Join the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities – deadline extended!


Sønderborg Learning City
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29 April 2020

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Cities from around the world are invited to apply for membership in the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities. In response to the unprecedented circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the period for applications has been extended until 30 June 2020.

The UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) is an international policy-oriented network providing inspiration, know-how and best practice. UNESCO GNLC members benefit from sharing of lifelong learning policies and practices, production and exchange of knowledge on key challenges and solutions, capacity building and training initiatives, and participation in global events such as the International Conference on Learning Cities.

Based on the UNESCO GNLC strategy for 2019–2021, the 170+ members of the network focus their joint activities on seven key clusters: education for sustainable development; equity and inclusion; educational planning, monitoring and evaluation; education for global citizenship; entrepreneurship; health and well-being; and literacy.

What is a learning city?

A learning city:

  • effectively mobilizes resources in every sector to promote inclusive learning,
    from basic to higher education,
  • revitalizes learning in families and communities,
  • facilitates learning for and in the workplace,
  • extends the use of modern learning technologies,
  • enhances quality and excellence in learning,
  • fosters a culture of learning throughout life.

In doing so, the city enhances individual empowerment and social inclusion, economic and cultural development, as well as sustainable development.

Submit your application until 30 June 2020!

Cities can submit their applications from until 30 June 2020 to the UNESCO National Commission in the respective country for endorsement and submission to the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning.

More information

Application procedure and form

About the UNESCO Global Network of Learning cities

Current members of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning cities


UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities
UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning
Feldbrunnenstr. 58
20148 Hamburg
Email learningcities@unesco.org
Tel: +49 40 44 80 4144
Fax: +49 40 41 077 23