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12th OMEP Asia-Pacific Conference

Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

6 - 8 December 2023

Looking Back, Moving Forward: 
Progressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the Asia-Pacific region

2023 marks the beginning of the second half of the 2015-2030 timeframe set by the United Nations to achieve 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which include ending poverty, improving education and health outcomes, reducing inequality, and tackling climate change. 

The COVID-19 pandemic, the impacts of climate change, and increasing armed conflicts and refugee numbers, pose significant challenges to achieving the SDGs. The 2023 OMEP conference provides a timely opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved in the Asia-Pacific region, and what still needs to be done in policy and in practice to realise these goals.  

OMEP's mission to advance the right of all children to quality early childhood education is strongly related to SDG 4: 'Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all'. This conference will showcase how work towards quality early childhood education can advance not only SDG 4 but many of the other SDGs as well. 

The conference will feature five strands:

  1. Providing accessible, equitable, and inclusive quality early education for all young children
  2. Supporting the supply and sustainability of early childhood teachers and educators
  3. Fostering the health and wellbeing of young children, their families, and their communities
  4. Preserving, revitalising, and promoting Indigenous languages
  5. Improving action on climate change and environmental sustainability 

Find out more about each strand

Registration closed on Wednesday 22 November. 

Key dates


Applications to present opens

6 December 2022

Applications for scholarship opens

6 December 2022

Applications to present closes

Extended to 17 March 2023

Applications for scholarship closes

Extended to 17 March 2023

Abstract reviews completed and authors notified of outcomes 

29 April 2023

Scholarship recipients notified

29 April 2023

Registration opens

1 May 2023

Program at a glance published on conference website 

1 May 2023

Registration deadline for presenters

1 September 2023

Early bird registration closes

2 September 2023

Final program published on conference website

3 November 2023

Registration deadline for delegates

22 November 2023

All timings are in Australian Eastern Standard time (AEDT).



By becoming a member of OMEP Australia, you are helping to support and promote the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). You are part of an international advocacy for the rights of young children (from birth to 8 years) worldwide. You are endorsing the critical importance of early childhood education and care as a priority on the world agenda.

Conference contact

Main campus

Wallumattagal Campus
Balaclava Road
Macquarie University NSW 2109

City campus

Angel Place
Level 24, 123 Pitt Street
Sydney NSW 2000

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which Macquarie University stands - the Wallumattagal Clan of the Dharug Nation - whose cultures and customs have nurtured, and continue to nurture, this land since time immemorial. We pay our respects to the Elders, past and present.

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