Within the framework of the United Nations High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development taking place at UN Headquarters in New York City from 9 to 19 July 2019, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) is co-organizing a side event – ‘The invisible friend: Adult education and the Sustainable Development Goals’ – with DVV International, the German Adult Education Association.
The event, to be held at the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations, 871 United Nations Plaza, New York, on Tuesday, 9 July, from 18:00–20:00, aims to highlight the often-underestimated potential of adult education for sustainable development. It will address the critical importance of non-formal education approaches within SDG 4 and the many cross-sectoral linkages of adult learning and education with other SDGs, especially those under review during this year’s HLPF.
Werner Mauch, Team Leader, Monitoring and Assessment of Lifelong Learning at UIL, will present the Institute’s work in relation to the two key policy documents in this area: the 2009 Belem Framework for Action and the 2015 UNESCO Recommendation on Adult Learning and Education. The partnership with DVV International, a longstanding partner of UIL, illustrates the key role that NGOs play in providing ALE and in building synergy between public policies and civil society to achieve the SDGs.