The year 2007 was a historic year for the Institute as it was the founding year of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL). This grew out of the UNESCO Institute for Education (UIE), which had operated from its Hamburg location for 55 years.


Annual report 2007: UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (PDF 1,9 MB)

In 2008, UIL’s energies were focused on preparations for the Sixth International conference on adult education (CONFINTEA VI),which will be hosted by the Government of Brazil and organ-ized by UIL and the UNESCO Brasília Office. This event is crucial to our Institute, as it is the only global policy dialogue on adult learning and education, taking place at twelve-year intervals. CONFINTEA VI will thus offer a unique opportunity to make the case for adult learning and education policies worldwide, and foster the necessary commitment from governments and non-governmental organizations to move from rhetoric to action.


Annual report 2008: UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (PDF 6,43, MB)

In 2009, the Institute worked hard to drive the vision of lifelong learning forward on international education agendas. On behalf of UNESCO, UIL was entrusted with coordinating the preparation, implementation and follow-up of the Sixth International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VI). Preparations for this intergovernmental conference, which was held from 1 to 4 December 2009 – after its postponement from May 2009 – required the Institute’s full attention. The conference was clearly a success, with more than 50 ministers and deputy ministers travelling to Belém in the Amazon region of Brazil to attend the event and adopt an outcome document – the Belém Framework for Action– which demands concrete policies and strategies for the implementation of lifelong learning in all Member States. Indeed, much of this success can be attributed to the hard work and dedication of the UIL Director and staff, as well as all other partners involved, in particular the Government of Brazil and the UNESCO Brasilia office.


Annual report 2009: UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (PDF 4,73 MB)

The follow-up to the Sixth International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VI), held in Belém, Brazil in December 2009, was high on UIL’s agenda in 2010. Following the man-date given to the Institute by UNESCO Member States in the Belém Framework for Action, UNESCO and UIL are committed to coordinating the monitoring of the implementation of the recommendations spelled out in the document. A follow-up strategy was produced, which was discussed during the first meeting of the CONFINTEA Advisory Group, held at UIL in March. As an important pillar of this follow-up, the Institute is currently in the process of developing a set of comparable indicators for literacy and adult education to monitor the implementation of these components of the Belém Framework for Action by Member States. In cooperation with the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) an Overall Monitoring Strategy and a Monitoring Matrix were drafted. An international online con-sultation forum was held to obtain feedback on these tools before their further development by an international expert meeting in January 2011 prior to their validation, approval and use by Member States and their partners.


Download: Annual report 2010: UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (PDF 4,8 MB)

The present Annual Report provides a detailed account of UIL’s activities and achievements in 2011. They include the meetings organised and publications produced, as well as the new alliances made, the awareness raised, and the support provided to partners from within government and civil society in UNESCO’s Member States. The report highlights specific programmes undertaken by UIL in 2011, namely the preparation of the Global LIFE Mid-Term Evaluation Report,the development of the UNESCO Guidelines on the Recognition,Validation and Accreditation of Learning Outcomes of Non-formal and Informal Learning, and the implementation of the first Regional CONFINTEA Follow-Up Meeting in Latin America and the Caribbean. Also included are the involvement of vulnerable youth in two workshops in Mali and Egypt to collectively assess the Learning Needs of Vulnerable Youth, and the updated Directory
of Members of the ALADIN Network.


Annual report 2011: UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (PDF 2,27 MB)

In celebrating its anniversary this year, the Institute reflected on its success in weathering the storms of sixty years, and emerging stronger than ever. That UIL remains vibrant and responsive to diverse national, regional and global demands is testimony to the consistently excellent work of its staff. The core tasks of advocacy, research, capacity-building and partnership development continued to guide their efforts in 2012.

Download: Annual report 2012: UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (PDF 1,75 MB)

We are pleased to announce the publication of the Annual Report for 2013. The publication has been redesigned in order to provide a more accessible and visually attractive information source about the Institute and its work.

The Annual Report provides an overview of UIL’s key activities in 2013 and highlights outcomes and expected results in Member States. It opens with a timeline of activities, giving a general impression of the work carried out in 2013. Different work areas present their activities supported by testimonies from beneficiaries and actors. Each programme section concludes with a map, providing a visual representation of the diverse geographic locations of UIL’s work. All of these developments contribute to the aim of presenting our work in a more user-friendly way.

UIL would like to thank its donors, partners, governing board, staff members and interns for their contribution to the Institute’s work in 2013.


Annual report 2013: UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (PDF 3,8 MB)

This study has been prepared for the African Inter-Ministerial Conference on Literacy, which is due to be held in September 2007. The main purpose of the paper is to analyse the costs of a range of successful literacy programmes, run by government ministries and international and national non-governmental organisations. The intention is to add to the limited amount of data on costs currently available, and provide broad recommendations regarding their calculation, to inform the planning for LIFE and the regional strategy for the UNLD.

Download: Approaches to costing adult literacy programmes, especially in Africa (PDF 361 KB)

Contexts and challenging issue

The resurgence of adult learning and education

1. The new millennium has brought about a renewed appreciation of adult learning and education (ALE) as central in addressing the critical development challenges in Asia and the Pacific. The rapid pace of change, and the rise of knowledge economies and learning societies in a globalised world, highlight the importance of ensuring that all adults have access to high-quality learning and education opportunities.

2. At the same time, unresolved socio-economic problems, in particular extreme poverty, unemployment and exclusion, and the challenges created by internal and cross-border migration, as well as massive environmental degradation, are best addressed with a holistic education framework based on a human-rights approach which promotes social transformation and peace.

3. ALE is a core element of lifelong learning, and contributes enormously to the generation of creativity, innovation and new ideas necessary for building equitable and sustainable societies. ALE is central to advancing individual and community well-being, social justice and gender equality and to propelling productivity and economic growth.

4. ALE has indeed assumed a new urgency in Asia and the Pacific, flourishing with a multiplicity of learning pathways. We hereby reaffirm the critical role of adult learning and education in expanding human capabilities, freedom and choice.


Download: Asian Statement on Building Equitable and Sustainable Societies in Asia and the Pacific (PDF 99,2 KB)

Also available in Chinese: 关于在亚太地区建设公平和可持续社会的亚洲声明 (PDF 395 KB)


The Sixth International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VI) closed with the adoption of the Belém Framework for Action. Held from 1 to 4 December 2009 in Belém, Brazil, with the participation of over 1,100 delegates, including including 55 Ministers and Deputy Ministers from 144 UNESCO Member States, CONFINTEA VI continued a series of global UNESCO meetings on adult education and learning which have been held every twelve years since 1949. Building on the Hamburg Declaration on Adult Learning and the Agenda for the Future of 1997, the Belém Framework for Action records the commitments of Member States and presents a strategic guide for the global development of adult literacy and adult education within the perspective of lifelong learning.

Download: Belém Framework for Action (PDF 744 KB)