About CONFINTEA

Last update: May 9, 2022

The seventh International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VII) will be hosted by Morocco in 2022. Over 1,000 participants are expected to take part in the conference, which will examine effective adult learning and education policies within a lifelong learning perspective and within the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Conference participants will develop a new framework for action on adult learning and education to replace the Belém Framework for Action (BFA), adopted at CONFINTEA VI in 2009.

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What is the purpose of CONFINTEA VII?
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CONFINTEA VII will encourage UNESCO Member States to put in place policies, incentives, regulatory frameworks and institutional structures and mechanisms to contribute to a human rights culture, social justice, shared values and sustainability. In recognition of continuing advancements in artificial intelligence, special attention will be paid to using information and communications technologies to promote access to adult learning and education and inclusion.

Regional Consultations
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Regional and sub-regional conferences have been taking place throughout 2021 in each of the five world regions in preparation for CONFINTEA VII. These conferences provided localized perspectives; participants identified current key issues on adult learning and education in each region. The outcome documents of these consultations will be used to draft the framework for action to be adopted during CONFINTEA VII. Learn more about the regional and sub-regional conferences below.

Arab States

Regional outcome document

Asia and the Pacific

Regional outcome document

Latin America and the Caribbean

Regional outcome document

Africa

Regional outcome document

Europe and North America

Regional outcome document

Background
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The International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA) is a UNESCO intergovernmental (Category II) conference for policy dialogue on adult learning and education (ALE) and related research and advocacy. The seventh International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VII) will take place in Marrakech, Morocco, in June 2022.

CONFINTEA has taken place every 12 to 13 years since the late 1940s. The first conference was held in 1949 in Elsinore (Denmark), followed by Montreal (Canada) in 1960; Tokyo (Japan) in 1972; Paris (France) in 1985; Hamburg (Germany) in 1997; and Belém (Brazil) in December 2009. In 2009, CONFINTEA VI led to the adoption of the Belém Framework for Action (BFA) which recognizes the critical role of lifelong learning in addressing global educational issues and challenges. Participating countries committed to making progress in five key areas of ALE: policy; governance; financing; participation, inclusion and equity; and quality.

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2022: CONFINTEA VII in The Kingdom of Morocco
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2017: CONFINTEA VI Mid-Term Review in Suwon, Republic of Korea
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2003: CONFINTEA V Mid-Term Review in Bangkok, Thailand
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1997: CONFINTEA V in Hamburg, Germany
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1985: CONFINTEA IV in Paris, France
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1960: CONFINTEA II in Montreal, Canada
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1949: CONFINTEA I in Elsinore, Denmark
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