The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Education 2030 Framework for Action position lifelong learning as a key driver of health, economic growth, employment, sustainable consumption and production, and environmental awareness. The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) supports UNESCO Member States in promoting sustainable development through lifelong learning.
UIL’s Think-Tank Meeting on Lifelong Leaning, which will take place on 27 and 28 September 2016, will focus on the theme of ‘Lifelong Learning in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Implications for Policy and Practice’. The Meeting will bring together experts from various lifelong learning sectors for joint reflection and brainstorming. It will seek to operationalise the concept of lifelong learning, clarify related issues, highlight the impact of lifelong learning policies, and showcase innovative practices in areas such as active citizenship, workforce development, health and well-being, and social integration. This work will be taken further to support the monitoring of lifelong learning and to help gather evidence for policymakers, practitioners and researchers. It is intended to make an important contribution towards realising the 2030 Development Agenda.
The first outcome of the Meeting will be a UIL policy brief on lifelong learning and a special issue of the International Review of Education – Journal of Lifelong Learning on ‘Lifelong Learning: Implications for Policy and Practice’.
In addition, the Meeting itself will close with the conferral of the 2016 UIL Honorary Fellow Certificate to six distinguished personalities who have made extra-ordinary contributions to UIL’s field of work in lifelong learning, adult and continuing education, literacy and non-formal basic education.