The Lifelong Learning Platform is delighted to announce that we have been successfully admitted to an official partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), with consultative status under the Directives concerning UNESCO’s partnership with non-governmental organisations (36 C/Res. 108). UNESCO believes that education and training is a human right for all throughout life and that access must be matched by quality. The Organisation is the only United Nations agency with a mandate to cover all aspects of education. It has been entrusted to lead the Global Education 2030 Agenda through Sustainable Development Goal 4.
It is our belief that the values and principles upheld by UNESCO greatly correspond to those of LLLP. Indeed, UNESCO understands that education and training, when made accessible to all, provides us with a powerful tool for eradicating poverty, improving the lives of communities, making sustainability a reality, as well as sowing the seeds for each individual to reach their full potential and thrive. An additional commonality we share is a lifelong learning approach to education, which far from being reduced to a small moment in one’s life, is something that can and should be available at any point in a person’s life – regardless of age or financial means.
It is our hope that this partnership will further enable LLLP to make the case for learning as a lifelong endeavour, available and accessible to all as a matter of right. It is also anticipated that this partnership will widen the scope of LLLP’s work and provide new avenues for engagement that will strengthen our capacity to positively influence policy.