UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) members from around the world will have the opportunity to exchange and discuss effective lifelong learning policies and practices at this year’s International Conference on Learning Cities (ICLC), which will take place in MedellÍn, Colombia, from 1 to 3 October 2019.
The UNESCO GNLC supports the achievement of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 4, which calls on countries to ‘ensure inclusive, equitable and quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’, and SDG 11, to ‘make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.’
A learning city is one that promotes lifelong learning for all; it also
In doing so, the city promotes individual empowerment and social inclusion, economic development and cultural prosperity, and sustainable development.
Studies have shown that lifelong learners – citizens who acquire new knowledge, skills and attitudes in a wide range of contexts – are better equipped to adapt to changes in their environments. Lifelong learning therefore has a crucial role to play in empowering citizens and promoting a more sustainable future for all.
While national governments are largely responsible for the development of strategies that promote a learning society, lasting change requires commitment at the local level. In other words, a learning society is created province by province, city by city and community by community.