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The 2nd International Expert Meeting for preparing the 2nd International Conference on Learning Cities held successfully in Hangzhou

6 March 2015

The 2nd International Expert Meeting for preparing the 2nd International Conference on Learning Cities (ICLC) was held in Hangzhou, China, on 3 and 4 March. More than forty participants, including representatives of UNESCO offices and UN agencies, global leaders, mayors, city education executives and representatives of the private sector and international organizations came together to prepare the 2nd ICLC.

Mr Du Yue, Secretary-General of the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO, which co-organized the Expert Meeting with UIL, delivered a welcoming address in which he stressed the importance of lifelong learning for sustainable development and the key role played by cities in this regard.

Participants provided feedback and input on several initiatives prepared by the UIL coordination team of the Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC). These initiatives will be presented at the 2nd ICLC. Participants gave final feedback on the UNESCO Guidelines on Developing Learning Cities; initial input on these guidelines had been provided at the 1st International Expert Meeting (Mexico City, 27 November 2014). Participants agreed that the guidelines address the critical issues that arise during learning cities’ various stages of development. In addition, participants provided important input and feedback on a GNLC Membership Concept and a Learning City Award. The meeting also provided opportunities for peer learning and exchange on the development of learning cities in China and all around the world.

Mr Arne Carlsen, director of UIL, recalled the significant progress that has been made since the 1st ICLC in building learning cities worldwide and in establishing the GNLC. He expressed his gratitude to all partners for their support and looked forward to the great success the 2nd ICLC is sure to enjoy thanks to the collective efforts of UNESCO and all stakeholders.