UNESCO-UNEVOC Global Learning Forum

The UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, in collaboration with partners in the UNEVOC Network, is engaged in promoting learning and innovation in TVET, paying close attention to changes in the way TVET is planned and practiced to make it more responsive to societal, economic and environmental needs. With its direct link to labour markets, there are high expectations of TVET systems around the world to reinvent themselves to keep pace with evolving demands. The United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 also identifies TVET as one of the key action areas in pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals for Education, and Decent Work and Economic Growth.

In this context, UNESCO-UNEVOC is organizing a Global TVET Learning Forum to explore new thinking behind innovative practices and scalable solutions. Innovation to promote excellence and inclusion in TVET is evident in some countries. Yet, it has not been mainstreamed in institutional systems and practice. The Forum seeks to discuss these issues and explore new thinking behind innovative practices and scalable solutions. It also aims to facilitate discussion of ongoing opportunities, new challenges and future developments whilst offering a platform for peer exchange, policy learning and concrete steps for designing innovative practices, projects, products, and solutions that promote quality, excellence and inclusion in TVET.

From 2 to 3 December 2019, over 100 delegates from more than 40 countries, including 65 government ministries, international organizations, and public and private institutions working in the field of TVET and skills development, will gather at the United Nations Campus in Bonn for the two-day event. The UNESCO-UNEVOC Global TVET Learning Forum will be formally opened by Reinhard Limbach, Vice Mayor of Bonn, and Shyamal Majumdar, Head of UNESCO-UNEVOC, followed by a keynote address from UNESCO Director of Policy and Lifelong Learning Systems, Borhene Chakroun. The Mayor of Bonn, Ashok-Alexander Sridharan, will host a welcome reception for the delegates on 2 December 2019 at Bonn‘s Old Town Hall.  

The main working language of the Global Forum will be English with English-French simultaneous interpreting provided. Recordings of all the plenary sessions will be available online.  

About UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for TVET

UNESCO-UNEVOC is UNESCO’s specialized centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). It assists UNESCO Member States worldwide in strengthening their TVET systems and implementing skills development programmes and policies that are relevant, lifelong and accessible to all. Through its global network of more than 200 UNEVOC Centres in 166 countries, UNESCO-UNEVOC contributes to increased opportunities for productive work, sustainable livelihoods and socio-economic development. Its main programmatic focus areas are fostering youth employment and entrepreneurship, promoting equity and gender equality, and facilitating the transition to green economies and sustainable societies.

Date and Venue

2 to 3 December 2019, United Nations Campus, Bonn


Nickola Browne - Communications Focal Point, Tel: +49 228 815 0118, Email: n.browne@unesco.org

UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training
UN Campus, Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1, D-53113 Bonn 

For more information about the Global TVET Learning Forum, please visit: https://unevoc.unesco.org/alit

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