Football for the Goals – April 2024

08 April 2024
Photo: UNDP

International Day of Sport and Development and Peace 2024 Event (6 April) The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace was celebrated last week with an event at the UN in New York.

A number of Football for the Goals members participated in the annual observance both in the Conversation on the Crucial Role Women in Sport Play in Driving Social Change and Presentations of Successful Partnerships for Social Impact. The event featured representatives from Seattle Reign FC, CONCACAF and Generation Amazing, UEFA and the NWSL.

Football for the Goals - Goal of the Month

This month’s Sustainable Development Goal is Goal 4: Quality Education. Education is interconnected across all the SDGs which allows the cycle of poverty to be broken, reduce inequality, and lead individuals to lead lives of sustainability, peace and development.  
Quality Education aims to ensure inclusivity and promote lifelong opportunities for all. However, 250 million children remain out of school, and if no additional measures are taken, only one in six countries will achieve universal access to quality education by 2030. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres stated “People everywhere need high-quality skills, knowledge and education.” 

Education systems must be restructured, and education financing must become a priority for national investment. Since sports is known to be an effective and high-impact tool in humanitarian, development and peace-building efforts, it can perhaps be a tool to help build a better and more sustainable future for all. 

UN Initiatives on Quality Education

From 16 April to 18 April, The UN ECOSOC Youth Forum will take place at the United Nations headquarters in New York. The Forum provides a platform for young leaders around the world on solutions to challenges affecting youth wellbeing. To follow the ECOSOC Youth Forum’s side events and outcomes, click here.  

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency launched a podcast, “Awake at Night”. The podcast features UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications Melissa Flemming and an array of humanitarian workers. For one of the episodes, Ms. Flemming discusses the barriers of education and how it prevents us from unleashing hidden talent with United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown. To listen or read more click here. 

To learn more about Goal 4 Quality Education click here.

Source: UN DGC and UN Football for the Goals

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