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International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE)
The International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) is the leading global membership organisation that works towards bringing accessible, quality education to all through open, flexible and distance learning.
The International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) is a global association with activities and members in all regions of the world. In 1969 the ICDE's official partnership with UNESCO started, and after more than 50 years, ICDE remains a key consultative partner to UNESCO.
Since 1938, ICDE and its members have transformed the lives of individuals and communities through accessible, quality education. ICDE is the oldest international membership organisation contributing to this transformation, promoting the benefits of open, flexible and distance learning (OFDL) and sharing the expertise of its members across the globe.
ICDE’s historic commitment to distance education is attested to through its role as a consultative partner to UNESCO, and ICDE continues to advocate for inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all, in alignment with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. ICDE recognises its members and partners for their steadfast commitment to advocating for accessible and high-quality education for all.