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Building lifelong learning systems: skills for green and inclusive societies in the digital era

Event ​organised by the ETF and UNESCO with the collaboration of the ILO, EBRD and UNICEF

On 21 to 25 June the European Training Foundation organised, jointly with UNESCO, an online event entitled ‘Building lifelong learning systems: skills for green and inclusive societies in the digital era’, which will take place from 21 to 25 June 2021. Read the conference conclusions!

The conference, which was organised with the collaboration of EBRD, ILO and UNICEF, had a double objective: to create a forum for joint reflection on national and international experience in transforming education and training systems into lifelong learning, and to confirm priorities for future cooperation in the area of human capital development against the backdrop of global developments and challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic.


On Thursday 24 June a high-level session saw the participation of: Cesare Onestini, Director, European Training Foundation; Nicolas Schmit, Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, European Commission; Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director General for Education, UNESCO; Patrizio Bianchi, Minister for Education, Italy (G20 Presidency); Branko Ružić, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development; Tamar Kitiashvili, Deputy Minister of Education and Science, Georgia.

On 25 June the ETF also unveiled the three winners of the ETF Green Skills Award, which will represent the best stories in skills development that empower the green transition.

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The event was streamed simultaneously on several social media platforms. You can pick one (Facebook, LinkedIN or Youtube) and watch it from there. For your convenience, here are the direct links to follow the streaming:

Grand Opening of the Conference, 21 June, 9.00 CEST

Session 1: Adapting to a changing skills demand, 21 June, 10.30 CEST

Session 2: New Forms of Learning, 21 June, 13.30 CEST

Session 3, Role of actors in Lifelong learning systems, 22 June, 9.00 CEST

Session 4. Monitoring and Adapting, 22 June, 11.30 CEST

Session 5. Skills for All, 23 June, 9.00 CEST

Session 6. Supporting the Green Transition, 23 June, 11.30 CEST

High Level Event - Part 1, 24 June, 9.45 - 12.30 CEST

High Level Event - Part 2. Thematic session, 24 June, 14.00 - 16.00 CEST

High Level Event - Part 3, 25 June, 9.00 - 12.25 CEST

Complete agenda of the Conference here

If you would like to know more: read the Conference overview and the Conference conclusions

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More information

Conclusions - Building lifelong learning systems
Conference overview