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1st World Forum On Lifelong Learning - October 28 - 29, 2008

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This first Forum aims at examining the systems of lifelong learning and training and at enhancing innovative practices in various parts of the world, as the stakes of competence are central to competitive processes between continents.

Recent transformations of the actors and systems of education and training, linked with deep cultural, economic, societal and technological changes, go together with development under all its forms, as regards either public policies and corporate strategies, or individual and collective dynamics. Within countless interactions, education and training are themselves in constant change.

This Forum is intended for elected representatives, public authorities, company directors, trainers, teachers and researchers. It is supported by many people, e.g. Jan FIGEL, Member of the European Commission for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, and Jacques DELORS, President of UNESCO’s International Commission on Education for the XXIst Century.

Different French and international personalities have confirmed their participation, among whom Koïchiro MATSUURA, Director-General of UNESCO, Jacques ATTALI, Edgar MORIN, Jean-Paul HUCHON, Abdul Waheed KHAN, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information of UNESCO, Nicholas BURNETT, Assistant Director- General for Education of UNESCO, and Barbara ISCHINGER, Director of Education at OECD.

The official opening of the Forum will take place on October 28, 2008 at the Regional Council of Ile-de-France, and will be followed by four plenary sessions on October 29, 2008 at UNESCO Headquarters (room 1) :

assessment of the situation in different countries with the participation of experts from OECD an UNESCO ; discussion on the implementation of networking in regions and territories; analyses and prospects around economic, social and individual tendencies;
debate on the risks and opportunities of globalization with managers of international companies and organizations.

This Forum has been given the seal of approval of the French presidency of the European Union and has been accepted by UNESCO as an international preparatory meeting to CONFINTEA VI, UNESCO’s Sixth International Conference on Adult Education which will be hosted by Brazil in 2009.

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