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The Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region (Lisbon Recognition Convention) is an international agreement between 55 signatory states.

The convention was jointly drafted by:
  • The Council of Europe;
  • UNESCO; and
  • Members States of UNESCO's European and North America region.

Canada became a signatory to the Lisbon Recognition Convention on November 4, 1997, supported by provincial and territorial governments, with a view to ratification.

The Lisbon Recognition Convention revises and replaces the UNESCO Convention on the Recognition of Studies, Diplomas and Degrees concerning Higher Education in the States belonging to the Europe Region 1979, which Canada ratified in 1990 and which remains in force for Canada until the ratification of the Lisbon Recognition Convention is complete.

Do similar international agreements exist in other regions?

The Lisbon Recognition Convention was signed by Member States of the UNESCO Europe and North America region, which includes Canada and United States.

However, similar international agreements have also been signed by states in other UNESCO regions. For more information, consult CICIC's Other international agreements section.