Call for applications: UNESCO Learning City Award 2021

14 May 2021

Celebrating cities’ innovation in lifelong learning

The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) is calling for applications for the UNESCO Learning City Award 2021. The award recognizes impactful, creative and innovative lifelong learning strategies and practices at urban level. All 229 members of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) are invited to apply by 25 June 2021. Awardees will be honoured on 27 October 2021 during the fifth International Conference on Learning Cities in Yeonsu, Republic of Korea.

Education is key to sustainable development and, with more than half of humanity living in urban areas, cities are at the forefront of efforts to live more sustainably. The cities making up the UNESCO GNLC aim to provide quality education and lifelong learning opportunities within their local communities to people of all ages and from all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. While each learning city has its unique story, all UNESCO GNLC members benefit from the sharing of best practices within the network.

UNESCO established the UNESCO Learning City Award in 2015. It is open to all member cities of the UNESCO GNLC and recognizes best practice in lifelong learning at urban level, the promotion of lifelong learning through effective and innovative projects or programmes, and innovative work in the field of lifelong learning.

Key dates

25 June 2021: Submission of application by the applicant city to the National Commission for UNESCO in the respective country.

16 July 2021: National Commissions approve applications for a maximum of two cities per country.

1 September 2021: Awardees decided by an international jury on behalf of the UNESCO GNLC; announcement of awardees.

27 October 2021: Award ceremony during the fifth International Conference on Learning Cities in Yeonsu, Republic of Korea.

Share your learning city story with us and apply for the 2021 Learning City Award!

Further information

How to apply

Learning City Award concept note

Learning City Award flyer with key dates