UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities: Key 2021 Dates


21 April 2021

The UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) is an international policy-oriented network providing inspiration, know-how and best practice in lifelong learning at urban level. In 2021, the following dates are key to the work of the network.


UNESCO Learning City Award 2021

25 June 2021: Submission of application by the applicant city to the UNESCO National Commissions in the respective country.
16 July 2021: National Commissions submit applications of maximum of two cities per country.
1 September 2021: Announcement of Awardees
27 October 2021: Award ceremony at the Fifth International Conference on Learning Cities in Yeonsu-gu, Republic of Korea.

The UNESCO Learning City Award honours UNESCO learning cities which have made outstanding progress in promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all. Learn more

UNESCO learning cities’ progress reports

By 31 December 2021: UNESCO learning cities submit their progress reports
January to March 2022: Review of progress reports

GNLC members are required to submit a progress report on their learning city project every two years. This is a requirement to renew membership. The online report form is available here.

Membership application period

Cities from around the world with a commitment to lifelong learning are invited to apply for membership in the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities. Learn more
1 September to 1 November 2021: Cities submit applications to the National Commission for UNESCO in their country
30 November 2021: National Commissions for UNESCO submit applications of maximum three candidates to the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning
28 February 2022: Announcement of new members

Fifth International Conference on Learning Cities

GNLC member Yeonsu-gu, Republic of Korea, will host the fifth International Conference on Learning Cities (ICLC 5), which will take place from 27 to 30 October 2021. The event will gather education experts and representatives of the 229 members of the UNESCO GNLC around the conference theme ‘Global health education and emergency response’. Learn more