More than 30 country representatives from the Arab States came together at a Regional Policy Forum on Creating Pathways to Empowerment: Building Alternative Learning Pathways (ALP) and Recognising, Validating and Accrediting (RVA) Non-Formal and Informal Learning in the Arab States, jointly organized by the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in the Arab States, Beirut, Lebanon, and the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) Hamburg, Germany.