The Paris Declaration was approved on 22 June 2012, in PAris, France at the World OER Congress by acclamation by a gathering of more than 250 people, with many governments represented. This was a UNESCO 'Category 4' or 'Expert Meeting' that had both governments and educational and OER experts present. The Declaration represents the advice of the 'experts' to governments, on which it is non-binding. Governments will now decide how/whether to take it further within UNESCO (e.g. Executive Board or General Conference) or elsewhere.