Policy and Advocacy

Think Global works with others in the global learning sector to advocate for global learning at a national level. We are in regular discussion with the Department for International Development (DfID) and work with our partners to advocate for global learning in the UK.

Our focus is demonstrating how we and our partners are contributing to achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),and in particular SDG Target 4.7 on Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship:

SDG Target 4.7

“By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development”.

Policy updates

Our CEO Jess McQuail signed a joint letter from Bond members in June which stresses that the SDGs should be an important component of the UK Government’s ‘Global Britain’ agenda. Read the letter here. See key points from Priti Patel’s speech on at ‘What the world needs from Global Britain’ event on Bond’s website or the speech in full on the DFID website.

Following the General Election, Think Global’s CEO Jess McQuail wrote to Priti Patel, Secretary of State for International Development, in a joint letter on the importance of global learning from representatives of the development education networks of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The joint letter reiterated the importance of engaging young people in global issues in our increasingly complex world and asks the Government to reconfirm its commitment to supporting this engagement and learning. The letter also highlighted the value of the Global Learning Programme, the role of global learning in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the need for inter-departmental partnership. Read the letter here. We received a reply in July from The Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP on behalf of the Department for International Development (DfID) to this letter. Read the reply here.

Get involved

We will be submitting evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement in September.View the call for evidence.

If you would like to contribute to Think Global’s submission please contact Rebecca Sharkey, Membership and Public Affairs Manager.  The deadline for contributions to Think Global’s submission is 1st September.