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World Conferences on Arts Education

In 2003, as a response to the recommendations of the World Congress on the Status of the Artist (Paris, 1997) and the Intergovernmental Conference on Cultural Policies for Development (Stockholm, 1998),  the 32nd session of the General Conference called for the organization of a World Conference on Arts Education.

The First World Conference on Arts Education, organized by UNESCO in collaboration with the Portuguese Government was held in Lisbon in March 2006 and was the culmination of a five year collaboration between UNESCO and its Arts Education partners. The Conference resulted in the drafting of the Road Map for Arts Education which is designed to promote a common understanding among all stakeholders of the importance of Arts Education in developing in learners the capacities required for the 21st century.

As a follow up to the First World Conference and in response to the appeal from the 34th session of UNESCO’s General Conference, the Second World Conference on Arts Education was held in Seoul, the Republic of Korea, on 25-28 May 2010 the main outcome of the Seoul Agenda which is a comprehensive plan of action for all Arts Education stakeholders to realize the full potential of high quality arts education to positively renew educational systems, to achieve crucial social and cultural objectives, and ultimately to benefit children, youth and life-long learners of all ages.