Seventh International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VII)

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The seventh International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VII) will be hosted by Morocco in 2022. Over 1,000 participants are expected to take part in the conference, which will examine effective adult learning and education policies within a lifelong learning perspective and within the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Conference participants will develop a new framework for action on adult learning and education that will replace the Belém Framework for Action (BFA), adopted at CONFINTEA VI in 2009.

CONFINTEA VII will encourage UNESCO Member States to put in place policies, incentives, regulatory frameworks and institutional structures and mechanisms to contribute to a human rights culture, social justice, shared values and sustainability. In recognition of continuing advancements in artificial intelligence, special attention will be paid to using information and communications technologies to promote access to adult learning and education and inclusion.


Preparatory process

Preceded by several sub-regional consultations, the regional preparatory conferences will provide localized perspectives and prepare the ground for the global conference in Morocco in 2022. Participants of the regional preparatory conferences will work to identify current key issues on adult learning and education in each region and suggest benchmarks and recommendations for CONFINTEA VII. These will take the form of outcome documents comprising central inputs that will be used to draft the framework for action to be adopted during CONFINTEA VII.

The regional preparatory conferences scheduled to take place are:


19 May 2021: West Africa sub-regional consultation


2 June 2021: West Africa (Sahel) sub-regional consultation


21 June 2021: Eastern and Southern Africa sub-regional consultation



23 June 2021: Central Africa sub-regional consultation


Arab States

17 March 2021: Civil society representatives

24 March 2021: Governmental and civil society representatives



Asia and the Pacific

20 January 2021: East and North-East Asia sub-regional consultation



25 February 2021: Central Asia sub-regional consultation




30 March 2021: South Asia sub-regional consultation


05 April 2021: South-East Asia sub-regional consultation

29 July 2021: Pacific sub-regional consultation

22 September 2021: Asia-Pacific regional consultation

Europe and North America

8/9 September 2021: Europe regional consultation


Fifth edition of the UNESCO Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE 5)

With its review of achievements made since CONFINTEA VI (2009), the fifth Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE 5), which will be presented at CONFINTEA VII, will play an important role in conference deliberations. Through survey data, policy analysis and case studies, GRALE monitors whether UNESCO Member States are putting their international ALE commitments into practice. The GRALE reports provide policy-makers and practitioners with sound recommendations for the future of adult learning.

Previous CONFINTEA conferences

Key documents

Belém Framework for Action (BFA)

Recommendation on Adult Learning and Education (RALE 2015)