Other UNESCO Education World Conferences

In 2008/09 UNESCO is organizing four international conferences, including the Bonn World Conference, to promote equity, quality, relevance and social responsibility in education.

Education is a right and a foundation for sustainable social and economic development. Poverty cannot be alleviated without education. Today's knowledge-driven economies rely on opportunities to learn throughout life. They demand the ability to adapt to rapid change and to respond to crisis.
Education empowers people with the knowledge and skills to improve their lives and with the values and attitudes to live together. But despite international commitments, education is a right still denied to millions of children, youth and adults around the world. As they expand to accommodate more learners, education systems are challenged to develop strategies that promote inclusion, quality learning, flexibility and innovation.

This cycle of conferences brings together a wide array of influential stakeholders in the common interest of creating education systems that serve the needs of all learners, address the challenges of today’s world and make learning a springboard of development. The UNESCO World Conferences taking place in addition to the one on Education for Sustainable Development are:

Inclusive Education: the Way of the Future

48th session of the International Conference on Education
Geneva, Switzerland 25-28 November 2008

Today’s education systems face the challenge of reaching over 75 million out-of-school children and 776 million illiterate youth and adults, and of creating learning environments that respond to increasingly diverse student populations. How can education contribute to foster greater social inclusion and cohesion?
How can the educational process adapt to different learning needs and enrich lives? How can the fundamental right to education be fulfilled for all, regardless of circumstances and background? Inclusion calls for legislation, policies and practices that ensure access to meaningful learning for all. It is a foundation for building more equitable and sustainable societies.
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Learning and Living for a Viable Future: the Power of Adult Learning

CONFINTEA VI - Sixth International Conference on Adult Education
Belém, Brazil 19-22 May 2009

Adult learning and education is a fundamental aspect of the right to learn
throughout life. It is all the more vital in light of rapid socio-economic changes,
technological advances and growing inequalities within and between countries.
In this context, giving adults the opportunity to acquire and enhance their knowledge, competences and skills to make informed choices and improve their lives is crucial. Adult learning and education empowers individuals and carries invaluable social returns, through increasing productivity, communityparticipation, active citizenship and political awareness. No national or international policy agenda aimed at strengthening education and promoting sustainable development will be successful without providing equitable and high-quality learning opportunities to all adults. This conference, drawing on regional recommendations, will aim to produce a global commitment to adult learning with clear strategies and targets for building a common viable future.
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The New Dynamics of Higher Education and Research for Societal Change and Development

2009 World Conference on Higher Education
Paris, France 5-8 July 2009

The field of higher education is undergoing intense transformation marked by
massification worldwide, unmet demand in the developing world, and the rapid
growth of new providers – private, cross-border and ICT-enhanced. What are the policy implications of these trends with regard to equity of access and academic quality? How is higher education contributing through research and knowledge-sharing toaddressing today’s key social and economic challenges? This conference will provide a global platform for debate among different stakeholders on actions to ensure that higher education meets national development objectives and individual aspirations while also playing a major role in the global knowledge society.
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