Cedefop, in cooperation with UNEVOC, OECD, ILO, WB, ETF, and other international agencies have set up a coordination body.
This working group was initiated following on a suggestion made at the interagency group on TVET meeting in Geneva in December 2011 and objectifies bringing together international agencies and relevant stakeholders to address the sustainable development challenges which require coordinated action.
On 10-11 April 2012, UNESCO-UNEVOC hosted the first interagency working group meeting on greening TVET and skills development in Bonn, Germany. Bringing together international agencies and relevant stakeholders to address the sustainable development challenges, this first meeting intended to provide a channel for interested agencies to explore opportunities for establishing an interagency working group (IWG) in the context of TVET and sustainable development, and to brainstorm rational, aims and objectives, composition and scope of the IWG.
Eight agencies participated in the meeting, including: Asian Development Bank (ADB), European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop), European Training Foundation (ETF), International Labour Organization (ILO), Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), UNESCO-UNEVOC, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). While the representatives of Cedefop, ETF, ILO, and UNESCO-UNEVOC participated in the meeting in person, the representatives of OECD, UNITAR, and UNECE joined the meeting through conference calls with Skype, and ADB could participate in the discussions via emails.
Following the presentations, various issues related to greening TVET and skills development were raised during the discussion. During the meeting the participants agreed that the collaboration among agencies should aim at reinforcing the role of TVET and its reform process for Sustainable Development through establishing a workgroup on TVET for sustainable development, as one of subgroups of the interagency working group on TVET.
More information about the interagency working group on greening TVET and skills development will be available soon.