The 2012 World Open Educational Resources (OER) Congress was hosted by UNESCO in Paris, on 20-22 June 2012.

In addition to showcasing the world’s best practices in OER policies, initiatives and experts and celebrating the 10th anniversary of the 2002 UNESCO forum that coined the term “OER”, UNESCO member States unanimously approved the Paris OER Declaration which calls on Governments to support the development and use of OERs.

The Declaration recommends that UNESCO member States:

a. Foster awareness and use of OER.

b. Facilitate enabling environments for use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT).

c. Reinforce the development of strategies and policies on OER.

d. Promote the understanding and use of open licensing frameworks.

e. Support capacity building for the sustainable development of quality learning materials.

f. Foster strategic alliances for OER.

g. Encourage the development and adaptation of OER in a variety of languages and cultural contexts.

h. Encourage research on OER.

i. Facilitate finding, retrieving and sharing of OER.

j. Encourage the open licensing of educational materials produced with public funds.

For more information, see the UNESCO Congress site or COL Congress site. Photos from the 2012 Congress are also available here.