The report of the fourth International Conference on Learning Cities (ICLC 4) is now available: Conference report Inclusion – A principle for lifelong learning and sustainable cities. It provides a detailed account of the conversations and knowledge exchange that took place at the conference in Columbia - which was held in October last year. 

About 650 people attended the conference including 50 mayors.  

There were three plenary sessions on policies for inclusion at the local level, governance structures to support inclusive policy, and monitoring mechanisms for learning cities.  

Four discussion groups focused on the vulnerable groups in cities: the digitally excluded, migrants, elderly populations and youth-at-risk. 

A mayors’ forum and an outline of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities’ future strategy rounded out the event. 

In the introductory overview of the conference it was noted that: 
Learning cities are those that can effectively mobilize resources in every sector to promote inclusive learning from basic to higher education. Learning cities also revitalize learning in families, communities and the workplace throughout life. To expand learning opportunities for all learners in all contexts, learning cities make use of modern learning technologies. Developing quality in learning and nurturing a culture of learning throughout life are at the heart of learning cities. Guided by the principle of inclusion, in learning cities ‘all citizens, regardless of ability, gender and sexuality, social background, language, ethnicity, religion or culture should have equal access to learning opportunities. 

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