Call for applications to host the 2019 International Conference on Learning Cities

  • Date: 18 June 2018 to 31 August 2018
  • Where: Hamburg (Germany)

The fourth International Conference on Learning Cities is scheduled to take place in 2019. It will provide a platform to share best practice in building learning cities, take stock of progress of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities to date, and highlight an integrated learning city approach for achieving lifelong learning and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at local level.

The first Conference was held in Beijing, China, in 2013. Under the theme ‘Lifelong learning for all: Inclusion, prosperity and sustainability in cities’, it opened the global discourse on learning cities and defined the UNESCO concept of a learning city. The second Conference, entitled ‘Sustainable learning cities’, took place in Mexico City, Mexico, in 2015. It saw the launch of the Guidelines for Building Learning Cities and the role of learning cities in achieving sustainable development defined. The third International Conference on Learning Cities was held in Cork, Ireland, in 2017. With the topic ‘Global goals, local actions: Towards lifelong learning for all in 2030’, the event focused on implementing lifelong learning to support the achievement of the SDGs by 2030.

Following these three successful international conferences, UNESCO invites member cities of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities wishing to host the conference to submit their applications to the Coordination Team of the UNESCO GNLC, at learningcities@unesco.org, no later than 31 August 2018.

In order to host the conference, member cities must ensure they can provide the following:

  • High-standard hotel accommodation for approximately 600 participants.
  • Meals (i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner) for approximately 600 participants.
  • Transportation to and from hotel (for arrival and departure of all participants).
  • Suitable venues and facilities for the conference sessions.
  • Interpreting services in English, French and Spanish (according to UNESCO standards).
  • Media services and a communications team.
  • A social-cultural programme.

Applications will be evaluated by a committee comprised of the UNESCO Learning City Team and other experts at the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL). In evaluating applications, UNESCO strives to rotate the hosting of the conference to different UNESCO regions of the world.

Read the full call for expression of interest here.