Skills for Work and Life Post-2015 - UNESCO-UNEVOC Global Forum, 14-16 October 2014, UN Campus Bonn

15 October 2014 - Bonn, Germany

Youth employability and green skills will be at the center of the global forum “Skills for Work and Life Post-2015”, organized by the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). From 14 to 16 October 2014, over 200 delegates from 70 countries from all continents will convene at the United Nations Campus in Bonn, Germany, to discuss the role of technical and vocational skills in addressing two major global challenges on the post-2015 development agenda: making youth employable and achieving sustainable development.

“For the past years, we have worked closely with our global network to come up with a shared vision for TVET, prioritizing youth and sustainable development”, says Shyamal Majumdar, Head of UNESCO-UNEVOC. “Now, it is time to translate this vision into concrete interventions and actions for the advancement of TVET worldwide,” he continued.

The forum will engage an international expert group of policy-makers, practitioners and researchers to discuss global directions identify concrete policy measures and propose areas of action. “To tackle youth unemployment is one of the biggest challenges of our times. The greening of TVET provides the opportunity to combine job perspectives with sustainable development in the field of environmental technologies and beyond”, says Dr. Georg Schütte, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Given that the unemployment rates for young people are two to three times higher than for adults, this is the top on the worldwide development agenda. In 2013 global youth unemployment was at 12.6 per cent. At the same time, new talents and new skills are needed to make the industry greener: in 2012 an estimated 5.7 million people worldwide were employed in the renewable-energy industry. This number could triple by 2030.

The outcome of the forum shall help shape concrete interventions of the UNEVOC Network and its members."The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) recognizes the relevance of TVET to tackle high youth unemployment in the world. In this context, we are pleased that there is a capable TVET-institution like UNESCO-UNEVOC with a unique global mandate and strong network of UNEVOC Centre’s across the world. We expect that UNEVOC will play a key role in the modernization of TVET systems and the implementation of the Shanghai Consensus. Therefore the BMZ would like to continue the financial and personnel support to UNESCO-UNEVOC in the future." says State Secretary Dr. Friedrich Kitschelt from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

With the 2015 target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the six goals of Education for All (EFA) fast-approaching, debates on what a post-2015 education agenda and framework should look like are taking place across the globe. Recognizing rapid demographic and technological changes, countries are prioritizing TVET and skills development as a key strategy for tackling youth unemployment and promoting inclusive growth and sustainable development.

The global forum is organized with support of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in collaboration with the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Federal Foreign Office of Germany and the German Commission for UNESCO.

The forum also features an exhibition showcasing innovative projects and products in international skills development, organized with support from Didacta International.

UNESCO-UNEVOC is UNESCO’s specialized centre for technical and vocational education and training (TVET). It serves UNESCO Member States worldwide to develop and strengthen their TVET systems and helps countries implement skills development programmes and policies that are relevant, lifelong and accessible to all. UNEVOC contributes to increased opportunities for productive work, sustainable livelihoods and socio-economic development consistent with its aim of promoting learning for the world of work. Its main programmatic foci are youth employment, skills development, greening TVET, teacher training and entrepreneurship facilitated through improved information and knowledge exchange, evidence-based practices, networking, regional and international cooperation and North-South-South dialogue.

Media information

Lisa Freiburg (English) +49 228 8150120 l.freiburg(at)unesco.org;
Alix Wurdak (German) +49 228 8150108 a.wurdak(at)unesco.org;
UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training
UN Campus, Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1, D-53113 Bonn

page date 2014-10-15

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