Become a member

The UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) is an international policy-oriented network comprised of cities committed to implement lifelong learning for all.

What are the requirements for becoming a member?
In order to join the network, the municipality should pursue the vision of providing lifelong learning and becoming a learning city, in the spirit of the values and objectives guiding UNESCO in pursuit of dialogue and international cooperation.

Be part of a dynamic network

  • Connect with other learning cities with common interests, tackle similar issues and cultivate similar development agendas.
  • Communicate with a network of experts and professionals specializing in the field of lifelong learning.

Promote your experience as a learning city

  • Share your milestones and progress through the communication channels of the UNESCO GNLC.
  • Participate in the learning city case studies to share your experiences and achievements with the rest of the world.
  • Be eligible for the UNESCO Learning City Award.

Receive guidance and support

  • Access tools and strategies for developing learning cities (e.g. training modules and video tutorials on how to build a learning city).
  • Get insights into best practice from the latest research and practice reports.
  • Receive news updates on learning city developments around the world from the UNESCO GNLC.

How to apply?

The application period opens once every two years. The call for new members is open from 1 April to 31 May 2023.

Download the flyer, "Join the Global Network of Learning Cities” here.

Your city government can apply by following these steps:

The National Commission for UNESCO has one month to take a decision and will forward the application to the coordination team and send a copy to you. The Learning Cities team has created an optional tool for National Commissions for UNESCO to assist them in the review and selection process. Download the tool here.

For further information, please contact:

UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities
UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning
Feldbrunnenstr. 58
20148 Hamburg

Tel.: +49 40 44 80 41 44
Fax.: +49 40 41 077 23