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Annual Report 2021

Welcome by Daniel Baril

Chair, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning Governing Board

Welcome by David Atchoarena

Director, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning


We envision a world in which everyone can learn throughout their lives.

Sustainable Development Goal 4

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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UIL building in Hamburg


All children, youth and adults benefit from quality lifelong learning opportunities. Lifelong learning is the organizing principle for education systems worldwide. It enables a holistic, integrated, inter- and cross-sectoral approach to sustainable development.

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  • Evidence-based lifelong learning policy support
  • Capacity development
  • Monitoring the implementation of normative instruments
  • Advocacy and networking
  • Research and foresight
Multiethnic group in workshop debating results


We work with UNESCO Member States, advocacy groups, researchers, non-governmental organizations and regional and global bodies to promote lifelong learning; support better policy, planning and practice in the field; and build capacities for more effective implementation.

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UIL works towards lifelong learning opportunities for all through policy support, research, monitoring, capacity building, networking and advocacy.
Advocacy and networking
Capacity building
Research and foresight
Policy support
Discovering the power of literacy: The sunflower grandmas of Uganda
sunflower grandmas of Uganda and teacher
Snapshots of learning cities’ responses to COVID-19
Image features part of the cover page of the Snapshots of Learning Cities publication
'They call me Worm': Prison writing contest 2021
prison writing competition
UNESCO Learning City Awardee: Wyndham, Australia
Image features the Werribee River in Wyndham, Australia.
UNESCO Learning City Awardee: Damietta, Egypt
Image features a panorama of the harbour and city of Damietta, Egypt.
UNESCO Learning City Awardee: Clermont-Ferrand, France
Image features buildings and streets in France: Clermont-Ferrand.
UNESCO Learning City Awardee: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Image features a busy street in Dublin, UK.
UNESCO Learning City Awardee: Huejotzingo, Mexico
Mexico: Huejotzingo view of city and volcano
UNESCO Learning City Awardee: Shanghai, People's Republic of China
Image features skyscrapers in Shanghai.
UNESCO Learning City Awardee: Al Wakra, Qatar
Image features a street in Al Wakra, Qatar.
UNESCO Learning City Awardee: Osan, Republic of Korea
Image features the skyline of Osan, Republic of Korea
UNESCO Learning City Awardee: Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia
Image features a small ampitheatre on the coast of Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia
UNESCO Learning City Awardee: Belfast, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Image features the city of Belfast at night.
Facts and figures
Diagrams and graphs


UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL): annual report, 2021