- In line with Sunway’s ongoing commitment to supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs), Group founder and chairman Tan Sri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah joined many notable world leaders in launching Mission 4.7.
- Mission 4.7 is set to accelerate the implementation of SDG Target 4.7, which calls upon governments to ensure that learners acquire the knowledge, skills, values and attributes needed to achieve the SDGs.
One of the most detrimental effects of this COVID-ridden year has been the worldwide disruption of education for billions of learners. Many institutions have had to move online or find other means to reach their students, and the accessibility divide became clearer as the year progressed. Moving forward, work must be done in order to ensure all learners acquire knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development to build a more promising future.
In our latest initiative to address this divide as well as support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs), Sunway Group founder and chairman Tan Sri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah AO joined His Holiness Pope Francis, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, UNESCO director-general Audrey Azoulay and world leaders in launching Mission 4.7 on 16 December, the first day of the 7th annual Vatican Youth Symposium.
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Mission 4.7 is a new global initiative co-founded by the Global Schools and SDG Academy, in partnership with UNESCO, the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens and the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University. It aims to accelerate the implementation of education for sustainable development worldwide and highlight the critical importance of education in achieving the SDGs.
With its implementation, Mission 4.7 will use UNESCO’s global leadership in education for sustainable development and global citizenship education as its foundational premise. Its responsibility will be to see through the fulfilment of SDG 4.7, which is to ensure that all governments 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.
During the launch, Tan Sri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah expressed the urgency to act upon the educational divide,
“Mission 4.7 is being undertaken at a critical moment in the history of this planet. Unless we act, and act now to educate our younger generation I fear for their future and the world they will inherit,” emphasised Tan Sri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah.
Tan Sri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah also reaffirmed Sunway’s dedication towards advancing the UN’s sustainable development agenda. He states that this commitment is at the very heart of Sunway as an organisation, “It is summed up in Sunway’s vision statement – to be Asia’s model corporation in sustainable development, that is always innovating to enrich lives for a better tomorrow”.
Sunway City – A gamechanger within a globally recognised sustainability network
Sunway City Kuala Lumpur has officially been selected as one of the overarching UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN-SDSN) centres, alongside New York City and Paris, to coordinate continent-wide sustainability initiatives for Asia, the Americas and Europe/ Africa respectively.
The UN-SDSN centre in Sunway University will host the head office of the SDG Academy (the UN-SDSN’s flagship education platform) and lead programmes of the SDSN in Asia. Currently, the SDG Academy is drawing up a curriculum on sustainable development to be introduced as a compulsory subject at the K-12 level worldwide.
Tan Sri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah stated that he is delighted for Sunway University to have the honour of hosting 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,” said Tan Sri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah.
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In his commencement speech, Pope Francis shared that “Education is always an act of hope that, from the present, looks to the future.” As we step into a hopeful, yet uncertain 2021, the launch of Mission 4.7 will allow leaders from all over the world to align with UNESCO’s global frameworks and conceptualisations, to further advance the initiative for all learners to acquire the knowledge, skills, values and attributes needed to achieve the SDGs.
Sunway’s role in supporting Mission 4.7 will be vital in ensuring cooperation in sustainability initiatives and education across the continent of Asia.
You can watch Tan Sri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah’s full speech at the global launch of Mission 4.7 here.