An International Advisory and Liaison Group, which is composed of government representatives from each of UNESCO’s regions identified by its electoral group and selected representatives of IGOs (OECD) and NGOs (OER Africa, Creative Commons), is a vital part of the initiative. Its role is to be a formal link with UNESCO’s member states and, especially, to involve them in the process of drafting the Declaration that will be presented to the World OER Congress in June, 2012.
The first meeting of the IALG took place at UNESCO HQ in Paris on December 19, 2011 co-chaired by the Project Director, Sir John Daniel and UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communications and Information (ADG/CI), Mr. Janis Karklins with the Senior Consultant as Secretary. All UNESCO regions were represented by at least one government and representatives of the IGOs and NGOs listed above were also present.
During the meeting the IALG has initialised the development of the Declaration for the OER Congress. In the ensuing discussion various elements for the Declaration were proposed, which guided the preparation of a first draft after the meeting. This document will be considered, discussed and finalised for adoption at the World OER Congress.
The Aisa-Pacific Regional OER Forum took place on 23-24 April 2012. The delegates considered the content of the declaration and Draft Version 5 of the declaration is available for comments and inputs by delegates.
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