On December 5, 2022, Iceland and Andorra ratified the UNESCO Global Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education, thus becoming the 19th and 20th UNESCO Member States to do so. As twenty states must ratify the Convention for it to enter into force, these two ratifications mark a turning point, as the Convention will now become legally binding for the Member States that have committed themselves to it.
The Convention was adopted by the UNESCO General Conference in November 2019. It is intended to facilitate graduates getting their qualifications recognized in the UNESCO Member States that have ratified it. Furthermore, it forms part of UNESCO's work on the Sustainable Development Goal 4, which aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. The Convention is intended to facilitate mobility and increase the quality of higher education, as well as international collaboration at the higher education level. The Icelandic ENIC-NARIC office is the Competent Recognition Authority implementing the Convention on behalf of the Icelandic Government.