UNESCO’s first World Open Educational Resources (OER) Congress aims to influence educational planning worldwide and to encourage governments to support the development and use of OER. The specific objectives of the Congress are:
- Showcase the world’s best practices in OER policies, initiatives, and experts
- Release a 2012 Paris OER Declaration calling on governments to support the development and use of OER
- Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 2002 UNESCO Forum that created the term OER
The congress will bring together ministers of education/human resources development, senior policy makers, expert practitioners, researchers, and relevant stakeholders to discuss what works and what won’t work, and to agree on a declaration with a set of targets for a 2015 World Conference. As part of an extensive global consultation process, the congress will be preceded by six regional policy forums for ministers and officials in the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Arab States.