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Learning Cities’ documents and materials now available in all six UN languages

8 April 2016

Major Learning Cities documents and materials have been translated into all six official languages of the United Nations (UN). The documents are now available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish, which will ensure that information on building learning cities is widely available. The number of learning cities is growing as more and more Member States recognize the important contribution lifelong learning strategies can make to the sustainable development of urban areas. To further encourage and facilitate the development of learning cities, UNESCO established the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC). This Network supports the practice of lifelong learning in the world’s cities by promoting policy dialogue and peer learning among member cities; forging links; fostering partnerships; providing capacity development; and developing instruments to encourage and recognize progress made in building learning cities. In September 2015 the UNESCO GNLC officially opened to Membership.

Useful learning cities documents and materials

Guiding Documents

The UNESCO GNLC’s Guiding Documents explain the concept and describe the role of learning cities in sustainable development. These learning cities’ documents consist of the Beijing Declaration on Building Learning Cities and the Key Features of Learning Cities, which were adopted at the 1st International Conference on Learning Cities in 2013. The Beijing Declaration, outlines the role of lifelong learning in promoting inclusion, prosperity and sustainability in cities and makes a commitment to twelve actions for developing learning cities. The Key Features of Learning Cities provides an overall framework of key features of learning cities and a comprehensive checklist of action points to enhance and measure the progress of learning cities. The Guiding Documents are available for download in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

Guidelines for Building Learning Cities

These guidelines provide cities with strategic approaches for building dynamic and sustainable learning cities. They contain a set of actionable recommendations that can be referred to at every stage of the process of becoming a learning city. The documents are available for download in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

Mexico City Statement on Sustainable Learning Cities

The Mexico City Statement on Sustainable Learning Cities was adopted at the 2nd International Conference on Learning Cities. It defines the role of learning cities in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and identifies strategic directions for building sustainable learning cities. It is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

UNESCO GNLC Video

UNESCO Global network of Learning Cities official video has subtitles available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. Please click gearwheel in the right bottom corner of the video to pick your preferred subtitles language.

Membership Concept

Now available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

Learning City Award Concept

Now available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

UNESCO GNLC Flyer

Now available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.