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World Open Educational Resources Congress

Wednesday 20 – Friday 22 June, 2012

UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

Adoption of the 2012 Paris OER Declaration

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The 2012 Paris OER Declaration was formally adopted at the 2012 World Open Educational Resources (OER) Congress held at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from 20 – 22 June 2012.

Déclaration de Paris des REL 2012 (French)

Declaración de París de 2012 sobre los REA (Spanish)

إعلان باريس لعام 2012 بشأن الموارد التعليمية المفتوحة (Arabic)

2012年开放式教育资源巴黎宣言 (Chinese)


Over 400 delegates including representatives of Government, educators, NGOs, and universities attended the Congress which was organized in full partnership with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and supported by a generous grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (USA).

The goals of the Congress were to:

  • Release the 2012 Paris OER Declaration;
  • Showcase through an Open Seminar & Exhibition the world’s best practices in OER policies and initiatives; and
  • Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the 2002 UNESCO Forum that coined the term Open Educational Resources (OER).

The Congress was organized as an open multi-stakeholder event. Physical and remote participants were able to continually follow and participate in all sessions and directly contribute to the Paris OER Declaration via live-webstreaming or through Twitter and Identi.ca using the hashtag #oercongress.

Open Educational Resources Congress passes historic declaration

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Open Seminar and Exhibition (OSE)

>> What is the Open Seminar and Exhibition (OSE)?

>> Agenda

>> Speakers and Presentations: 21 June 22 June

>> Partners

Regional Policy Fora

In order to raise global awareness for the June 2012 Open Educational Resources Congress, UNESCO and the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) held a number of Regional Policy Forums on Open Educational Resources in all UNESCO regions. >> Read more


Organizing a large and complex event such as the World OER Congress requires strong partnerships.

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