The International Experts’ Meeting was hosted by the QAPCO Professional Chair in Vocational Studies and the UNESCO Chair on TVET on Sustainable Development in the UNESCO-UNEVOC Centre for UDST. 
Collaborating partners included UNESCO Doha, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and the Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science.

The Opening Ceremony was chaired by Rupert Maclean, QAPCO Professional Chair in Vocational Studies, UNESCO Chair on TVET and Sustainable Development, Coordinator, UNESCO-UNEVOC Centre for Qatar, Office of Applied Research and Innovation. He introduced the purposes of the meeting as (i) analyzing issues related to the transition of TVET from an old productivist paradigm that served the needs of the economy for productivity, efficiency and growth, to a new one oriented towards integrated and balanced sustainable and inclusive development; and (ii) developing a Doha Declaration on Strengthening the Role of Research in TVET for Sustainable and Inclusive Development.

Short welcome speeches were delivered by three educational leaders in Qatar: Dr. Hamda Al-Sulaiti (Secretary General, Qatari National Committee for Education, Culture and Science); Samah Gamar (Vice President, Academic, UDST) and Faryal Khan (Programme Specialist for Education, UNESCO Doha Office). Among the key messages from these speakers were:

Opening Presentations
​​Dr. Hamda Al-Sulaiti (Secretary General, Qatari National Committee for Education, Culture and Science) 
This is a significant international meeting about sharing pioneering expertise, ideas, and knowledge, scholarly research and applied experienced in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). TVET is important for young people to build skills for the workforce and for successful career pathways. Employers benefit from trained employees who can bring innovative ideas to the workplace.
Samah Gamar (Vice-President: Academics, UDST) 
Qatar is an inspiring country. There is great will and dedication from its people to build on the current ambitious agenda for the Qatari education system.

Every person in Qatar has access to a quality, updated curriculum, and teachers who undergo quality professional development.

Dr Faryal Khan (Education Programme Specialist, UNESCO Doha Office)
UNESCO, with representatives in more that 180 countries, has a mandate to cover all aspects of education. It does this through leadership on United National Sustainability Goal 4 (UNSG 4) about quality education and United National Sustainability Goal 8 (UNSG 8) about inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.