A regional policy forum for Latin America was attended by more than 80 delegates in Río de Janeiro on 28-29 March. Attendees
discussed the importance of open content and shared information regarding local policies, as well as meeting with experts
and sharing good practices. This was the third of six regional policy forums on OER in the run-up to the World OER Congress
to be held in Paris, France. UNESCO has published a news report on the Latin America forum, and presentations and a final report are available on the Fostering Governmental Support for OER Internationally website.
The policy forum considered the proposed text of the Paris Declaration, a document put together by an international advisory and liaison group, composed of government representatives from each of UNESCO’s regions and selected representatives of international and non-governmental organizations.
Version 3 of the declaration is available for consideration online.
Policy forums for Europe, Asia and the Pacific and Arab States
A regional policy forum for Europe is planned for 17 April 2012 in Cambridge, UK at Cambridge 2012 a conference arranged by the Open CourseWare Consortium and the Support Centre for Open Resources in Education (SCORE) at The Open University, UK. This will be followed by events on 23-24 April Bangkok, Thailand and 7-8 May in Muscat, Oman.
World OER Congress website and registration
As the official component of the Congress is limited to UNESCO Member States, the parallel Open Seminar and Exhibition provides an opportunity to civil society organizations, academia, and individual experts to present on their OER initiatives. The official World OER Congress website is now available at www.unesco.org/oercongress and registration may be carried out online.
The World OER Congress is organized by UNESCO in full partnership with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and through the generous support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
13 April 2012