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ERIC Number: EJ899917
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
A Framework for Inaction?
Archer, David
Adults Learning, v21 n5 p20-22 Jan 2010
On paper, CONFINTEA VI, the United Nations world conference on adult education that took place in Brazil in December, was just as important as the climate change conference in Copenhagen that took place the following week. As a UN conference it attracted delegations from 162 countries, many headed up by ministers. In total, about 2,000 people converged on the Amazonian city of Belem for this opportunity to review the state of adult education and offer a framework for the coming years. Although the final Framework for Action from Belem shows that some progress was made, there were also frustrations that delegates shied away from agreeing to any clear benchmarks or targets for investment--and this, the author contends, leaves the agreement weaker than it may otherwise have been. This resonates strongly with the failure to secure a binding agreement on climate change in Copenhagen and perhaps points towards a problem with the way in which such big UN meetings are conducted. The build up to CONFINTEA VI was extensive, with regional preparatory conferences over the preceding year (in Korea, Nairobi, Mexico etc) and a draft Framework for Action circulated in March 2009 for consultation. This draft framework was widely considered to be rather weak, with some people referring to it as a "framework for inaction". The desire to change this and secure a more significant framework was one of the impulses behind the convening of a three-day preparatory international forum for civil society organisations, immediately before CONFINTEA. This forum brought together more than 500 NGOs, unions and activists from 80 countries. Over three days of discussion in Belem this very diverse group came to agree a set of 10 core positions which would help CONFINTEA move from rhetoric to coherent action.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Brazil