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2nd International Conference on Learning Cities 28–30 September 2015, Mexico City

Building Sustainable Learning Cities

Conference Report

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Building Sustainable Learning Cities

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I. Opening Ceremony


II. UNESCO Learning City Award Ceremony Award Recipients’ Statements III. Sessions and Forums Plenary Sessions Mayors’ Forum: Lifelong Learning for All is our Cities’ Future Thematic Forums Regional Forums IV. Ways Forward: Statements and Guidelines Mexico City Statement on Sustainable Learning Cities Guidelines for Building Learning Cities 3 x 3 x 3 x 3 Youth Statement

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Appendices 70 Appendix 1: Conference Agenda 70 Appendix 2: Bureau of the Conference, Sponsors, Organizers and Hosting Organizations 71 Appendix 3: Additional Information on the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities and the UNESCO Learning City Award 72

Foreword — Mr Qian Tang

Foreword ‘Societies can only develop sustainably if we all learn how to live responsibly.’

It is my pleasure to present the following Report on the 2nd International Conference on Learning Cities, which was co-organized by UNESCO and the Government of Mexico City. The Conference, which was dedicated to the theme ‘Building Sustainable Learning Cities’, took place from 28 to 30 September 2015 in Mexico City. This UNESCO World Heritage site provided a stunning backdrop to many inspiring and informative presentations and discussions. Over the course of the Conference, it became evident that the world’s cities share a keen awareness that societies can only develop sustainably if we all learn how to live responsibly. This awareness is also reflected in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which explicitly underlines the importance of ‘fostering an ethic of global citizenship and shared responsibi