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The UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre: Who We Are | What We Do | Working With Us | Get in Touch


Our Network

The UNEVOC Network: Learn About the Network | Explore the Network
For Members: UNEVOC Centre Dashboard


Skills for Work and Life

Thematic Areas: Youth Employment | Greening TVET | Access, Equity & Quality | TVET in a Digital World | Further Themes
Our Key Programmes & Projects: i-hubs: Forming hubs for TVET Innovation | YEM: Youth Employment in the Mediterranean | BILT: Bridging Innovation and Learning in TVET | UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme | WYSD: World Youth Skills Day
Past Activities: TVET Global Forums


Knowledge Resources

Our Services & Resources: Publications | TVeT Forum & Virtual Conferences | TVET Country Profiles | TVETipedia Glossary | Promising Practices
Journal & Events: Major TVET Events | UNEVOC Journal


Our Mission

As UNESCO’s designated centre for technical and vocational education and training (TVET), UNESCO-UNEVOC supports UNESCO’s Member States in their efforts to strengthen and upgrade their TVET systems. TVET is focused on the acquisition of knowledge and skills for the world of work, and helps youth and adults develop the skills needed for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship whilst supporting inclusive and sustainable economic growth.

UNESCO-UNEVOC promotes increased opportunities for productive work, sustainable livelihoods, personal empowerment and socio-economic development, especially for youth, women and the disadvantaged. Through its innovative projects, capacity-building programmes and collaborative activities with more than 200 UNEVOC Centres around the globe, UNESCO-UNEVOC is working towards ensuring access to quality skills training and development for all.


Our Place Within the UN System

UNEVOC Within UNESCO

The UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training is one of 8 UNESCO institutes and centres working in the field of education, and the only organization working to promote the United Nations’ mandate through TVET. UNESCO-UNEVOC also contributes to the United Nations’ mandate to promote peace, poverty alleviation, and sustainable development. Find out more about What We Do.

UNESCO Within the UN System


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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture. UNESCO's programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in Agenda 2030, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015. UNESCO is one of the 15 specialized agencies reporting to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which is the primary body responsible for coordinating all the economic, social and related work of the United Nations. Read more about UNESCO’s mission and mandate here

UNEVOC History


"Langer Eugen", UN Bonn © Volker Lannert

In 1989, the United Nations adopted the Convention on Technical and Vocational Education, recognizing that the development of technical and vocational education should contribute to the safeguarding of peace and friendly understanding among nations. Thereafter, an international project on technical and vocational education was initiated and the UNEVOC Network was officially launched in 1992.

At the UNESCO General Conference in 1999, Member States passed a resolution to set up an international centre for TVET. The Government of Germany generously offered to host the centre in Bonn and the inauguration ceremony took place in April 2002. Since then, the UN presence in Bonn has grown to more than 20 organizations and almost 1,000 staff members.

Our People


Staff at the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre



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Soo-Hyang Choi, Director


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UNEVOC Network


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page date 2020-03-27

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