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In a nutshell: The 2nd International Conference on Learning Cities

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15 October 2015

The theme of the Conference, which took place in Mexico City from 28 to 30 September 2015, was ‘Building Sustainable Learning Cities’. The Conference gave participants an opportunity to discuss ideas, share experiences and build synergies. It took place just as world leaders met in New York to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will define the next fifteen years of human development. Learning cities have an important role to play in implementing the global sustainable development agenda, and can make a particularly significant contribution to the achievement of SDG 4 (‘Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’) and SDG 11 (‘Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable’).

Highlights of the Conference:

Over 650 participants from 95 countries

3 Plenary Sessions, a mayors’ forum, 3 thematic forums and 5 regional forums enabled participants to build synergies while discussing and sharing experiences on how to promote sustainability and human dignity through lifelong learning.

64 speakers from 36 countries,

including ministers, vice-ministers, mayors, vice-mayors, representatives of international organizations, national governments, cities, non-governmental organizations, private-sector organizations and youth organizations contributed to the process of defining the future of learning cities.

Useful links: http://learningcities.uil.unesco.org/resources/2nd-international-conference-on-learning-cities

Adoption of the Mexico City Statement on Sustainable Learning Cities

The Mexico City Statement on Sustainable Learning Cities identifies strategic directions for building sustainable learning cities and outlines eight action points to further the development of learning cities and to ensure that lifelong learning is a driver of social, economic and environmental sustainability in cities throughout the world.

Useful links:

Mexico City Statement on Sustainable Learning Cities

Manifiesto de la Ciudad de México sobre Ciudades del Aprendizaje Sostenibles

Déclaration de Mexico sur les villes apprenantes pérennes

The UNESCO Learning City Award introduced

Members of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities can apply for the biennial UNESCO Learning City Award. The UNESCO Learning City Award will be conferred on cities that have shown outstanding progress in implementing the Guiding Documents of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities.

Useful links:

UNESCO Learning City Award Concept (EN/FR/SP)

UNESCO Learning City Award 2015 conferred to Melton (Australia), Sorocaba (Brazil), Beijing (China), Bahir Dar (Ethiopia), Espoo (Finland), Cork (Ireland), Amman (Jordan), Mexico City (Mexico), Ybycuí (Paraguay), Balanga (Philippines), Namyangju (Republic of Korea) and Swansea (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland).

Unlocking the Potential of Urban Communities: Case Studies of Twelve Learning Cities launched

Together with twelve cities, UIL has published a book that showcases cities’ efforts to improve people’s quality of life through lifelong learning. The publication, Unlocking the Potential of Urban Communities: Case Studies of Twelve Learning Cities, was launched at the conference and the twelve cities featured were awarded with the UNESCO Learning City Award 2015.

Useful links:

Unlocking the Potential of Urban Communities: Case Studies of Twelve Learning Cities

Liberar el Potencial de las Comunidades Urbanas: Estudios de Caso de Doce Ciudades del Aprendizaje

The UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities opened to membership

Cities around the world that are committed to lifelong learning and seek to build learning cities have been invited to join the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities, which is facilitated by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning.

Membership for the GNLC (EN/ FR /SP)

Application Form (EN/ FR / SP)

Guiding Documents (EN/ FR /SP)

GNLC Flyer (EN/ FR /SP)

GNLC Video

Youth Statement on Learning Cities developed

The Statement consists of three recognitions of the importance of building learning cities and the involvement of youth in this regard; three calls for action directed at UNESCO; three expressions of encouragement directed at local and national governments; and three commitments from youth to contribute to the building of learning cities.

Useful links:

3x3x3x3 Youth Statement on Learning Cities

80 contributions in TV, radio, newspapers, social media and national and international portals

Over 1,400 Twitter posts featured #Learningcities2015 and #Learningcities.

More conference materials:

http://learningcities.uil.unesco.org/resources/2nd-conference-on-learning-cities

www.learningcities2015.org