Report on the International Conference on Learning Cities Published
UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) has published the Report on the International Conference on Learning Cities, which took place from 21–23 October 2013, in Beijing, China. This document will serve as a point of reference in ongoing efforts to build learning cities and promote lifelong learning in the international community.
In the plenary sessions and regional panels, delegates came with concrete proposals on how to build learning cities and communities that nurture active citizenship, promote economic and cultural prosperity and lay the foundation for sustainable development. The Conference was hailed as “a milestone’ that goes ‘to the heart of UNESCO’s work in lifelong learning” by UNESCO Director-General Ms Irina Bokova.
The event culminated in the adoption of the Beijing Declaration on Learning Cities and the Key Features of Learning Cities. Furthermore, it generated the momentum to accelerate and support the practice of lifelong learning in the world’s communities through the establishment of a Global Network of Learning Cities. The report provides an overview of the event, presenting key messages, speeches and the outcomes of the conference.