Achievements and lessons learnt in building learning cities and in the expansion of the UNESCO GNLC
More than 50 experts, governors and educational executives from around 20 countries were gathered in Mexico City on 19 and 20 November 2014 to share experiences and exchange ideas in developing learning cities during the first International Expert Meeting for preparing the second International Conference on Learning Cities (ICLC).
The aim of the meeting was to take stock of the achievements and lessons learnt in building learning cities and the progress in the establishment and expansion of the Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) since the first International Conference on Learning Cities.
Based on an introduction of a series of case studies of learning cities compiled by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), participants had extensive discussions on the ways of developing learning cites worldwide and provided constructive suggestions on the first draft of UNESCO’s Guidelines on Developing Learning Cities. As a result of the meeting, cities such as Beijing, Espoo, Swansea and Balanga will double their efforts to start monitoring and evaluating the progress of developing learning cities in their respective contexts based on the Key Features on Learning Cities.
This first International Expert Meeting was an important component of the preparatory work of the second ICLC. All the suggestions collected through the meeting will be incorporated into the working plan of the second ICLC.