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Global MIL Week 2019 Feature Conference


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The Global MIL Week Feature Conference and Youth Agenda Forum are co-organized with and hosted by County Council Region Västra Götaland and the University of Gothenburg in partnership with the Swedish National Commission for UNESCO. For the first time, the Feature Conference will be hosted by a regional institution and a university.

County Council Region Västra Götaland

County Council Region Västra Götaland is governed by democratically elected politicians and with just over 50,000 employees is one of Sweden’s biggest employers. Its task is to offer good healthcare and to provide the prerequisites for good public health, a rich cultural life, a good environment, jobs, research, education, and good communications. Altogether, this provides a foundation for sustainable growth in Västra Götaland.

Västra Götaland is the name of the geographical territory in the south-western parts of Sweden. The region has about 1.6 million inhabitants, 49 municipalities; the largest city is Göteborg (Gothenburg). The region has the largest port in Scandinavia and is Sweden’s leading region for industry and transportation.

University of Gothenburg

The University of Gothenburg meets societal challenges with diverse knowledge. 38 000 students and 6 000 employees make the University a large and inspiring place to work and study, with a continuous flow of new knowledge and ideas. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from all around the world.

In 1891, Gothenburg University College was established with the help of private donations. The first classes were held by seven professors teaching seven subjects to twenty-one students, four of whom were women. In 1907 it became an independent university college with the same status as the two national universities of Uppsala and Lund. The University of Gothenburg was formally founded in 1954 through the amalgamation of this college with the Medical College, which had been established in 1949.

Swedish National Commission for UNESCO

The Swedish National Commission for UNESCO was established in 1951 and is seated within the Swedish Ministry of Education and Research. The Swedish National Commission for UNESCO is the link between UNESCO and the Swedish government, authorities, experts and civil society organizations that are working with UNESCO-related matters. The Swedish National Commission for UNESCO provides advice to the Swedish Government on UNESCO-related matters and raises awareness in Sweden about UNESCO and its work. Among Sweden’s top priorities in UNESCO is gender equality and freedom of expression.