Sustainable Futures - A Vision

“The future depends on what we do in the present” – Mahatma Ghandi

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Every person deserves a strong start to life that supports the development of their full potential through every life stage. Education diplomacy supports comprehensive human development by promoting responsive systems and relationships both within the education sector and with related sectors, such as health and social services. The inter-connectivity supported by education diplomacy helps to secure sustainable futures for all.

Development is a cultural and contextual process. As the global community shapes a development agenda which frames a vision of the world for future generations, it is essential that high-level, international discussions are informed by the voices of people from around the world, particularly the most disadvantaged. Deliberations about how to continue the path of eradicating poverty and create a sustainable development framework are ongoing. Education is central to development, and support for lifelong learning from early childhood education through adulthood is necessary to ensure conditions in which human potential may flourish.

Through education diplomacy, the global community must build upon past progress, consider lessons learned, and think critically and creatively about development. Below are a few initiatives that consider different ways to think about development. What is the role of education? Does progress mean the same thing to all people, societies, and countries?

Learning for Well-being is a policy framework that supports the well-being of children and youth in Europe.

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The Caring Economy Campaign centralizes caring and care-giving indicators at the individual, organizational, societal, and environmental levels in the measurement of a society's prosperity.

The Gross National Happiness Index is a concept, spearheaded by Bhutan in 2005, which takes a comprehensive approach to measuring well-being that includes not only psychological well-being (life satisfaction, emotions, and spirituality) but also subjective assessments in eight other domains, which include health, education, ecological diversity, and resilience.

The OECD's Better Life Initiative seeks to understand what drives the well-being of all people and nations and what needs to be done to achieve greater progress for all.

The Decade for Childhood (2012-2022), led by the Association for Childhood Education International and the Alliance for Childhood, provides a platform for a global conversation about childhood and facilitates the exchange of experiences, knowledge, and best policies and practices for a positive future for all children.