The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) launched the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) during the first International Conference of Learning Cities, which took place in Beijing, People’s Republic of China, in 2013. The establishment of a city-led network was in response to a pressing need to strengthen lifelong learning at the local level.

Cities play a key role in providing lifelong learning opportunities and have tremendous potential to contribute to Sustainable Development Goal 4. They are well-placed to address many of today’s challenges, including climate change, discrimination and social instability, and to advance health literacy, gender equality and decent work, among others. Yet, many cities still struggle to provide learning opportunities to all of their citizens.

The network has since become a driving force for the promotion of sustainable development through lifelong learning at the local level.

The story of the Global Network of Learning Cities is beautifully presented in an online pageflow format, which outlines a decade of collaboration, innovation and lifelong learning excellence.

This story appears in the December 2023 Bulletin of the UNESCO IUL, which contains many useful resources, and offers an opportunity to subscribe.

 

 

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