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Many of the 173 UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) members around the world face severe challenges due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). During a webinar by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning on 19 March, UNESCO learning cities such as Beijing (People’s Republic of China), Shanghai (People’s Republic of China), Fermo (Italy), Kashan (Iran) and Manizales (Colombia) presented solutions, contingency plans and distance-learning approaches to over 180 representatives of other cities.

Learning cities are key drivers to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Over half the world’s people live in cities. With the right learning structures in place, cities can make an important contribution to sustainable development at local level and beyond. The power of cities,...