Fourth International Conference on Learning Cities

Inclusion – A principle for lifelong learning and sustainable cities.

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.’


Conference Hall
Plaza Mayor
Calle 41 # 55-80
Medellín, Colombia


01 – 03 October 2019


What is a learning city?

A learning city is one that promotes lifelong learning for all; it also

  • revitalizes learning in families and communities;
  • facilitates learning for and in the workplace;
  • expands the use of modern learning technologies;
  • improves quality and excellence in learning;
  • fosters a lifelong learning culture;
  • effectively mobilizes its resources in all sectors for the promotion of inclusive learning from basic education to higher education.
  • In doing so, the city promotes individual empowerment and social inclusion, economic development and cultural prosperity, and sustainable development.

    Why learning cities?

    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.


    Conference Hall
    Plaza Mayor
    Calle 41 # 55-80
    Medellín, Colombia

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    Limited places available