The Sixth International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VI) was convened by the Director-General of UNESCO, following 33 C/Resolution 5 and 175 EX/Decision 9, adopted by the 33rd Session of the General Conference of UNESCO. At the invitation of the Government of Brazil, the Conference, with the theme Living and learning for a viable future: the power of adult learning, was held at the Hangar Convention Center, Bel?m do Par?, from 1 to 4 December 2009. A total of 1,125 participants from 144 countries attended, including 55 Ministers and Deputy Ministers and 16 Ambassadors and Permanent UNESCO Delegates. There were also representatives of UN agencies, inter-governmental organisations, non-governmental organisations and foundations, as well as learners’ associations. The overarching goal of CONFINTEA VI was to harmonise adult learning and education with other international education and development agendas and its integration within national sector-wide strategies.