The launch of Mission 4.7 with Ban, (right panel from top to bottom) Pope Francis, Cheah, Prof Sachs and Azoulay.

SUNWAY Group founder and chairman Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah joined Pope Francis, former United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, UNESCO director-general Audrey Azoulay and world leaders in launching Mission 4.7 on the first day of the annual Vatican Youth Symposium on Dec 16.

The Mission’s objective is to accelerate the implementation of Sustainability Development Goals (SDG) Target 4.7 which calls on 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.

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 SDG.

“I am delighted that Sunway University will host the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN-SDSN) SDG Academy which plays a fundamental role in Mission 4.7.

“All of us here at Sunway are determined to do our part towards advancing the sustainable development agenda.

“We 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, ” said Cheah in a press release.

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.

Housed at Sunway University, the UN-SDSN will host the head office of the SDG Academy as well – the education arm for the UN-SDSN and lead flagship programmes of the SDSN in Asia.

Recognised globally as the hub of high-quality SDG education, the SDG Academy is an online knowledge network reaching more than 300,000 participants in 193 countries.

The SDG Academy is currently drawing up a curriculum on sustainable development as a compulsory subject at the K-12 level worldwide.

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 Centre for Sustainable Development at Columbia University.

The initiative will ensure alignment with UNESCO’s global frameworks and conceptualisations, and complement existing programmes that are underway.

Mission 4.7 will be co-chaired by the UN-SDSN president Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Cheah, UNESCO assistant director-general for education Stefania Giannini and Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences, representing Pope Francis.The Vatican Youth Symposium was hosted by the SDSN Youth and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences under the theme “New Encounters on Humanity’s Path Forward: Youth, Education, Nature, and Culture”.

The annual symposium brought together leaders from civil society, faith communities, business, academia, government and the UN to discuss and promote best practices and programmes for advancing sustainable development and human rights.

Visit mission4point7.org to watch the livestream of the launch event and learn more about the initiative.

Learn more about the annual Vatican Youth Symposium at sdsnyouth.org/vatican-event.

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