The Belem Framework for Action (BFA) aiming at strengthening worldwide adult education was adopted at the Sixth International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VI), held in Belem, Brazil, in 2009 with the participation of 144 UNESCO Member States.
The CONFINTEA VI Midterm Review was organised from 25 to 27 October 2017 in Suwon, Korea, by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, in cooperation with the Korean Ministry of Education, the Korean National Commission for UNESCO, the National Institute for Lifelong Education (NILE) and the municipality of Suwon, Korea. The conference– attended by more than 400 participants from 103 countries—reviewed and examined action taken in adult learning and education (ALE) since CONFINTEA VI and discussed the way forward in light of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
SEAMEO CELLL Director had a busy schedule at the conference. He was invited on a panel to discuss the Power of Adult Learning: Vision 2030 at the International Lifelong Learning Symposium 2017, organised by the municipality of Suwon, Korea (24 October) at the City Hall Auditorium; to be a speaker at the first Conference side event on Adult Education Centres—Key structures for lifelong learning and development, organised by DVV-International (25 October) ; and to moderate a parallel group session on Participation, one of the five key action areas of the BFA (26 October). He also discussed country implementation plans of Policy Fora under the Project Towards a lifelong learning agenda in Southeast Asian countries with other SEAMEO CELLL Governing Board Members at the Conference (Indonesia, Lao PDR, Thailand, Viet Nam and Timor Leste) and attended a meeting on the Cambodian plan with the participation of UIL, DVV-International Regional Office and Cambodia MOEYS.