About hosts

Welcome to Slovenia

Slovenia lies at the heart of Europe in a small but very diverse geographical area at the crossroads of the Alpine, Mediterranean, Pannonian and Dinaric regions. This is reflected in the Slovenian character: they can be reserved like Alpine people, open like Mediterranean’s or good-hearted like Pannonians.

Slovenia is the leading country in putting sustainability at the core of its tourism development. With the national scheme for promoting sustainability and the Slovenia Green label, it offers attractive, innovative and high-quality tourism products with high added value, which sets it apart from other tourist destinations.

Slovenia builds its competitiveness via a strategic orientation towards research and development of technological solutions in niche areas of green economy, environmental technologies, robotisation, mobility, digitalisation and the creative industry. Slovenian companies are developing new business models that enable growth without a harmful impact in the environment. The business sector offers creative, innovative and accessible solutions that support the long-term development of society.

In 2020 and 2021, many key strategies, including education and training, were renewed or re-established. During the presidency, we will focus on the development of a new European programme for adult education and continue the processes of the EU Council Resolution on New European Agenda for Adult Learning, the renewed skills programme and the activities of the project implementing the New European Agenda for Adult Learning.

Slovenia will put a new vision of knowledge, based on socially responsible education, at the forefront of its efforts in the field of education, and place individuals and their challenges in relation to broader technological, social and environmental change. Education for the future also means being able to anticipate upcoming changes, so the contribution to this will be a discussion on new ways of learning and teaching during the Slovenian presidency, with a digital transformation at the forefront.


UIL promotes lifelong learning as the leading educational paradigm for inclusive and sustainable learning societies. We support policy-makers in their work, and work with civil society and non-governmental organizations in petitioning for positive change in their countries and regions.

The growth of standards 

Learning standards are one of the most important issues in education and training today, influencing every dimension of educational systems, from high-stakes standardized testing, to determining the content knowledge and skills that students are taught, through to the professional development that educators need to be effective. Standards are used to set clear, measurable goals, to inform the design of instruction, to indicate what needs to be assessed, and help keep educators accountable. UNESCO plays a key role in setting standards, and recognizes that, as education systems become increasingly interconnected, there is greater need to set global standards in various spheres of education (UNESCO, 2014a, p. 10). 

Seventh International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VII)

The seventh International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VII) will be hosted by Morocco in 2022. Over 1,000 participants are expected to take part in the conference, which will examine effective adult learning and education policies within a lifelong learning perspective and within the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Conference participants will develop a new framework for action on adult learning and education that will replace the Belém Framework for Action (BFA), adopted at CONFINTEA VI in 2009.

CONFINTEA VII will encourage UNESCO Member States to put in place policies, incentives, regulatory frameworks and institutional structures and mechanisms to contribute to a human rights culture, social justice, shared values and sustainability. In recognition of continuing advancements in artificial intelligence, special attention will be paid to using information and communications technologies to promote access to adult learning and education and inclusion.