Who we are
The UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training acts as part of the United Nations mandate to promote peace, justice, equity, poverty alleviation, and greater social cohesion. The Centre assists Member States develop policies and practices concerning education for the world of work and skills development for employability and citizenship, to achieve:
- access for all
- high quality, relevant and effective programmes
- learning opportunities throughout life.
The International Centre contributes to increased opportunities for productive work, sustainable livelihoods, personal empowerment and socio-economic development, especially for youth, girls, women and the disadvantaged. Its emphasis is on helping meet the needs of developing countries, countries in transition and those in a post-conflict situation.
The UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre acts as a key component of UNESCO’s international programme on technical and vocational education and training. It also works to support UNESCO’s mandate for Education for All and Education for Sustainable Development.
The International Centre achieves this through taking action to strengthen and upgrade the worldwide UNEVOC Network (Flagship Programme), with particular reference to:
- Stimulating international and regional cooperation concerning human resource development
- Promoting UNESCO normative instruments and standards
- Promoting good and innovative practices in TVET
- Knowledge sharing
- Mobilizing expertise and resources
- Strengthening partnerships with other relevant agencies
For the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre to be recognized by UNESCO Member States, UNESCO Offices, United Nations agencies, and other partner organizations working in the field of skills development for employability and citizenship, as a truly international, effective and relevant centre of excellence in achieving our mission.
The UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training was established as a result of a decision taken by the UNESCO General Conference in 1999. In 2000, UNESCO and the Government of Germany signed an agreement for the hosting of the International Centre in Bonn, Germany. The inauguration ceremony took place in April 2002.
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United Nations Campus in Bonn
In February 2002, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan signed a contract to develop Bonn further to become a UN city. The former governmental and parliamentary quarter in Bonn is currently converted into a UN Campus, which also includes an international conference centre.
In June 2005, 11 UN agencies located in Bonn moved to the historic parliamentary building “Langer Eugen”. Use of the premises has generously been granted free of charge by the German Government.
Other UN organizations in Bonn (website of City of Bonn)
UN in Bonn (Brochure, PDF)
UNEVOC within UNESCO
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The UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre is one of eight UNESCO institutes and centres in the field of education. UNESCO is the United Nations’ specialized agency for education, science, and culture. UNESCO's education sector works to improve education worldwide at all levels of education through technical advice, standard setting, innovative projects, capacity-building and networking. UNESCO's education sector aims to:
- Promote education as a fundamental human right;
- Improve the quality of education;
- Stimulate experimentation, innovation and dialogue.
TVET in UNESCO
UNESCO has been entrusted to lead the Global Education 2030 Agenda through Sustainable Development Goal 4. The roadmap to achieve this is the Education 2030 Framework for Action (FFA). In this context, UNESCO's work in the area of TVET is based on its TVET strategy for 2016-2021. It has three priority areas:
- Fostering youth employment and entrepreneurship
- Promoting equity and gender equality
- Facilitating the transition to green economies and sustainable societies
UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre Staff
Soo-Hyang Choi, Director
Lenny Martini, Assistant to the Director
Reception and Secretariat
Ulrike Krämer, Office Assistant
UNEVOC Network and Programmes
Kenneth Barrientos, Programme Officer
Nickola Browne, Programme Assistant
Tristan Cole, Project Officer
Wouter de Regt, Associate Publications Officer
Alexandra Filippova, Programme Assistant
Pooja Gianchandani, Programme Expert (GIZ)
Ruairi Gough, Programme Assistant
Peter Greenwood, TVET Expert
Jean Hautier, Programme Assistant
Jens Liebe, Senior Programme Expert
Wilson Lima Júnior, Project Officer
Miki Nozawa, Programme Specialist
Zubair Shahid, Programme Assistant
Caroline Bajer, Administrative Officer
Carolin Schaulandt, Assistant Administrative Officer
Max Ehlers, Associate IT Officer
Aldrich Mejia, IT Support and Multimedia Developer
Isobel Aiken, Knowledge Management & Communications Intern
Sabrina Ferraz Guarino, Network and Research Intern
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