The Member States also agreed to continue the work on the UNESCO Draft Convention on Academic Mobility. This sets out the path for the future of the Convention, which aims to provide a global framework of universal principles and standards for the recognition of degrees, diplomas and certificates in higher education, to be finally adopted at the General Conference in 2019.
Furthermore, the Conference also adopted a new Framework of Standards for UNESCO Associations and Clubs, which provides for the extinction of the figure of “centers for UNESCO” as part of the group of UNESCO associations and clubs over the next two years, which will result in the Center for UNESCO of Catalonia having to change the name under which it was created at the end of these two years.
The official relationship that the Center for UNESCO of Catalonia has with UNESCO, makes it possible for it to participate as a guest at the UNESCO General Conference. On this occasion, we attended with a delegation made up of the Director and the Chairman of the entity. In addition to being able to take part in discussion forums and obtain first-hand information on the definition of the organization’s strategic lines for the coming years, Unescocat had the opportunity to find out first-hand what organizations from all over the world are doing in relation to education and the implementation of SDG 4, presented in parallel events around the General Conference.
Of these side events, the participation in the session organized by UNESCO’s International Bureau of Education under the title “Future Competencies and the Future of the Curriculum” is particularly noteworthy. This event, chaired by the Director-General of UNESCO, was attended by dozens of representatives from the Ministries of Education around the world and representatives of civil society, including Unescocat, and presented the IBE-UNESCO initiative to transform education curricula around the world towards a competence-based, learner-centered approach.