Conventions and Recommendations

UNESCO prepares and adopts conventions and recommendations at international and regional levels in the field of Higher Education.

Regional Conventions

At the regional level, six conventions on the recognition of higher education qualifications have been adopted.

African States

Revised Regional Convention (2014)
The revised Convention on the Recognition of Studies, Certificates, Diplomas, Degrees and Other Academic Qualifications in Higher Education in African States adopted at Addis Ababa on 12 December 2014.

African States - Regional Recognition Convention (1981)
The Regional Convention on the Recognition of Studies, Certificates, Diplomas, Degrees and others Academic Qualifications in Higher Education in the African States was adopted at Arusha on 5 December 1981 (UN Treaty Series No. 21522).

Contact 
Peter J Wells
Chief, Higher Education Section
Email: p.wells(at)unesco.org

Arab States

Arab States - Regional Recognition Convention (1978)
The Convention on the Recognition of Studies, Diplomas and Degrees concerning Higher Education in the Arab States was adopted at Paris on 22 December 1978 (UN Treaty Series No. 20367).

Contact
Hamed Al Hammami
Secretary of the UNESCO Arab States Regional Recognition Convention
Director, UNESCO, Beirut
Email: h.alhammani(at)unesco.org

Asia and the Pacific

Asia- Pacific Regional Convention (2011)
Asia-Pacific Regional Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education adopted at Tokyo on 26 November 2011.

Asia and the Pacific - Regional Recognition Convention (1983)
The Regional Convention on the Recognition of Studies, Diplomas and Degrees in Higher Education in Asia and the Pacific was adopted in Bangkok on 16 December 1983 (UN Treaty Series No. 32021). 

Contact 
Libing Wang
Secretary of the UNESCO Asia and Pacific Recognition Convention
Senior Programme Specialist, UNESCO Bangkok
Email: l.wang(at)unesco.org

European Region

European Regional Convention - Lisbon Recognition Convention (1997)
The Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region was adopted at Lisbon on 11 April 1997 (European treaty Series No. 165)  

Europe - Regional Recognition Convention (1979)
The Convention on the Recognition of Studies, Diplomas, and Degrees concerning Higher Education in the States belonging to the Europe Region was adopted at Paris, 21 December 1979 (UN Treaty Series No. 20966).

Contact
Liliana Simionescu
Secretary to the Lisbon Recognition Convention.
Email: l.simionescu(at)unesco.org


Latin America and the Caribbean

Latin America and the Caribbean - Regional Recognition Convention (1974)
The Regional Convention on the Recognition of Studies, Diplomas and Degrees in Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean was adopted at Mexico City on 19 July 1974 (UN Treaty Series No. 14287) - 

Contact
Institute for Higher Education in Latin America (IESALC)
Secretary of the Regional Committee
E-mail: iesalc(at)unesco.org.ve

Mediterranean Region

Mediterranean Region - Inter-Regional Recognition Convention (1976)
The International Convention on the Recognition of Studies, Certificates, Diplomas and Degrees in Higher Education in the Arab and European States bordering on the Mediterranean was adopted at Nice on 17 December 1976 (UN Treaty Series No. 16889).

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Contact
David Atchoarena
Director for Teacher Development and Higher Education(ED/THE)
Email: d.atchoarena(at)unesco.org

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