The Minister of Education, Sciences and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia, Dr Maja Makovec Brencic, today opened a meeting at UNESCO Headquarters of more than 50 leading experts and national delegates to develop strategies for and address challenges to Open Educational Resources (OER) in support of the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

UNESCO – in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of Slovenia and the Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO  – organized the OER Road Map 2-day meeting of experts and delegates from 30 and 31 March, 2016, in the framework of UNESCO initiatives aligned to the 2012 World OER Congress and its Paris OER Declaration.

“UNESCO’s Paris OER Declaration in 2012 encouraged many governments and stakeholders to upgrade their strategies and policies, supporting OER pilots in different countries,” said Minister Brencic, noting Slovenia’s numerous global and national OER initiatives including the adoption of its National Strategy 2015-2020 of Open Access to scientific publications and research data. In her speech, Minister Brencic  announced a proposal by the Republic of Slovenia to host the 2nd World OER Congress in the Autumn of 2017.