Mexico City: Venue of the 2nd International Conference on Learning CitiesBy Valeria Bigurra Peñavera
In order to lay the groundwork for the creation of sustainable Learning cities and also contribute to the formation of the education agenda of UNESCO 2030, the Second International Conference of the Global Network of Learning Cities, which began yesterday Monday September 28 and will end on September 30, will take place in Mexico City.
This event will be attended by mayors and representatives of more than 140 cities worldwide, as well as experts in education, including French philosopher Gilles Lipovetsky.
According to the website of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the conference is held thanks to the joint work of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), the Mexico City Ministry of Education (Sedu), the Mexican Commission of Cooperation with UNESCO (CONALMEX) and the UNESCO Office in Mexico. Its aim is to take stock of achievements and expand services for the worldwide construction of sustainable learning cities with the aim of contributing to social cohesion and economic and environmental sustainability.
The First International Conference on Learning Cities (ICLC) was held in Beijing in 2013, co-organized by UNESCO, the Chinese Ministry of Education and the Beijing Municipal Government. This year, the effort of cities that have made exemplary progress in the implementation of the agreed approaches discussed at the first event will be recognized.
In Beijing they were able to gather more than 550 mayors responsible for the education of cities along with experts from 102 countries. There they approved two key documents: the Beijing Declaration on Building Learning Cities and the Key Features of Learning Cities.
It is noteworthy that according to the official website of the UNESCO, a Learning City is one that mobilizes its resources in an effective way to:
• Promote inclusive learning from basic education to higher education.
• Revitalize learning in families and communities.
• Facilitate learning for work and the workplace.
• Extend the use of modern learning technologies.
• Improve the quality and excellence in learning.
• Develop a culture of learning throughout life.
All this in order to create and strengthen the empowerment of individuals, foster a united society, economic and cultural prosperity; and achieve sustainable development.
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