Launch of UNESCO Futures of Education report


UNESCO launched a new global report on the Futures of Education entitled Reimagining our futures together: A new social contract for education. Education needs a new social contract to transform the future, says report by UNESCO’s International Commission.

GUNi has been one of networks that has contributed to the global consultation on the Futures of Education.

UNESCO launched a new global report on the Futures of Education entitled Reimagining our futures together: A new social contract for education at its headquarters on 10 November 2021. Two years in the making and informed by a global consultation process engaging over one million people, this report calls for significant transformation in education to repair past injustices and enhance our capacity to act together for a more sustainable and just future. 

Prepared by an International Commission on the Futures of Education chaired by the President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Ms Sahle-Work Zewde, the Report is part of a flagship, once-in-a-generation initiative to rethink how knowledge and learning can shape the future of humanity and the planet. Launched before the pandemic, the Commission’s work is a projection of education to the year 2050 and beyond.

The Report calls for pedagogies that move away from a focus on teacher-driven lessons to instead emphasize cooperation, collaboration, and solidarity. It urges that curricula shift towards ecological, intercultural, and interdisciplinary learning.  It states that teaching should be further professionalized as a collaborative endeavour and teachers recognized as key figures in educational and social transformation. It calls for schools to be protected as indispensable sites to promote inclusion, equity and collective well-being, but also redesigned to encourage more collaboration and to become exemplars of sustainability and carbon neutrality. The Report makes a call for a collaborative research programme on the right to education throughout life and urges renewed global solidarity and international cooperation to expand educational opportunities across the human lifespan and across social, cultural and professional spaces. It affirms that the right to education needs to be broadened to be lifelong and encompass the right to connectivity. Website:

GUNi's contribution to the UNESCO Futures of Education report

GUNi has been one of networks that has contributed to the global consultation on the futures of education. NGOs and civil society organizations, governmental entities, academic institutions and research organizations, private sector, youth and student organizations and networks, as well as UNESCO National Commissions contributed to the global conversation on the futures of education (2019-2021) through focus group discussions, thematic reports, webinars or other activities. It is in this context that GUNi hosted on June 11th 2020 an online focus group discussion on the Futures of Education: Learning to Become, an initiative promoted by UNESCO to reimagine how education can contribute to the global common good and shape the future of humanity and the planet.

3rd UNESCO World Higher Education Conference (WHEC2022) and GUNi

UNESCO is organizing the 3rd UNESCO World Higher Education Conference (WHEC2022), which will take place from 18 to 20 May 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. This international conference will offer new knowledge, innovative ideas creative alliances, and produce an enlarged and reinvigorated coalition of the global higher education community in favour of 2030 Agenda for Development and beyond. The WHEC2022 is organised by UNESCO in partnership with GUNi/ACUP, with the support of the Government of Spain, the regional Government of Catalonia, the City Hall and the Regional Authority of Barcelona and with the technical support of the IESALC. We are very honoured to be UNESCO’s main partner in the organization and celebration of such an event. The Conference is a unique opportunity for the higher education sector all over the world.




  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

Sponsored by

  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry of Business and Employment. Department of Research and Universities
  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry for Foreign Action and Open Government