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International Conferences on Adult Education (CONFINTEA)

In 1949, reflecting on the end of the Second World War, UNESCO Member States met in Elsinore, Denmark, to discuss how adult learning and education (ALE) could help promote world peace and international understanding. That meeting marked the beginning of an enduring and fruitful global dialogue on ALE. It became the first of six International Conferences on Adult Education, known as ‘CONFINTEA’ (their French acronym: CONFérence INTernationale sur l’Education des Adultes).

This page brings together links and key documents for each CONFINTEA, beginning with the most recent.

2017 CONFINTEA VI - Mid-Term Review

Suwon, Republic of Korea

2009 CONFINTEA VI
Belém, Brazil
2003 CONFINTEA V - Mid-Term Review

Bangkok, Thailand

1997 CONFINTEA V

Hamburg, Germany

1985 CONFINTEA IV

Paris, France

1972 CONFINTEA III

Tokyo, Japan

1960 CONFINTEA II

Montreal, Canada

1949 CONFINTEA I

Elsinore, Denmark