Thematic Forum: How learning cities can stimulate inclusive and sustainable economic growth


Mr Wassilios Emmanuel Fthenakis, Mr Shaji Baby John, Mr Antonio E. Sánchez García, Ms Sylvia Beatriz Ortega, Ms Nicole Dättwyler Suárez, Mr Ahmet Köseoğlu
23 September 2015

Key question

How can cities ensure that lifelong learning contributes to sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth?


The objective of this forum is to discuss how learning cities can promote sustainable economic growth, focusing on developing innovative and people-centred economies, increasing youth employment, and promoting the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes needed for productive and fulfilling work and full participation in society.

General description

Goal 8 of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) centres on ‘promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all’. It is essential that cities work towards this goal by enabling citizens to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need for the world of work and indeed for life in general. Pursuing inclusive and sustainable economic growth will help cities to tackle issues such as poverty and growing youth unemployment, and to respond effectively to developments such as mass migration, technological advances and the constantly shifting demands of the labour market.

By strengthening connections between formal education and training and the world of work, by supporting cross-sector cooperation, and by promoting non-formal and informal learning settings, cities can offer all citizens – especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds – more diverse and flexible professional development opportunities. Becoming more responsive to the knowledge and skills needed by citizens for fulfilling work and full participation in society is the key to ensuring that cities achieve sustainable economic growth.

Conference Programme (23 Sept)