UNGA78: Global Goals in Action Forum – Education Reimagined: Investing in Youth to Achieve SDG4

Education reimagined - Investing in Youth to Help Achieve SDG 4

The Forum will provide stakeholders with an opportunity to discuss the following SDGs:

• SDG 4: Quality Education.
• SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals.

Are we on the right track to solve the SDGs by 2030?

The Global Goals in Action is Diplomatic Courier’s annual UNGA high-level series of forums that bring together leaders from boardrooms and C-Suite, UN Member States, UN agencies, and international organizations so that they can leverage their experience, access to market, and resources toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Showcase Leadership & Projects

The Forum provides a platform for speakers and delegates to highlight their leadership skills and projects that are advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Global Exposure & Positioning

Delegates get the opportunity to present their work to leaders in the UN global community, positioning themselves as influential leaders to a high-level UN audience.

Networking & Opportunities

The Series facilitates exposure to other projects, potential partners, and opportunities, fostering a vibrant and collaborative environment.

Join the Diplomatic Courier, the Smithsonian Science Education Center, and EY on September 21st. Talent is universal, but opportunity and access are not. How can industry partner with educational organizations to help educate the next generation on the SDGs and pave the way for a more sustainable future?

In this interactive, high-level forum, we will examine results from two major global surveys measuring perspectives from both educators and students on the State of Education for Sustainable Development broadly, with specific focus on Climate Education.Together, speakers and delegates will delve into the underlying data behind teacher and student responses, recognizing challenges, and identifying solutions, while exploring opportunities for industry impact. The forum will demonstrate the critical importance of investing in youth to achieve the UN SDGs and industry goals through youth engagement and illustrate how industry and education partnerships can work together to provide new skills sets required to reach a net-zero future.


September 21, 2023

11:00 – 12:00 PM | Registration, Lunch & Networking

12:00 – 12:15 PM | Welcome & Introductions

  • Ana C. Rold, CEO, Diplomatic Courier & World in 2050; Board Member, Smithsonian Science Education Center (Forum MC)
  • Carol O’Donnell, Director, Smithsonian Science Education Center
  • Gill Hinde, EY Global Corporate Responsibility Leader; Board Member, Smithsonian Science Education Center

12:15 – 1:00 PM | Roundtable Discussion: Part I — The Current State of Sustainability Education

During this segment we will examine the status quo on Climate Education and SDG 4 starting from two surveys from EY and Smithsonian Science Education Center (powered by Gallup) respectively on the views of young people and the educators on the subject of sustainability education. After the presentations of the survey findings the room will have an open conversation on pain points, best practices, current trends on climate education around the globe.

1:00 – 1:20 PM | Future Leaders & Today’s Leaders Collaborating for a More Sustainable World

  • Julie Linn Teigland, EY EMEIA Area Managing Partner
  • Maximo Mazzocco, UNDP G17 Youth Global Ambassador
  • Ellen Stofan, Under Secretary for Science and Research

1:20 – 2:20 PM | Roundtable Discussion: Part II — Reimagining Sustainability Education Together

During this segment, all delegates and speakers will join a discussion moderated by the hosts. Together we will explore how stakeholders can take critical action to engage youth in their vision for a net-zero future. The discussion topics will include: workforce resilience, public-private partnerships, classroom and out of school education, green skills, and more. The discussion will continue with the young Delegates.• Carla Easter, Assistant Director of Education, Outreach, and Visitor Experience, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

  • Elyas Felfoul, Director of EdTech Initiatives, World Innovation Summit for Education
  • Jeff Martin, Board Member, Advisor, SkillsVR
  • Dominique Perron, EY EMEIA International Development Leader
  • Jay Persaud, EY Americas Vice Chair – Risk Management
  • Ana Spalding, Director of Resilience & Sustainability, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
  • Mario Vasilescu, CEO & Co-Founder, Readocracy

2:30 PM | Adjourn


Dr. Carol O'Donnell
Smithsonian Science Education Center
Ana Rold
CEO & Founder
Diplomatic Courier & World in 2050
Chris Roll
Assistant Director at EY Global Corporate Responsibility
Elyas Felfoul
Director, Policy Development & Partnerships
Qatar Foundation
Gillian Hinde
EY Global CR Leader
Jay Persaud
EY Americas Vice Chair – Risk Management
Jeff Martin
CEO & Founder
Tribal Planet
Julie Teighland
EY EMEIA Area Managing Partner
Máximo Mazzocco
UN Youth Delegate
UN Youth Delegate

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