High-level representatives attended the Conference, including the plenary session on “Defining Priorities for Immediate Action”. Ministers attended from Jordan (Culture), and Lithuania (Education and Science), and Deputy-Ministers from Azerbaijan, Costa-Rica, Georgia, Hungary, Iran, and the Republic of Korea.
Convened at the initiative of UNESCO, in close partnership with the Government of Portugal, the World Conference on Arts Education took place in the Centro Cultural Belém of Lisbon from 6 to 9 March 2006. The Conference was attended by 1200 participants from over 97 Member States.
International non-governmental organizations (NGOs) such as the International Society for Education through Art (InSEA), the International Society for Music Education (ISME), the International Drama and Theatre Education Association (IDEA) and the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation (MUS-E) were identified as UNESCO’s main partners. A list of the Conference participants is attached to the final report.